The Big What If?

It's important to not ever forget how hard this writing-and-publishing thing is. My struggles right now on this cool December morning may feel frustrating: I'm writing the big climactic sequence in Act III of my novel and it's dark in here and I can't see my own hand before my face and sometimes I feel … Continue reading The Big What If?

And Then the Phone Rang

I'm going to tell you a little story. Once upon a time, I had a job. It came with a window: But I lost the window. And—far worse—the door. And I was being a big baby about it. Because I knew I should just be grateful to still have a job. Everyone says that. So … Continue reading And Then the Phone Rang

The One Paragraph I’d Save from a Burning Building

Yesterday, I happened upon a paragraph from my graduate thesis, which had been a 500-page novel about my family. The paragraph was in a document from November of 2002. The last time I thought consciously about this project may well have been in November of 2002. I had forgotten that this paragraph existed. How could … Continue reading The One Paragraph I’d Save from a Burning Building