klt: the blog

An essential writing lesson from the 2010s

In the past decade I got married, bought a house, bought my first car, lost my dream job, got a new dream job, published a bunch of short stories, and wrote even more. I learned a lot about life and writing. But without a doubt the most essential writing lesson I’ve taken from my first...

Combo Breaker!

Miss Migraine: Cycle breakers, or things I share with my dad

The Adventures of Miss Migraine is an ongoing column about my life with chronic migraine. This post first appeared on my blog of the same name on February 6, 2013. When someone says “steroids,” I think of my dad. No, my dad is not a baseball player or other kind of athlete who uses steroids...

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Small Press Dispatch: I Am Not Famous Anymore by Erin Dorney

Small Press Dispatch is a new column for short reviews of books and literary magazines published by small, independent publishers. To submit a book or lit mag for review, please email me at klthomas [at] alumni.pitt.edu. Books will be accepted based on interest and availability. I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems after Shia LaBeouf So,...

New publications and new projects!

Things have been quiet around here for a while. The truth is I haven’t been writing much. And it’s been kind of great. The weather finally warmed up, so I’ve been spending a lot of time in my garden, taking my dog for long walks, and working on non-writing creative projects (sewing and my new...

Stay out of trouble? Not with Kelly Link’s raucous fiction!

When someone tells me to stay out of trouble, I invariably respond with, “Never.” Well behaved women seldom make history, after all. And that is one of the many reasons why I love Kelly Link’s 2015 short story collection, Get in Trouble. These nine stories are fantastically dark and brooding, but not so dark as...