Tagged: home renovations

Copper and ceramic

Copper and ceramic

Slowly, in fits and starts, we’re turning our house into a home. Renovating a house feels a lot like writing fiction, actually. You start with something raw and unfinished, and you slowly polish it until it shines, until it’s yours. My house is starting to shine. The pieces are coming together: paint, new (and used,...

2015 by the numbers

2015 by the numbers

Writing 5 short stories published 1 essay published Approximately 56 blog posts published on TheRumpus.net Approximately 12 blog posts published on EleventhStack.Wordpress.com Submitting 4 stories accepted for publication (2 that were published this year were accepted in 2014) 10 submissions withdrawn because of acceptances elsewhere 73 total submissions to literary journals and chapbook presses Reading...

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....

Women buy tools, too

Women buy tools, too

My husband and I stand with our contractor neighbor in the house we’ve just purchased. Tack board from the carpet my husband removed the day before lines the perimeter of the dining room floor. My husband says, “I got all the carpet pulled up, but the tack boards are nailed down, so I need to...