Well, you can't. Or at least I couldn't. But wait! WC Bryant writing https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:W_C_Bryant_writing.jpg Nanowrimo is a fantastic way to get a rough draft of something done and it's a wonderful way to experiment, to dare yourself to try to work with something impossible or wacky or both. Take me and my forthcoming novel Pretend … Continue reading Happy Nanowrimo — think you can’t write a novel in a month?
Dear friends of the unreal -- I have begun -- kind of without meaning to -- an unreal and at times seemingly impossible reading project. In a May 21 2021 article for the New Yorker francophile Adam Gopnik likens reading all of Proust's A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU (IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME) to … Continue reading I read the Big Book (part 1?)
Dear friends of the unreal -- courtesy https://filmartgallery.com/collections/leone-sergio Well, reality continues to imitate art doesn't it? If I did polls (which I don't) I'd ask you to pick whether you think things resemble the Day After Tomorrow (the fire version), Outbreak, or one of the many Zombie movies that are out and about. Or, which … Continue reading “these are trying times”
Happy almost end of July dear writers of the not so very real. The more I go on in this writing business, the more I learn that the world of writing is all about relationships. It's the relationships that make it more than a job -- paid or unpaid. The people we connect with on … Continue reading Reading, talking and writing with writers from far away
We write to share our inner world -- what we remember, what we observe, what we hate and what we love -- with strangers. And we read to enter worlds and points of view and embodied experiences that are not our own, but that through reading and imagining become a part of us. This was … Continue reading What to read during PRIDE 2021 — Torrey Peters’ Detransition, Baby
My last quarter of teaching at UC Riverside, almost 10 years ago now, I elected to focus my Women's Lit class on issues related to trans-gender identities and to writing by trans and non-binary authors. It was during that time, that I discovered a hybrid collection of poetry and essays by the writer Ryka Aoki. … Continue reading What to read during Pride Month 2021: revisiting the work of Ryka Aoki (and looking forward to a forthcoming sf novel!)
I read Christopher Records' collection a year ago, and I was blown away by his delicate, thoughtful linked short stories. The focus of the collection is on people interacting in Southern California's Inland Empire in a slightly speculative future world. Here the young and old, queer and straight, cis gendered and nonbinary end up moving -- mostly -- … Continue reading Books to read during Pride Month 2021/revisiting Christopher Records’ CARE STORIES
Dear friends -- Another month in that academic year that feels like a decade known as 2020-2021 lumbers on. How is it possible for time to fly AND crawl? No idea. But that's how it feels. Too fast and too slow. Proust's proofing of the first volume ... courtesy of Wikipedia I am now onto … Continue reading Where did April go?…. More reading, some thinking, some writing
Dear friends of the unreal -- I've been busily re-reading the writing of my wonderful MFA thesis director, Kathleen Alcalá. I was fortunate enough to get a review article about her published by TIKKUN Magazine and you can read that review article here: :https://www.tikkun.org/solitude-intersectionality-eco-judaism-and-community-in-the-writing-of-kathleen-alcala/ What I don't say in the article is how influenced my … Continue reading where did March go? answer: reading…
I have a new book coming out this week! RESCUE PLAN features a teenage cancer survivor who is struggling to sort out his sexual identity. He also sees spirits. RESCUE PLAN takes place in Narrow Interior, the strange New England town of my debut novel THE PUPPET TURNERS. Here are some advance reviews from two … Continue reading My novelette RESCUE PLAN comes out February 10th!