The Future

I woke up at 4:00 for an early flight today. I’m not a “spring out of bed” kind of girl, so I checked out my Facebook feed while I tried to shake my groggy head awake. What I [...]

Teens: what you can do

I know how frustrating it is to watch events unfold and feel powerless, especially if you’re not eligible to vote. This presidential election made a lot of people feel that way. But you are [...]

What you can do today

Many of us spent the better part of this week reeling. The shock and pain have had their use. We can continue to grieve for the America we thought we lived in – more inclusive, tolerant and [...]

I see you

This was originally posted by a novelist with whom I’m friends on Facebook. I found it so powerful I asked if I could share with full attribution. This person requested I post it [...]


It was, perhaps, the most appropriate if grotesque place to mourn the 2016 presidential election: an old Louisiana plantation. I’d been long planning to use my last day in New Orleans to [...]

The deep

I have had my share of devastation. I have had those moments in which life changes forever. You try to hold on and tell yourself it won’t, but even as it’s unfolding you feel a [...]

The morning after

I thought I’d cry, but I am numb. Scared to my bones. I went to sleep close to 3:00 local (4:00 am Eastern), with a list of results to check in the morning. Michigan, Wisconsin, [...]

November 9th

Sweet ones: It is 2:30 on the East Coast, and this presidential race seems all but called for the candidate I never seriously imagined might win. For millions of people like me who believe he is [...]


I was twelve years old the first time I got groped. If you’re a regular reader, you’ve read this story before, because I’ve written about it at least twice. I was walking home [...]


There’s a word for it! Tsundoku is the Japanese word for buying books you don’t read. Now… I read a lot. But it’s unquestionable that buying books is a pleasurable [...]

Beating around the bush

So, it looks like Billy Bush is losing his job for his sick egging on of Donald Trump eleven years ago as Trump bragged about being able to do whatever he wanted to women due to his celebrity. [...]


New show recommendation: Divorce on HBO, starring Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) and Thomas Haden Church (Sideways). Now, yes, I know I write a lot about divorce. Here’s why: [...]

A sweet rekindling

I was an avid reader of fantasy and sci-fi books when I was a teenager, and well into my adulthood as well. I find that my reading tends to come in waves, though, and some time in my twenties I [...]

My stealthy freedom

When the Iranian revolution happened in 1979, one of the things that changed for women was that they were forced to wear a head covering. Until then, Iran had been a progressive country, where [...]


Yesterday the young adult author community banded together to express their support of Hillary Clinton under the #YA4Hillary hashtag. It was an inspiring list of endorsements, 140 characters at a [...]

YA Book News

Hey, how cool is this? My post about the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt made the YA Book News this edition! Check it out. Lots of other interesting info on there as well (including a blurb on the [...]

Station Eleven: a review

One of the unhappy and unexpected consequences of having dedicated myself to a writing life is that, for the most part, I enjoy books less now than I used to. I very rarely read just for fun. Oh, [...]

Remember Yesterday

This is quite an important week for book releases. I have not one but two friends with new books out in the world today. New York Times bestselling and RWA Rita-Best-First-Book-award-winning [...]