Reading, talking and writing with writers from far away

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

What to read during PRIDE 2021 — Torrey Peters’ Detransition, Baby

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

What to read during Pride Month 2021: revisiting the work of Ryka Aoki (and looking forward to a forthcoming sf novel!)

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!)

Books to read during Pride Month 2021/revisiting Christopher Records’ CARE STORIES

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

Where did April go?…. More reading, some thinking, some writing

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

where did March go? answer: reading…

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…

My novelette RESCUE PLAN comes out February 10th!

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!

Happy December! Here’s a tiny bit of speculative nonfiction about my mom

Friends -- hope you are doing ok during this weird winter of 2020. December is the birthday month of my mother, the late Barbé Hammer, and it is fitting that a piece I wrote about her and my brilliant mother in law Charlotte Behrendt has gone live over at the 10th Anniversary issue of THE … Continue reading Happy December! Here’s a tiny bit of speculative nonfiction about my mom

my gratitude problem

Friends -- Looking towards the USA celebration of Thanksgiving tomorrow, there has been a gradual build-up in gratitude practices on social media and elsewhere. In my Jewish spirituality learning group – called a chavruta – we’ve been talking about it too. In that group I admitted something embarrassing: this gratitude stuff grates on me. It … Continue reading my gratitude problem