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#FridayReads: Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne

#FridayReads: Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne

As I am currently in California fangirling my heart out at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, I thought it would be appropriate to feature the latest Star Wars book for my #FridayReads column. Unfortunately, I am not enjoying the book so far. This disappoints me, because I have been looking forward to this title since it...

Read my story “She’s a Work of Art” in Animal Literary Magazine

Read my story “She’s a Work of Art” in Animal Literary Magazine

Animal: A Beast of  Literary Magazine published my short story “She’s a Work of Art”—based on Warren Zevon’s song “Excitable Boy”—in this month’s issue. You can read it directly, or peruse the magazine. Working with Fiction Editor Sarah Cedeño was one of the most pleasurable experiences of my writing career so far, so I would...

The beauty of writing in silence

The beauty of writing in silence

My writing soundtrack looks like this: That white empty space after the colon is the sound of silence. Like most humans, I do enjoy music—but never while I’m writing. I can write through ambient noise like cafe chatter, traffic, or lawn mowers. If my neighbors turn up their stereo, though, my brain sticks on the...

Waking up in my new house

Waking up in my new house

Today I am flying to Anaheim, California, for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. I am writing this post from the past (meaning I wrote it Monday and scheduled it for Tuesday). The chances of me being 500 percent excited for the con are so good making a bet on them would be foolish—unless you’re Han Solo....

Exploring cultural crevasses in Good Indian Girls

Exploring cultural crevasses in Good Indian Girls

Ranbir Singh Sidhu’s debut short story collection, Good Indian Girls, is full of dark and disturbing tales that wander through the depths of the human psyche. Although most of the stories focus on the experiences of Indian immigrants in America, these are not the typical “adjust to American life” or clash-of-culture tales. Instead, Sidhu writes...