klt: the blog

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...

Nature Blog: Claiming a hillside for heaven

Nature Blog: Claiming a hillside for heaven

A version of this entry was originally posted at Nature Writing  on January 15, 2012. During my nature writing class at Chatham University’s MFA program, I had to keep a weekly nature blog. Each of us picked a place and spent thirty minutes in that place each week, and then wrote a blog post about...

How college writing workshops prepared me to work with an editor

How college writing workshops prepared me to work with an editor

I’ve been sending my short stories and essays to literary magazines since 2009, but I didn’t really start to accumulate publications until recently (something I will attribute to the amount of work I’ve put into improving my craft). So far, all my stories have been accepted as-is. Except for one. One I’m really, really fond...

Why I love experimental fiction

Why I love experimental fiction

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and sometimes fiction is truer than truth. And sometimes, in order to tell a story the right way, you need to let the story know it’s a story.

Grass is the color you make it

Grass is the color you make it

I occasionally feel dissatisfied with my life. The reason is simple and chronic: I keep comparing myself to other people. Although I love working in a public library and being around books and book lovers all day, and despite the fact that I consistently write five days out of seven, I often judge myself to...