Raising Stakes

Standard advice for a writer in the query process is to get cracking on the next book. A preoccupied mind deflects rejection easier. It also proves you’re serious about developing a career out of this writing thing— even though in the back of your mind you’ve toyed...

Slow and Steady

Nineteen. No, it’s not my age. Not my wedding anniversary, or the number of parking tickets accumulated, or the total colonoscopy preps I’ve endured. It’s…the number of nominations Susan Lucci received before winning the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress...

Disenchanted Peace

More than anything— other than living a writer’s life— I dreamed of becoming a famous actress. Fame was essential. It was the only level of validation that would prove to my family I wasn’t a self-serving wastrel. I studied the craft, auditioned, performed, and I...