In Which I Announce My Next Book

      I am thrilled to announce that Engine Books will be publishing a collection of my essays in April, 2016. THRILLLLEEEEDDDD!!!!! I have hoped there would be a place in the world for a book made up of short pieces like the ones I have shared online, pieces that are neither exclusively memoir […]

A Love Letter To My Youngest Child

  My youngest, a daughter, is graduating from high school this month. A lot of kids are – two of my own already have, and have graduated from college too. Graduations, for whatever reasons, don’t normally move me. I’m rarely caught up in the rituals that we’re told to find affecting. I’m not much of […]

The Subject Is Subjectivity

First a disclaimer: I’m not a big fan of writing advice – of a certain type.  In fact, when I’m in that kind of pissy irritated mood that leads one to go out of one’s way to seek reasons to become more irritated, I’ll often skip around the internet from one blog to another that […]

Relics of the Past

So, it’s Sunday morning and CBS Sunday Morning just did a feature on Susan Boyle. And damned if that number isn’t featured prominently: 47. Her age.  My age. Middle-age. I was an unrepentant weeper when she made her debut.  I watched the thing oh, I don’t know, maybe thirty times.  (Maybe 47 times?)  I read […]

Did I really say “Great?”

So, I am teaching a class in writing Short Fiction at Bryn Mawr College this semester.  (An aside: I like beginning blog posts with “so” it somehow makes me feel less as though I am WRITING.) So, as luck would have it – thank you,luck – this class is made up of exactly the kind […]

First Book, First Blog Post

First, a word about this blog.  True confession:  I don’t really know what I want this to be.  I don’t have a plan. That’s also, for anyone who’s interested, how I write stories  I have no plan.  I know almost nothing when I sit down to write.  Maybe a character.  Maybe a small fact about […]