It’s taken me three days to write this.
Last week, I posted Dealing With It.
There’s been a lot of response, both public and private. I don’t usually write personal essays; I was staggered.
I’ve seen people express curiosity about its reception. With good reason; historically, women who speak up are in line for varying levels of vitriol, and this one achieved enough visibility outside my usual readership that people who know how the internet works were probably bracing a little for impact. I was.
So far, the response has… Read more »
[Note: This essay speaks largely to my personal experience as a white cisgender woman. I don't wish to speak for the experiences of others here; I invite your experiences in comments.]
[Trigger warning for quotations encouraging sexual assault and racist quotations.]
I’m in ninth grade. I’m new to my school. I’m nervous about where to sit in the cafeteria, about what I’m wearing; my new school is bigger than my old one by some multiplier I’m not even sure of. Numbers transpose in my head something awful. I’m maybe most… Read more »
Roger Ebert died today. I wanted to write something about it; I tried thinking back to my first review of his, maybe, as an intro.
But I couldn’t remember. I’ve never watched movies without Roger Ebert there.
When I was a kid I remember sneaking looks at Ebert and Siskel talking about movies that were only for grown-ups, and watching Ebert’s face light up when he was talking about a moment he enjoyed. When I was nine, I remember being relieved that he loved Beauty and the Beast as much… Read more »
Okay, so, I now have THREE events next week, which is great news because they’re all awesome and bad news because I will have to do laundry.
The newest one is actually the soonest: Monday, February 18, at 7pm I’ll be at WORD in Brooklyn alongside Ellen Datlow and Marissa Meyer to discuss fairy tale revisions, which will be aces! (Except if you really want to hear me say good things about Snow White and the Hunstman, in which case it will be the opposite of that.)
On Tuesday, February… Read more »
Well, it has been a YEAR, hasn’t it? (I mean, it has been – 366 days have passed – but you know, thematically.)
This year was a very satisfying one for writing. I published several short stories, some of which are particularly close to my heart. Plus, and maybe most exciting in terms of my writing in 2012, I closed the year with the sale of a novel that I truly love – my flapper Twelve Dancing Princesses take, Glad Rags. It was a poignant holiday season, walking past all… Read more »
The holidays happened! I did things! It’s not a long list: I went to Disney World for a day and that was pretty much the only thing, except that time I played tennis and my wrist hurt for five days because I am horrifically bad at tennis.
Disney World was the usual combination of overwhelming artifice and overwhelming sincerity about it, which I never quite know how to handle, and since I’m with family members who are both more and less into it than I am, I always end up… Read more »