Category Archive: Essays

My Publishing Beat

Earlier this year, I started working as the West Coast correspondent for Publisher Weekly. Here’s some of my recent work… The Library Saved My Life Libraries have long been a place of refuge for LGBTQ people. “When I was coming to terms with my sexuality, I often felt like I needed to seek out sanctuary outside […]

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Best Writing Music of 2016

What’s your favorite writing music from 2016? Over at Spotify, I rounded up my annual list of the best music that helped me write this year. That’s 21 hours of inspiring instrumental music for your writing pleasure… During my days as the editor of GalleyCat, I created a collection of other Spotify playlists from some […]

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Writer’s Guide to Patreon

Are you struggling to find a way to support a long-term creative project? Over at GalleyCat, I wrote an essay to help creators use Patreon to fund ongoing writing projects. It’s called “What Writers Need To Know About Patreon.”  Here’s an excerpt: “Patreon helps creators of everything from web videos to novels to comics raise […]

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Internet Connected Toys

Before the holidays, I wrote an essay about Hello Barbie and Internet-connected toys for Salon. Check it out: “My stomach hurts when I think about some computer-stuffed doll replacing my role in her imaginary games. Every morning, I follow in my daughter’s wake during these epic play sessions, carried back to the imaginary places I […]

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The Legend of Euchre

This summer, I wrote about the card game of euchre at The Awl. Follow this link to read “The People’s Card Game.” Here’s an excerpt: “These days, most Americans don’t even recognize the word “euchre,” but it has been kept alive by loyal bands of Midwestern card players who live in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and […]

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