Dear Sugar Revealed and How I Guessed Who She Was

As so many of you know by now (maybe in part because I’ve been feverishly tweeting about it), the writer of the brilliant, beautiful, wise, and often gut-wrenching anonymous column “Dear Sugar” on the Rumpus was revealed at her coming-out party in San Francisco last night. I wish I’d been there to cheer her on.Continue reading “Dear Sugar Revealed and How I Guessed Who She Was”

Turning Points: My Eighth Anniversary of Not Being Stupid by Jennifer Echols

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? I’m honored and excited to host their stories. Read on as Jennifer Echols reveals how she went through her turning point on February 14, eight years ago…Continue reading “Turning Points: My Eighth Anniversary of Not Being Stupid by Jennifer Echols”

Writer-to-Writer Interview + Book Giveaway: Nina LaCour and THE DISENCHANTMENTS

This new Writer-to-Writer Interview with Nina LaCour touches on novel inspirations, writing boy narrators, tackling second novels, and so much more about her beautiful new YA novel, The Disenchantments (Dutton, 2/16/12).  I can’t tell you enough how much I admire the author I’m interviewing today. I first discovered Nina LaCour’s debut novel, the stunning Hold Still, soonContinue reading “Writer-to-Writer Interview + Book Giveaway: Nina LaCour and THE DISENCHANTMENTS”

Turning Points: Guest Post by Megan Crewe

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? I’m honored and excited to host their stories. Read on as Megan Crewe reveals how she found the courage to transform her life… The biggest turning pointContinue reading “Turning Points: Guest Post by Megan Crewe”

An Unwitting Time Machine

Hi. So um. So… about an hour ago while trying to figure out why comments on old posts weren’t showing up (it was something I had unknowingly checked in the settings; I fixed it) I accidently updated an old post marked “private” from 2006… and it was not only no longer private, it was republishedContinue reading “An Unwitting Time Machine”

Turning Points: Guest Post by Léna Roy (+Giveaway)

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? I’m honored and excited to host their stories. Read on as Léna Roy honors the 50th Anniversary of her grandmother Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time by revealingContinue reading “Turning Points: Guest Post by Léna Roy (+Giveaway)”

Let’s Pretend: My Summer Writing Fantasies

Now’s the time of year when I start thinking of all the summer could hold, and I start going overboard not with tropical vacation fantasies… with writing fantasies. Really. Summer workshop deadlines are coming up—and there are so many places to go, if only I could. If money (and references) were no object, if IContinue reading “Let’s Pretend: My Summer Writing Fantasies”

Turning Points: Guest Post by Sarah Darer Littman (+Giveaway)

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? I’m honored and excited to host their stories. Read on as Sarah Darer Littman reveals how she had to “turn off the noise” in order to findContinue reading “Turning Points: Guest Post by Sarah Darer Littman (+Giveaway)”

Appreciating Where I Am

I’ve been looking around lately at where I am, I think because I know I’m leaving soon. (I’ll be away for a month-long stay at an artists colony in the California mountains—and I leave in March!) I didn’t grow up here in New York City, but I’ve always been drawn to this city. Really IContinue reading “Appreciating Where I Am”

Turning Points: Guest Post by Courtney Summers (+Giveaway)

This post is part of the Turning Points series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? I’m honored and excited to host their stories. If you’ve read this week’s posts, you’ve seen how a certain book—Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers—served as the turningContinue reading “Turning Points: Guest Post by Courtney Summers (+Giveaway)”