Category Archives: Cleverness

Time to Judge a Book by its Cover

There is no part of getting my work published that isn’t exciting, but lately two things have really brought it home for me. I got a package in the mail that I assumed was just another thing I had ordered … Continue reading

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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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Beauty Tips from the Apocalypse

 

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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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SoCal Book Tour

Traveling is both the privilege and the curse of a writer’s life. I spent the the end of March driving all over Southern California, some time in LA followed by a long stint in the Inland Empire. I did three … Continue reading

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Chocolate Wasteland

February is the cruellest month, breeding Roses for dead relationships, confusing Obligation for the real thing. Winter kept us coupled, disguising complacency in neglectful rhythm, faking A little affection with rote sex. March surprised us, coming over the St. Patrick’s … Continue reading

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Atlanta Burns: Like a house on fire

I get really excited about a book that gets me to read a genre I usually don’t like, and makes me love somebody in the process. I don’t usually like noir, although if the secondary genre of this book is … 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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