Category: writing

Adding diversity to my fiction

Adding diversity to my fiction

I was halfway through writing my MFA thesis—a collection of feminist retellings of Warren Zevon songs—when I read Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti (one of my favorite feminist authors) and realized I’d made a glaring omission in my project. All my main characters were women, yes, but they were all white women. As soon...

Cycles and setbacks

Cycles and setbacks

I’m trying to learn how to relax. In other words, I am trying to learn how not to obsess over writing 100% of the time. I’m trying to recognize the value in indulging in the occasional Netflix binge. I am trying to recognize that sometimes Netflix binges are necessary to reset my brain, bring me...

The thing about to-do lists

The thing about to-do lists

Normally, I write a to-do list each week and break it down into categories: writing, blogging, Wild Age Press, “other.” My attempts to do one action from each category each day are leaving me feeling unaccomplished and inadequate, because I can’t do EVERYTHING but always feel like I should be able to do everything. I’m...

Five reasons I’d love to submit to your lit mag

Five reasons I’d love to submit to your lit mag

The specific ingredients that make a literary journal “good” are always up for debate, because what constitutes “good” literature is subjective. As it should be. But just as lit mag editors can do things that will make me think twice (or thrice) about submitting, there are some things they can do that will make me...

Interview with Ranbir Singh Sidhu

Interview with Ranbir Singh Sidhu

In April, I reviewed Good Indian Girls by Ranbir Singh Sidhu, and mentioned specifically his exacting use of detail, purposeful use of violence, and sharp examination of the ways cultures intersect. Good Indian Girls garnered critical praise from Kirkus, Barnes & Noble, and a host of literary icons. Sidhu has won a Pushcart Prize and...