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Funny Essay – Speaking in Tongues

Funny Essay – Speaking in Tongues

Need a little humor tossed into your day? Let me entertain you! My short essay, “Speaking in Tongues” is up at Crack the Spine, issue 116. Adapted from my memoir and layered in dark humor, this slice-of-life from a kid’s perspective explores fanaticism, women’s issues and mental health. Warning: When I read this aloud at my … Continue reading

A Tribute to Matt Kailey

A Tribute to Matt Kailey

I’m feeling a mixture of things as I write this. I am both heartbroken over the loss of such a great soul and honored to have known Matt Kailey. For those of you who don’t know, Matt was a transsexual man and award-winning author, blogger, activist, and nationally recognized speaker on transgender issues. Our connection … Continue reading

Hate Mail: We’ve Got Your Puppy!

Hate Mail: We’ve Got Your Puppy!

“If everybody loves you, something is wrong.” -Paulo Coelho, author I’ve been getting hate mail lately. My writing exists in various places on the web and in print. Some of the senders don’t bother to mention which essay, interview, or short story pissed them off. Others are kind enough to inform me that they read such-and-such … Continue reading

Revision vs. Resistance (watch out, writers!)

If you’ve read Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, then you know about Resistance. Pressfield believes Resistance is an actual force (invisible, implacable & impersonal) whose aim is to prevent us from doing our work. I happen to agree. I think it’s part of the Hero’s Journey of life. We get the Call to … Continue reading

Panic Attack or Lotus Moment?

The other night I had an anxiety attack, in public, during a reading amidst a group of fellow writers. It caught me by complete surprise. It wasn’t the first time I’ve experienced anxiety like that, but it was the first time in many long years. I wasn’t able to finish reading the piece I had written. … Continue reading

Don’t Cram Everything into One Story

As writers, we’re under a lot of pressure. True, writing can be a joyful, invigorating process, but there is also a great deal of stress involved: Scene development, dialogue, plot, characters and thematic questions, not to mention all those tricky points of grammar. There is pressure to get it all right. Pressure is like crack … Continue reading