on motherhood and “mushroom work”

Yes, I used a gendered term on purpose. It seems that in every article about “motherhood,” folks respond with, “what about dads?!” and, “that’s sexist!” I’ll tell you what’s sexist: women have the lowest labor participation rate since the fucking ’80s. Women have shouldered the overwhelming majority of childcare since the quarantine started. Moms areContinue reading “on motherhood and “mushroom work””

the most important question to ask your beta readers

I’m fairly new to the “beta reader” game, and I am loving it so far! It’s been a great experiment. One of the main things I’ve learned is that it’s up to the author to direct the feedback.  If you just say, tell me what you think, you are unlikely to get a response thatContinue reading “the most important question to ask your beta readers”

how to write a novel: trust your future self

You’ve got a killer premise, some cool characters, and a strong voice. So what’s stopping you from writing that novel? If you’re me, probably the reason is gut-clenching terror. What if I quit? What if it’s terrible? What if I am completely deluded about this whole thing? What makes me think I can do anyContinue reading “how to write a novel: trust your future self”