Monthly Archives: March 2012

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(Trigger warning for transmisogyny, transphobia.) I have complicated feelings about Adrienne Rich’s passing: respect for everyone I know who was deeply impacted by her work, and disappointment at her contribution to pervasive transphobia. This…

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Writing about Writing: Break Your Rules

Many years ago, when I was a young, broke writer waiting tables for a living (well, most of that hasn’t changed), I sent away for the brochures from several writing programs. At the time I didn’t have any hopes of … Continue reading

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Submission! (Get Your Mind Out Of the Gutter, Jeez…)

I’ve been really going full-force on my writing. I am spending part of every day writing, but I’m also looking out to the business end of it. I have several stories that are ready for submission. And submitting to literary … Continue reading

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Rant: Gender and Writing

Last night, one of my housemates, who is also a writer, mentioned “The Gender Genie” to me. It’s a project that supposedly focuses on the less-obvious tics in a writer’s diction that give the writing gender. Technical names for things … Continue reading

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I Finished the First Draft of My Novel!

Yesterday was an exciting day. In fact, it was a pretty exciting weekend. Since I got fired from my job in January, I have committed to writing five pages of my novel a day, five days a week. This Saturday … Continue reading

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Writing About Writing: My Inner Narrator

I tried to explain it in a writing class once. “I can be doing anything, walking down the street, maybe, and then this other part of me takes over. A different voice. And it’s narrating a story, or turning what … Continue reading

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Writing About Writing: Writing What You Don’t Know

When I was a teenager, On the Road was one of my favorite novels. And part of that was because I was a seventeen-year-old kid without a car stuck in study hall in a smelly high school cafeteria when I read … Continue reading

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