Category Archives: Adventure

Burning the Man

I opened the stage at Burning Man 2016 with this story. The crowd there liked it, and I hope you do too. It started off as a joke. People used say that it was the best week to get brunch, … Continue reading

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S E Q U E L

There are things you think will make you a REAL WRITER. And then they happen, and you're still just you. I'm real. You're real. Write. — Meg Elison (@megelison) February 4, 2016 I have been sitting on some good news … Continue reading

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9 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Burning Man

I’ve spent a lot of words here trying to define an experience that is ultimately indefinable. It’s something different for everyone, and you will likely have different wishes after your first burn.

It was the best and worst vacation I’ve ever had. Continue reading

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NorWesCon 38: a Glorious Blur

Memory is the ghost of time trapped in meat and it doesn’t always work. It works even less when the meat is excited. First, an old friend. I was met at the hotel by my friend Julian. I have moved … Continue reading

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Philip K. Dick Award Finalist

My debut novel, THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE, is on the shortlist for the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award. This is the coolest thing that has ever happened to me. I don’t know who nominated me, but I’m so … Continue reading

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The Country Gentleman

There aren’t many choices when you’re a matronly 15 year old virgin who wants to be someone else. You can’t be the beautiful girl you’d literally kill to become. You’re also locked out of innocent ingénue, femme fatale, and cheerfully … Continue reading

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Dressing to suit your own personal fable

You wore your hair in braids last night and now it’s doing that rippling thing that helps it to catch the sun. Leave it down. You have that loose dress that you never wear, but today’s the day. With the … Continue reading

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How to Read Your Novel in Public

Invite all your friends. Convince yourself that if the gathering is mostly friends, you will feel less nervous. Forget to warn them that your work is entirely unsuitable for children. Make friends with the kids who get brought along anyway. … Continue reading

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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

I wrote a book. I am a novelist. I started writing the story that would become The Book of the Unnamed Midwife last summer. I had the idea during finals and I set it aside, convinced that it would take … Continue reading

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Pretty Damned Good Day

I applied to speak at commencement about two weeks before the due date. I didn’t think I had any kind of a chance to win, but I tried really hard to avoid repeating anything I’ve said in my columns at … Continue reading

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