Welcome! I'm a published novelist and freelance writer, editor, and video/audio tech. Check out my journal for news about the book business, recipes, free short stories, travel tales, and more. If you want to learn more about my books or my services, navigate using the links above!

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Friday
May222015

Turning the page into summer

(Yes, I meant it both ways.)

 

 

Subscribers to my email list (signup in the sidebar to your right) got a lineup of my late spring and summer classes, and a reflection on how summer influences creative life differently from other seasons. If you missed the email, you can still find an updated list of upcoming classes and events on the Events page.

I've also added a page called Class Resources, which you may have noticed in the top navigation. This is primarily for my students, and collects links and recommended reading from each of my classes. However, non-students might still find it entertaining and enlightening if they're interested in learning more about writing, publishing, marketing, or any of the above.

Coming soon, I'll be posting a new short story! My Pinterest followers are aware I've been ramping up my plans to sew more clothes soon. I just ordered a mini sewing machine, which is about all I have space for in our cramped but adorable apartment. I feel like I've been in a frenzy of creative activity of all kinds lately -- sewing more, cooking new meals, transitioning into my summer wardrobe, gardening on the patio. But I recognize that sometimes all these wonderful, happy little bursts of creativity mask a deeper fear of working on my writing -- something that other people will judge and scrutinize. I don't much care what you think of my homemade skirt (unless you like it!) or my patio garden, because they're not my livelihood or the expression of my deepest imaginings. All those other expressions aren't a waste of time at all -- they're a precious and important part of living -- but last night I exerted a bit of discipline and set the sewing patterns aside to finish "Goners," a short story about time, brotherhood, and creepy women who emerge from the sea. I hope you like it.

Monday
Apr132015

Now Online: Reading Like a Writer Audio

Did you miss my February library talk on reading like a writer? I've finally edited and uploaded the audio so you can listen at home! You can listen using the player below, or download it here as an mp3 and listen on your phone or other device while you're on the go!

 

Enjoy! And thanks again to all who attended on that cold, cold night in February!

Monday
Mar162015

Fresh New Spring Classes!

Check out the events page for information on an exciting new crop of spring classes!

 

Monday
Feb022015

Two new events, one new blog post, and a free Kindle!

Greetings beautiful website readers! A few items:

There are two new events on the events page for you to add to your calendars! First up is "Reading Like a Writer," my talk at the SE branch of the DC Public Library, on February 12 at 7pm. The library will be raffling off a free Kindle pre-loaded with my books to one of the attendees!

Then, check out my upcoming class at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop -- I'll be teaching eight more weeks of Writing Games starting February 23! Register at the CHAW website: click here.

New online: I have another blog post up at CHAW's website, based on one of my class themes. Check it out: Making the Leap: Busting a Writer's Worst Stumper.

And, for my students: tonight I mentioned a blog post I'd written two years ago as a reference for anyone interested in learning more about publishing. Since it's now buried in my blog, here's a link for anyone who's looking: Hannah's Quick and Dirty Guide to Book Publishing.

Monday
Jan262015

Be a Farm-to-Table Art Consumer

A recent article in Slate detailed how female music artists' contributions to their albums often go uncredited, or highly questioned, whereas men's leadership over their creative projects is often accepted uncritically. In an interview with Bjork for Pitchfork, music journalist Jessica Hopper paraphrased Joni Mitchell: "whichever man was in the room with her got credit for her genius." Ultimately, though, that article and the interview it referenced made me realize how little I know about music production. I don't really know much about how the idea of a song makes it from the artist's head to the album to the consumer's ears. I hadn't realized how big of a slight it is for a woman to be denied production credit for her own album, because I don't really know what goes into a production credit. And I think I'm not alone.

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