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Vol. 101, The Boring Wonder of Being Meta About It All

Posted on 9 November 2014

It’s hard not to be meta in this time period when we have so much information flowing at us, but I have noticed that there’s a weird sort of detachment that comes with maturing as an artist. Case in point: Even as I put all this sweat into my novel manuscript, I know that it… »

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Vol. 100, On Hunger and How It Necessitates Relentlessness

Posted on 23 September 2014

Hunger was quite a theme this weekend. I had lunch with an author. We were both famished by the time we got to the restaurant. She talked to me about her upcoming tour and her latest successes. When I told her I was almost done with my draft and was planning to send it out… »

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Vol. 99: Yes, I am a novelist; No, I have not completed a novel

Posted on 18 April 2014

So, I went to an event tonight and I was chatting up the presenter—an accomplished and well-awarded playwright—and I said “I’m a novelist,” and carried on the conversation. It wasn’t until I walked away that I was like, “Wait, I’ve never published a novel.” That’s how deep in I am with my novel. Yeah, I’m… »

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Vol. 98, Self-Love: Not Easy, But Required

Posted on 25 September 2013

“I LOATHE myself. I am the greatest disappointment of my life on all fronts: professionally, physically, financially, romantically.”—From Vanessa Libertad Garcia’s suicide note, which was posted as her last blog post What would you imagine to be the profile of someone who is *the* greatest disappointment of her life? A woman who has production and… »

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Vol. 97, Writing: Ancillary Skills Required

Posted on 29 August 2013

My friend and I were discussing dance and I was telling her how—although I used to be a dancer, I haven’t danced formally in years. Recently, I participated in a friend’s flash mob and could not for the life of me remember the choreography. We discussed the fact that the skill of remembering choreography is… »

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Vol. 96, Writing Requires Mental Fitness

Posted on 13 July 2013

I remember when I traveled a lot, people used to tell me: I wish I could do that. I always thought to myself: No, you don’t. Of course they wanted to see the world, make new friends, meet new cultures, but all of that came with a cost. There was a certain level of mental fitness… »

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Vol. 95, Thoughts vs. Reality: A Novel Time Line

Posted on 30 June 2013

It’s absolutely incredible how hogtied we are by the things we *think* we aren’t capable of. Oftentimes our actual level of capability has zero correlation to our perceived capability. In other words what we think we can’t do has nothing to do with what we actually can do.   If you would have told me… »

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Vol. 94: Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters

Posted on 7 June 2013

When I was younger, my mother’s bookshelf was my library. It was home to many novels that are central to Black woman’s literature. I could grasp plots that featured grown-up experiences, but much of the subtext and external references escaped me. This didn’t stop me from voraciously consuming everything I could get my hands on… »

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Vol. 93, Wiscon 37

Posted on 29 May 2013

This past Memorial Day weekend I attended my second Wiscon Feminist Science Fiction in Madison, Wisconsin. Last year was my first Wiscon. It was like a rambling carnival of conversation, literature, sharing, and mental expansion. This year I had the added excitement of being the Tiptree winner. (I was looking forward to meeting my co-winner… »

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Vol. 92, Embodiment

Posted on 30 April 2013

I’ve been thinking a lot about embodiment. About how dipping deeper into your inspirations and instincts can be the antidote to artistic paralysis and confusion. This past month, I had the opportunity to see a few live performances that pushed me to further meditate on how full immersion strengthens your art.   One of the… »

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