Amid all the awfulness — how can it keep coming at us this fast? — my new book of poems has made it into the world. INSTRUCTIONS, ABJECT & FUMING — seems like the exact title of 95% of the Facebook posts I’m drawn to these days. It’s been ten years since I published my
Okay, so I didn’t understand this before but “THE VIRTUAL SWALLOWS OF HOG ISLAND” is up at Tor.com as of today, for free. Enjoy. Share with others, if inclined… Click.
I went back to writing short stories this past year as a way to start over, to get back to my roots as a writer. (As a grad student, I’d have said I never intended to write a novel in my life.) What I really needed was a time away from writing, completely. But I’m
Tor publishes short stories on Amazon. They have a brilliantly odd and otherworldly sensibility that I’ve admired for a long time. I’m honored that they’re publishing three stories of mine in 2017. The first is up for pre-order — a .99-cent read. Here’s a bit about it: In “The Virtual Swallows of Hog Island,” a
Dave goes rogue and buys Elf on a Shelf. I say nothing. The next day, our 9 year old is upset because the Elf didn’t move or give her a gift or become engaged in an elaborate marshmallow fight instead it stayed in its box. Dave and I are alone. “So this Elf…” he says.I
I wrote a post-NaNoWriMo essay for Bustle on what to do once the first draft of the novel is done. (If you balk at #4 – Suffer fools gladly, I know a lot about you. More than you want me to.)
While reading John Irving’s In One Person, I remember stopping cold on this line, “By ’95 – in New York, alone – more Americans had died of AIDS than were killed in the Vietnam War.” I remembered walking through the city in the summer of ’89, seeing this young man stop to look at himself
My daughter, sculptor Phoebe Scott, has new work — and I’m thankful for the strange beauty of her mind. For more, visit her site.
I wrote this piece for Tor about my obsessive hunt for these pre-sleep hallucinatory slide-shows. Nabokov and Poe had them and wrote about them. I’d love to hear if other people A. have ever had them and B. want to try to recreate the experience. I’d love to hear how it goes. Yours in weirdness…
Look, I know the timing is tough … what with it being an Election Day AND one of the most contentious and important elections of our lifetime. BUT my new novel comes out today so IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AWAY, YOU CAN LOOK HERE. A novel about a fifteen-year-old girl who realizes that she