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date
Apr
09
2013

That Moment When What You Had Hoped For Is Better Than What You Imagined

On Sunday I took the girls down to a writer friend’s house in Orange. It was way hell and gone, over near Riverside, and took over an hour to get to. Jules slept and V watched TV and I stared at the highway streaming ahead of me, and thought about my life. It was nice Read more…

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Mar
05
2013

A Heart-Shaped Friendship

I can’t even begin to tell you how many friends I’ve made in my ten years of blogging. I’ve pretty much said yes to everyone who’s ever reached out to me, wanting to meet up or connect. And, in turn, I’ve reached out to dozens of other people I first came to know virtually. It Read more…

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Feb
25
2013

Write: A Doe Bay Workshop

I’m so excited to announce that I’ve officially accepted an invitation to lead a session on narrative writing at this workshop in April. There are still a few spots open if you’d like to sign up. It’s sure to be a pretty amazing weekend.

date
Jan
29
2013

Thoughts on a Decade of Blogging

This June I’m coming up on ten years of writing this blog. I can’t think of many things I’ve done for an entire decade. I’ve never lived in the same house for ten years, my average is four. The longest relationship I’ve been in is six years. I’ve only been a parent for three years. Read more…

date
Dec
19
2012

Notes from Chicago

Hello from Chicago! It’s cold here. But it feels oh-so warm and lovely to be seeing old friends and family. We spent yesterday afternoon and evening at Greg’s sister’s house and Vera could not have been more thrilled to be reunited with her cousins. I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me to Read more…

date
Dec
12
2012

A Culinary Inheritance

“Mom,” Vera groans, “why do you keep frosting those cupcakes? Can’t we just eat them already?” I smile at her. “Don’t you want them to look pretty?” I ask, and in a flash I am transported to my own mother’s kitchen. Growing up the only child of a food stylist, I spent an inordinate amount Read more…

date
Apr
23
2012

On Feeling Like An Author for the First Time at the LA Times Festival of Books

Becoming a published author has been rich in surreal experiences. Some of them, more expected than others. A few moments that I expected to feel profound haven’t, and others that seemed as though they wouldn’t be a big deal have floored me. Holding my actual book for the first time somehow wasn’t as wild as Read more…

date
Apr
03
2012

On What Comes Next: My Second Book Project

It occurred to me the other day that I really haven’t talked much about my second book here. At one point last year I made a conscious decision to remain quiet about it for a while, at least until it had fully taken shape, but that time has already come to fruition and I’ve been Read more…

date
Jan
08
2012

The Sunday Rumpus Interview…Featuring Me!

I’m wildly honored to have been featured as the Sunday Interview on the highly esteemed literary website The Rumpus today. Even more flattering than the existence of the interview itself are the incredibly thoughtful questions asked by author Gina Frangello. My jaw literally dropped when I opened the email with these questions. It was one Read more…

date
Nov
10
2011

Read an Excerpt

You can now read a short excerpt from THE RULES OF INHERITANCE on my Goodreads page. Check it out here!