A persistent little plot idea had been jumping around my brain since the fall. With three projects in various stages of writing, editing, and querying, I couldn't give it my attention, but it sat patiently waiting for me in the back of my mind. It's been a long time since I've had a brand new... Continue Reading →

The Value of Work

I recently started listening to the audiobook for Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado. Linda gives unflinching, unapologetic accounts of her experiences as an hourly worker barely living above the poverty line. She narrates the book with a clear and resolute tone and I noticed one thing in particular. She doesn't... Continue Reading →

Chapter 2: Adolescence

Steam Heat I wore a leotard, fishnet stockings, a blazer, and a top hat and danced provocatively with boys on a stage. FOR A PLAY, GUYS. For a play. First of all, let’s be real. Most musicals are not meant for children (lookin’ at you, Bob Fosse). They’re full of wildly inappropriate content and innuendo.... Continue Reading →

Chapter 1: Childhood

Rebel Without a Clue I ran away from my babysitter when I was eleven. My parents were at a meeting with a group of church members, and we kids were at the pastor’s parsonage next door. Two teenagers, a boy and girl, oversaw the little crew of kids ranging in age from toddlers to me,... Continue Reading →

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