Tag Archives: The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

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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The Woo At Work

Writing a novel is messy. It’s a willful entrance into the unknown. It’s uncomfortable and weird and it feels wrong a lot of the time, especially in the beginning. And then one day you notice a gathering of clouds just … Continue reading

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The Market

People often ask me how to read the market. What should they do? What’s the next new trend? How did I know to write what I wrote when I wrote it? Look at me, I want to say. Do I … Continue reading

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Letting the Work Breathe

As soon as the contract for Persimmon Wilson was signed I started work on another novel. I knew I had just a slim window of time before the revision edits for Persy arrived in my inbox, and that once that … Continue reading

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Distorting American History

Dear Karen, I am not living the life I was raised to live. I was raised to be a housewife, to not work, to have children and stay home. My mother wanted me to go to college so I could … Continue reading

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Thick Skin, Tender Heart

Dear Lisa, Last week I received the revision letter for a novel that will be published in 2016. The notes are far more extensive than I expected. As I scrolled through initially I panicked. It seemed too much to absorb, … Continue reading

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Stillness and Productivity

Dear Karen, I have just returned to my home after three weeks of exile. By exile I mean that Ben and I had to move out while our floors were jack-hammered and the drains replaced. It was a long hard … 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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Puzzles

Dear Karen, I envy you being in the midst of writing a novel. I miss the puzzle of writing, the way my mind goes blank on everything else as I try to figure out the missing pieces. Maybe I need … 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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