Do you ever get the feeling that someone who doesn’t even know you is speaking directly to you? That’s the feeling I got when I watched Meg Jay’s TED Talk called “Why 30 is Not the New 20.” What she says in her talk is valuable for all ages– not just 20-somethings. Her message is … Continue reading On Becoming a Writer– plus, Cheryl Strayed.
“In your twenties you’re becoming who you’re going to be and so you might as well not be an asshole.” -Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things There are a lot of tropes on reality TV, but the most prevalent one is this: “I’m not here to make friends.” When someone utters those words, you know that you … Continue reading I’m Here to Make Friends: The Magic of Writing Communities
“When I teach writing I tell my students that the invisible, unwritten last line of every essay should be and nothing was ever the same again. By which I mean the reader should feel the ground shift, if even only a bit, when he or she comes to the end of the essay. Also there should be … Continue reading Nothing Was Ever the Same Again
“The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your … Continue reading These Things Are Your Becoming
I started running in a very roundabout way. For a long time, I was fascinated with the idea of being a runner; I read books about runners and finished every back-issue of Runner’s World at my local library. But it took me about a year before I actually decided to try the sport out myself and put … Continue reading How Running Made Me A Better Writer
Salon recently published an article titled “Jennifer Weiner was right: What’s the difference between “chick lit” and literary fiction?” While this piece is in part about chick-lit, the overarching question in the article is about legitimacy– or what makes a book “good” and “literary.” This article reminded me of a passage in Cheryl Strayed’s Wild about what constitutes a “real … Continue reading What Makes a Book Real?
Today, I had the pleasure of guest-blogging about my abiding love of Cheryl Strayed for Book Club Babe’s amazing blog, and Book Club Babe wrote the kindest introduction ever for me! I am so grateful to her for the opportunity to write for her blog! Thank you, Book Club Babe! In this post, I reviewed Strayed’s most recent … Continue reading Book Club Babe For A Day: Tiny Beautiful Things