A Happier Perspective On Donald Trump’s Presidency

Readers, if there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I love getting a shift in perspective. A slight twist of the lens, a zoom in or out, some new information provided: I feel a deep thrill to have an issue freshened, a story given new dimension. (In another life, I might have been a judge.)   I usually keep these revelations to myself. I also don’t usually talk politics on the... read more

7 Things HIMYM Taught Me About Writing

Before we get to today’s post, I just wanted to acknowledge changes to the website. I’m trying out a cleaner look, and slowly transitioning from a straight blog to an author website. You’ll notice a few small visual changes here and there, but for the most part, content on the blog will remain the same. I’m playing with some new backgrounds and color schemes, so what you see today... read more

A Moment In Time: Fifty Words

Today’s fifty(ish)-word story comes from a moment during my weekend at the Writer’s Digest conference. American Dream A man spoons a woman. They lie flush against a building, the curve of their spoons bowing into the sidewalk. They sleep as New Yorkers rush past, coffee cups in hand, eyes and thoughts focused elsewhere. I pass by, leaving no money to be stolen before they wake, taking the... read more

Twenty Years of Stories

Today I turn 34. And that should be a relief, because 33 was my scary age, but for the first time in my life, I’m getting regular shocks of “I’m old.”  The first time was earlier this month, when someone made a reference to high school, and I realized that I’m now twice the age that I was when I graduated. (Technically I was almost 18, not “just” 17, when I... read more

Don’t Let Your Story Be Like Juno’s

This past weekend was a very exciting time for downstate New Yorkers. We went to bed on Saturday night after a small snowstorm kept us housebound all day, then woke on Sunday morning to the breaking news that another storm was coming on Tuesday. This was no typical snowstorm; it was already being forecast as a blizzard. Nay, not just a blizzard, but the blizzard of the century: JUNO. It was being compared... read more

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