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Don’t Airbrush Me, Mother Fucker

So I tried to take a selfie after I got the upsetting news that I wasn’t accepted for a writing fellowship I really, really wanted. I didn’t get accepted last year either, but I got an encouraging message: they hated to turn me down, my work stood out, please apply next year, blah blah blah. A very nice message that made me really, really hope I’d get accepted this year. But now I got rejected again and was sent the same encouraging message, which means the whole thing was less personal than I thought when I got it last year.…

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Hire Me.

So, a well-paid, relatively stress free freelance gig of mine is about to end. I would say that I was fired only you don’t really “fire” freelancers. When my boss broke the news to me, he told me unfortunately our “collaboration” was ending. It ends up I didn’t have enough background knowledge to write about the topic at the company with any real authority. Granted, they should have known that from the beginning. If memory serves, I think I said something at the interview like, “This is not at all my field, and I have no prior industry knowledge whatsoever.…

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2 x 3 For 2019 (And One Surprise)

Three best books I’ve been a big reader for as long as I can remember, but occasionally I find writers who mean something more to me personally than, ‘Gee, that was a pretty good book.’ Usually these writers have one or more of the following characteristics: In other words, writers whose work I admire who are also somewhat like me. Since I’m straight, this writer crush stuff can get a little complicated if the writer in question happens to be a man. If I ever met said writer in person and gushed out all my enthusiasm, what if he ended…

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“Hungry Boy That Close To Danger” Published in PANK

My short story “Hungry Boy That Close To Danger” was just published in PANK. Yeah! Like all stories, this one took a while to place, and I’m really happy it got accepted by a magazine I like so much. Hungry Boy is one of those stories that came hard and fast. Well, sort of. Actually, the premise behind the story came from the one and only time I ever attempted to write and illustrate a comic. When I was in my early 20s, my somewhat-boyfriend-mostly-best-friend was a very talented, entirely self-taught comic book illustrator. He used to pen these amazing…

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“To Possess Nature” Published In Verdad

My short story “To Possess Nature” was just published in Verdad Magazine. Yeah! I planned to do another goofy mock interview like I did for my story published Sixfold, but I’m too crazy busy these days for that much zaniness. I’m working on a big project writing online EFL lessons for primary and secondary students in British English. Like I’ve written here before, I write so much in British English these days my computer is convinced I’m English. It somehow set itself to BE, so when I’m writing favorite it automatically changes it to favourite or puts those angry red…

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A Few Gripes, If You Please…

So, as anyone knows who’s crazy enough to want to be a writer, a huge part of the writer’s life is rejection, rejection, rejection. I’m a pragmatic person who accepts this as part of the game, although I of course still dream big. Tin House has been looking at a story of mine for well over a year. Does that mean I have a chance at being the .0001 percent of writers they pull unsolicited from the slush pile, or are they just so backlogged they haven’t gotten around to rejecting me yet? Most likely the latter is true, but…

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“Forgotten Dreams” Published In Sixfold

So, my short story “Forgotten Dreams” was published in Sixfold magazine. Yeah! This is my first publication, and since I’m still such small potatoes, nobody really gives a crap about what I have to say. Except myself of course! That’s why I decided to be the goofball that I am and go ahead and interview myself. I had fun creating the interviewer personality. She enunciates so well (although she needs to work on leaving out the ums and uhhs). For some reason, I imagine she went to Wellesley. 😉 Anyway, here is the interview but two things before you read/take…

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Pity Party Take Ten Or Something

Yes, folks, it’s pity party time again. Just got notice that I was not shortlisted for a story competition I really thought I had a good shot at. The magazine sent out the same form letter that I’ve gotten from them before, stating that my piece “really stood out from the rest” and that I’m “obviously a talented writer” and they felt “honored to read my work”, but it was still a pass. The first time I got this letter I felt really encouraged, but this time I realized it’s more likely just they’re “no thanks, but please don’t slit…

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Out To Pasture

So here’s the thing folks: I’m from California, and this means I can do not one, but two different Tarot card spreads (anyone reading this from Los or San or Santa-something is probably shaking their heads right now and saying, “OMG, what a novice!”) I know my birth chart inside out and the healing properties of at least a couple of gemstones. That said, I’m still definitely sceptical of anything that seems too woo-woo new age-y, and always have been. In other words, it wasn’t a given that I would have gone to that psychic all those years ago. Actually,…

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