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Into the Dark Forest: The Fairy Tale Heroine’s Journey

Into the Dark Forest: The Fairy Tale Heroine’s Journey by Theodora Goss “Ladies. Has it ever occurred to you that fairy tales aren’t easy on the feet?” –Kelly Link, “Travels with the Snow Queen” Once upon a time, there was … Continue reading

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Me and Edna and May

On my last day in Brunswick, Maine, I walked into a second-hand bookstore and bought several books. One of them was The House by the Sea by May Sarton. I started to read it — she has such a beautifully … Continue reading

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Sabotaging Yourself

I was thinking about this recently: ways you can sabotage yourself as a writer. I’ve done some of these myself, and I’ve also seen other writers doing them. I thought I would make a list of ways to sabotage yourself, … Continue reading

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Health and Happiness for Writers

At the Stonecoast MFA Program residency this summer, I led a seminar that I called Health and Happiness for Writers. The seminar was in the form of a panel, with five of us on it — five writers who were … Continue reading

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Research for Writers

I’m back from Budapest! This month will be very busy: first I’ll be attending Readercon, where I’m an author guest. I’ll have a reading, a kaffeeklatsch, and a whole bunch of panels. Then I’ll be teaching at the Stonecoast MFA … Continue reading

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The Caretakers

The year I was finishing my PhD, I would go to a therapist once a week. I was trying to manage depression, which honestly I think is pretty normal when you’re finishing a PhD. That sort of intensive work, for … Continue reading

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The Mythic Arts

When you write a lot for a long time, eventually you learn a very important thing: why you’re writing. I was thinking about just this issue recently: why do I write? Of course I write because I love writing, the … Continue reading

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