• 5 Things I Learned Writing My Latest Rough Draft

    by  • July 11, 2016 • 0 Comments

    I’ve noticed a weird thing about acting. If I’m a bit nervous before I go onstage, then when I get out there, I’m calm and fine. I’ve prepared for not being able to predict exactly what’s going to happen, and I’ve accepted that each performance has surprise moments. However, if I find myself strutting...

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    Join This Fandom: Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe

    by  • July 4, 2016 • 0 Comments

    There are dozens of online writers praising Rebecca Sugar’sĀ animatedĀ series Steven Universe, which is feminist, queer-positive, and generally amazing. Allow me to join them. Steven Universe is the comic, sentimental, epic story of a boy named, what else, Steven Universe, who is the newest member of the Crystal Gems. Said Gems are superheroine-like beings committed...

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    Thoughts on True Crime Podcasts

    by  • June 20, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Like everyone and their dog, I got into podcasts through the first season of Serial, a true crime investigation. I’ve always been interested in true crime; at least 25% of my inability to fall asleep as a child was probably caused by a paperback volume of Unsolved Mysteries that made me worry that any...

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    How to Catch a Writer: 6 Easy Methods for the Novice

    by  • June 13, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Conventional wisdom has it that writers make poor household pets, but once you have the opportunity to observe these delightful creatures as close range, you’ll find their care offers the enterprising pet lover a rewarding experience. Recent legislation has made the importation of writers for private ownership illegal in most countries, but, luckily, this...

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    Why I Still Love My Favourite Picture Book

    by  • June 6, 2016 • 0 Comments

    There’s only one picture book that I find myself turning to as an adult because I crave its emotional message. Don’t mistake me: I love a lot of picture books. I love their charm, their evocativeness, their wit, their simplicity, their complexity. I love some of them for the memories they spark and others...

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    On the Privilege of Giving Up

    by  • May 30, 2016 • 0 Comments

    I think I fetishize the virtue of not giving up. I’m not alone, of course. I didn’t come up with this idea that, no matter how sick I feel, there is something weak about not going to the gym on what’s supposed to be legs day. Or, for that matter, that being so sick...

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    Ask the Writing Gods!

    by  • May 16, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Hello, and welcome to this week’s column of “Ask the Writing Gods.” As usual, we, the deities in charge of writing, revising, inspiration, ideas, and all things authorial, will answer callers’ questions about their works-in-progress and — oh god, not you again. ME: Hi!

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