Elephant

Wells Tower wrote a piece for GQ on elephant hunting that is conflicted, honest, messy and great. It’s somewhat rare to find a piece about the life and death of animals that is neither Just The Facts nor a Message. I read both of those kinds of writing with some frequency, but they never feel quite right, because my own …

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Patience, Part Two

The simplest and most-repeated piece of writing advice is to just write. This seems stupid, unless you’ve done some writing and have learned for yourself how easy it is to find alternatives to writing: research, building a social media platform (=trolling Facebook), “research,” rejiggering your website, editing, editing again, refreshing your inbox for submission confirmations/those …

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Bunny

A short piece I wrote is up on (gulp) Karen Joy Fowler’s website. I’ve thought about the described moment many times over, and thought about writing it, but never put it down. It’s one of those feelings you’re introduced to in some youthful incident that, whenever you encounter that emotion again, there you are again in your …

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Boys’ Club

There has been a lot of conversation lately about sexism in speculative fiction–no, not the buxom wenches still lingering on covers and the awful “sure I’ve got a rack but I can still kick your ass” characters (though both of those things are legitimately horrid), but real-life sexism towards real-life ladies: writers and editors and fans. I’m not going …

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Rejected Author Bios for a Series of Children’s ESL Phonics Books

Mrs. Moore lives and writes in a series of cardboard boxes taped together to form a system of caves. She may or may not have a choice selection of college degrees, which may or may not have earned her a temporary job with the U.S. Census bureau and a bad credit score. She does not …

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