Eyes on your own paper.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

I can’t remember who told me this first, but here’s the piece of writing advice that changed my life: Eyes on your own paper. I can’t tell you how many careers Comparison and her brother Jealousy have ruined. And they’re vicious. They’ll roll right into your house, take your remote, crack open a soda and put their feet up on your ottoman before you even know what’s happening. They’ll ruin…

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A Strange Type of Envy

Friday, January 13, 2017

I had this whole other blog planned for you but instead want to share this important public service announcement: Dating as a writer is hard as fuck. Being the only single Deb in our 2017 class, I have to say I envy my fellow ladies. Having husbands, kids, and built in support systems ahead of their books coming out must be so relieving. To be able to write without the…

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My Brief Stint as a Jet-Setter

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I was an awkward 6th grader, living in Dallas, Texas, when I got what just may be the single most attractive, glamorous invitation of my whole life: I was asked to go on a private plane to Disneyland. It was unthinkable really, way too good to be true. Not only would this be the coolest trip ever, but I had been invited by the coolest girl in my class. When…

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Green Eyes for the Boys: Gender and Envy in the Writing World

Friday, January 15, 2016

While women are conditioned to compete with each other, most of my envy has historically been toward male artists. Men were in charge of many of the writing spaces, and favored male artists. In progressive circles, they always would have at least one woman on the bill. I guess some women competed with each other to fill that one space, but I just got mad at the sexism of the…

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Envy, the Vast Literary Cognoscenti, and Me

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ah, envy. What a complicated topic, especially for writers. And now comes my turn to examine the green eyed monster. First I have to distinguish envy from jealousy (sorry; writers are word nerds).  Envy is when you covet what someone else has. For example, when I go to Book Passage to hear debut novelist Garth Risk Hallberg read from CITY ON FIRE as part of his publisher-funded national book tour and…

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How Do I Envy Thee? Let Me Count the Ways…

Careful, dear. Your envy is showing.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

We’re talking envy this week. Envy is not something I have an issue with. The truth is, I am a highly evolved human being who finds envy a waste of time. I mean, envy isn’t even a worthy enough sin to make it into Dante’s circles of hell; envy lies in purgatory. So I am not envious. But I have this blog post to write about envy. I’ve got to…

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Taming the Hideous Green-Eyed Monster

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It’s been ten years since my stint in Hollywood, and sometimes I still wonder “what if”? What if social media had existed back then? What if I’d tried harder? What if I’d written one more script? What if I’d moved to L.A. to actually make a go of it? Everyone has those moments of envy and competitiveness — it’s what fuels long-running race-to-the-finish shows Survivor, or even those vicarious-living shows…

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Combating the Green (Eyed-Monster)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

So, dear reader, you’re feeling green. A member in your critique group whose writing isn’t half as good as yours just scored a six-figure three-book deal while you’re still trying to find an agent to request your current opus. Or maybe a comparable debut to yours just topped the New York Times Bestseller list while yours languishes in obscurity. Or maybe, yet again, some guy writes a romantic novel and gets…

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