Toxic Fandom

A few days ago, an old college acquaintance posted a conversation she’d had with one of her teenage children. They’re both fans of an author who has had a large gap between books in a series. Their conversation was a joking exchange about tying the writer to a chair until they completed the next book.... Continue Reading →

A Scattershot of Hot Takes

Two issues have raised my ire this week. The first Dumpster fire is, of course, the impeachment of Donald Trump. I don't think anyone is surprised that Senate Republicans are doing everything they can to derail the impeachment and protect the party's leader. I'm not, anyway. I just didn't realize that the entire leadership was... Continue Reading →

You’ve Been Summoned

Today is a soapbox day. You’ve been warned. One of my coworkers received a jury duty notification recently. Everyone has offered their suggestions on what to say to get out of serving. I won’t join that discussion because the idea of shirking jury duty infuriates me. Yes, I know America’s judicial system is flawed. Yes,... Continue Reading →

What Is a Legacy?

I used to think the idea of a midlife crisis was absurd. Why, I wondered, did so many people hit a certain age and then suddenly blow up their carefully crafted lives? Now that I’m in my late forties, I don’t find the idea of a midlife crisis absurd at all. I recently encountered Erik... Continue Reading →

Coda: Writerly Foibles

I’m not sure my earlier piece was as clear as I’d like. Rather than taking it down, I’m adding a second post. When thinking about what terrain writers can and cannot cover, I think the key is recognizing that there’s a difference between writers as creators and writers as publishing professionals. When writers are in... Continue Reading →

Artistic Work and Compensation

I am loath to admit it, but I haven’t been very productive since returning from the UnCon two weeks ago. That’s partly due to the settling-in process required after traveling. You know, laundry, stocking the pantry, making sure bills are paid, and so on. But like most writers I know, I’m bad about protecting my... Continue Reading →

Lengthening Shadows

Here in the U.S., we’re rolling into Labor Day weekend. In a lot of communities, Labor Day marks the end of the summer break for children and teachers. Many call this weekend “the end of summer,” and it will be the last big weekend for travel, hanging out at the beach, and cookouts. While summer... Continue Reading →

Literacy and Storytelling

I’ve been thinking about how writing, storytelling, and literacy intersect (or not) in American culture. For a long time, humans believed we were superior to animals because we were smarter. Then we learned how to measure the intelligence of pigs and dolphins. We assumed a dividing line between humans and animals was the ability to... Continue Reading →

Not Aging Gracefully

I’m going to rant today. You’ve been warned. The past couple of weeks have presented me with reminders that I’m a square peg in a round-hole world. Most of the time, I take pride in being an oddball. But even though I’m proud that I don’t fit neatly into the world’s categories, that doesn’t always... Continue Reading →

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