Our dog and the passive voice

  “What happened to your dog’s eye?” We were at the dog park and Mya was running around like the year-old high energy pup she is when the 7 year old son of another dog owner asked the question. “What happened to your dog’s...

This Is the Summer of my Discontent

Summers are hard for me, because I have the summer version of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Some years, such as this one, it exists in conjunction with a separate episode of Major Depression. It’s a bit like how water damage and mold was coexisting on my ceiling...
I’m Done With My Book… So What Now?

I’m Done With My Book… So What Now?

My next book, The Guild Conspiracy, is off to the copy-editor this week, and now that I no longer have any major editing to do on it, I’m in a weird sort of book limbo. I don’t really know what to do with myself. I’m not quite ready to jump into the next thing—or...

The Importance of Impermanence

Whenever I write a coming of age story, I have this moment where I sit back and wonder, “What gives me the right to give life lessons to other people? What gives me the right to make characters who grow and blossom when I feel like I’m still growing...

Embracing Art

Last year, I got this feeling like I was never doing enough. “Unaccomplished” doesn’t begin to describe the deep-seated hopelessness and worthlessness clenching my heart. No matter what I did, I’d look at the mountain of work left. Whenever I...