klt: the blog

10 reasons I didn’t submit to your literary magazine

10 reasons I didn’t submit to your literary magazine

Writers often feel desperate for publication. We feel like we NEED to be published, and we’ll settle for any magazine, for any contest, as long as our work is being validated by someone other than our moms. (Okay, okay, I’ll admit it: When I say “we,” I really mean “I.”) But we have to remember,...

You’re never through with some things

You’re never through with some things

“You think you’re through with some things,” says the main character in Jess Walter’s short story “Anything Helps.” The character, Bit, is referring to his return to begging for money with a cardboard sign on the side of the road. The story makes me cry every time I read it. But I’m not talking about...

Good, bad, what if?

Good, bad, what if?

I am always asking, “What if?” What if I turn this story in a series of flash pieces? What if I apply to this job at a different library? What if I write an essay about every library I’ve used? What if I put my hair into dreadlocks? What if I just dye it purple?...

Don Quixote: Meta masterpiece

Don Quixote: Meta masterpiece

I went into my reading of Don Quixote expecting to be bored to tears, but having the book put in its proper historic and social context made me realize that the Quixote is about much, much more than a lunatic chasing windmills. Not only is it a story within a story, but a story within a story within a story, and Cervantes uses that story within a story within a story to make one of the most hilarious social commentaries this world will ever see.

Creating home

Creating home

On January 29, 2015, I bought my first home. I haven’t moved in yet, because my husband and I are having a contractor do some renovations to create the perfect space for us. (Read: a nerdy, literary haven of Star Wars art prints, Simpsons collectibles, and built-in bookshelves.) Being able to do this—to shape a...