The Fallow Time

  A wise friend once told me that if I want to harvest the tree, I have to water the roots. It was her way of teaching me self-care in the creative process. And it’s true. I’ve used that metaphor, as well as the ‘put your own oxygen mask on...

Learning to let go

  There’s a terrific Hanukkah story called Herchel and the Hanukkah Goblins wherein a traveler (Herchel) comes to a village where the residents are being terrorized by goblins who hate Hanukkah. Our hero outwits the goblins and all is restored....

Loss, Grief, and Endings

    In the middle of July, 2015, I was invited to stay at a friend’s summer property on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont for a week. It was a much needed retreat from the world and a place where I could find the solitude and space to mourn my...

The Science of Science Fiction

When people ask me about what I do, I often say I have the best job in the world. I get to make stuff up for a living. And, yeah, that’s pretty damned awesome. But it’s also a somewhat flippant response along with being an incomplete one. Being a writer...