Dear Readers, Today I realized I should just put this story up here, free to read and easily accessible. "Those Who Return" is my loving response to Ursula Le Guin's famous "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas." (Content Warning for the Le Guin: child abuse.) Many, many, many writers have written responses to Le … Continue reading My Original Fiction: Those Who Return
I'd already started reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer before the Covid-19 stuff really took off and a pandemic was declared. Once everything started spiraling, Braiding Sweetgrass became my touchstone, my comfort, my tether in this unraveling world. It was already everything I needed in … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Pandemic Installment: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Ok, so this just dropped on Netflix two days ago, and I already watched it all, then cried about how long I'll have to wait for a new season. It's got everything I want in a good story: fleshed out characters with diverse identities, overlapping problems, no easy solutions to anything under late capitalism in … Continue reading Recommended Viewing: Gentefied
Janelle Monáe. Janelle Monáe. Janelle Monáe! I'm all about PROJECT Q.U.E.E.N. Janelle Monáe is the hera I've needed my whole life. The songs and videos exist to be read. She speaks up and out, for all of us. I love her so much. I like this list of her videos on youtube. And yes, "Make … Continue reading Recommended Listening/Viewing/Reading: Janelle Monáe is EVERYTHING
An Open Letter to the Literary Community, American Letters are in crisis. With the recent election, I’ve seen our community struggle with all the things we got wrong. For decades, we’ve told young writers not to be “political” in their writing, which somehow transformed into “don’t write about anything important. Only write in ways that … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Literary Community
Unicorns are awesome. I believe most aspects of our culture to be toxic and in favor of creating wealth for the rich while preventing most people from living fulfilling, meaningful lives. Human flourishing isn't a priority at all. In fact, in the past, major employers tested out shorter work hours and discovered that when people … Continue reading What’s Up With All the Unicorns?
It is totally worth pointing out that when I first started putting this site together, I deleted one million preinstalled widgets and also the "blog" portion. I had zero intentions of saying anything about anything that wasn't simply linking to my stories and essays and maybe interviews I've done or will do or am doing. … Continue reading More On The Big Head Debate
It's occasionally suggested to me that I have a big head. This suggestion is usually offered by either my partner, who is a wizard, or occasionally by my best friend, who is also a wizard, and an editor. Wizards have a really big problem with barging into places, giant heads first, and declaring this and … Continue reading A Big Head
Are you reading these? Why? Why not, really? I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm not a web developer, but I am also too much of a weird control freak to just let someone else do this for me, though they've offered to for free. Do I have trust issues? Am I paranoid? More … Continue reading How Many To Read? How Many To Write?
Ah, sweet old Capitalism, wherein thirty different companies offer an array of confusing services at confusing rates, disallowing a clear comparison. I thought simply choosing wordpress for my author's website would help me focus and move forward, but now I find they are rather rude and limiting. So now instead of static pages, I have … Continue reading I Have Made So Many Mistakes