Category Archives: Book tour

The Shame I Feel

I’m stupid. I’m inadequate. I am a failure. This is what I grew up believing about myself, and there was no place that proved these points more often, more relentlessly, and more consistently than school. All day long, five days … Continue reading

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Making Art in the Age of Trump

Writing takes spaciousness. It requires managing time and psychic space. It requires holding part of yourself away from things: reality, jobs, bills, money, even marriage and partnership and family. It requires keeping a large part of your heart and mind … Continue reading

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What are you working on now?

What are you working on now? There is no escaping this question once you are a published author, but the answer is complicated. For me anyway, which is one reason I don’t like to talk about works in progress. In … Continue reading

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Elitist Construct

Dear Karen, Long before my first book was published, long before I had even written it, I struggled with finding a way to put words on paper and have them become a story. Part of my study was to read … Continue reading

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Identity

Dear Karen, I have read and reread your letter many times. This is what struck me the most, it was in reference to leaving the job: “It’s as if I have turned in my sweatshirt that identifies me as a … Continue reading

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Pressure

Dear Karen, On Friday I sat with a group of women in my studio and we wrote about being artists. Beforehand I read a short piece about uncertainty from the book Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. … Continue reading

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Showing Up Whole

Dear Karen, A few nights ago I dreamed about my book launch party and reading. It is coming up this week on Thursday. Then on Saturday I have another event in a different city, a radio interview on Monday, a … Continue reading

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Voices

Dear Karen, I know what you mean. When I started writing, seriously writing, my one goal was to get my novel published. I met that goal, but was surprised at how unsatisfying it felt. Suddenly there were awards I had … Continue reading

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