A Memoirist’s Extra Layers of Gratitude

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It didn’t matter how many times I took a crack at the acknowledgements for Caged Eyes, the note felt distressingly inadequate. There simply wasn’t enough space to convey the magnitude of my appreciation for the many, many people who played a part in my story becoming a memoir. Book publishing is a team sport. And memoir? It’s even more so. I’m immensely proud that Caged Eyes will be the first…

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Heaps of Gratitude for Life’s Awesome Shit

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

In the opening scene of SMALL ADMISSIONS, the reader is told that life has thrown “a huge piece of shit” in the main character Kate’s face. I often feel as though life is throwing terrible shit at me, and I know that’s bratty because while life isn’t always easy, there’s still much to be grateful for, politics aside. Thanksgiving, according to the Hallmark cards I saw today in CVS, is the…

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Celebrating Acceptance, Rejecting Rejection

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

When I sent in my application to The Debutante Ball to see if I could be one of the five lucky writers to participate this year, I knew I was putting myself in that familiar, yucky position we have all been in many times before: waiting nervously for either good news or bad. “How perfect,” I thought. My book, Small Admissions, is about exactly that — those absurd moments of waiting…

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Writers, Jealousy and Generosity

Monday, January 11, 2016

Okay, lets just get this out in the open. I am a jealous person. I don’t want to be a jealous person. I consider it one of my worst traits. I try to keep my envy in check, but occasionally it gets the best of me. A couple of years ago I was feeling a bit lost. My year-long novel workshop had ended, and I missed the structure and comfort…

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A Collage of Gratitude for UPTOWN THIEF

Friday, November 27, 2015

It took a village. They are, clockwise from top right around the exterior: Jill Dearman, Toni Ann Johnson, Shannon Williams, Tracy Sherrod, Jenni Ferrari Adler, La Bruja, woman model who was my stock photo muse for Marisol, Victoria Sanders, Pastor Donna Allen, Juana the Jungle Girl, Mercedes Fernandez. Inner circle clockwise from left: Oshun, Brooke Warner, Cara Diaconoff, Porscha Burke and me. (Not pictured but critical early readers: Adrienne Crew and…

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It Takes a Village …

Thursday, November 26, 2015

How does the old saying go? Behind every good man is a good woman. That adage drives the feminist in me bananas, but if you remove the gender reference, its underlying point is solid. It takes a village holds true for anyone pursuing a dream. In my case it took my father, my sister, and my husband. We’ll start with the patriarch, my father, Michael Fabiaschi (aka Poppy). He wasn’t a…

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The Shit I’m Thankful For: A Poem

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What am I thankful for?? Well, first let me tell you what I’m not thankful for, and that’s posting the day after Jennifer, because everything she wrote about public displays of gratitude, saturating Thanksgiving meals with bourbon, and warmly thanking everyone she loves had me going, “Oh, yeah.” “Yup.” “Yep, that, too.” So I apologize in advance for doing exactly what Jennifer did, only not so wittily nor so well. No, wait…

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Gratitude Shmatitude

Sunset
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

After reading Louise’s heartfelt post yesterday about all the people who have helped her along the way, I’m tempted to go schmaltzy and do the same. But the thing is, that’s not me. I have a reputation among my friends of not being a terribly emotional person. I’m the kind of person you come to when you want a problem solved, not the person you turn to for a good…

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A Debut Author Gives Thanks

Monday, November 23, 2015

  The first thing I do when I open a new book is read the acknowledgements page. It’s so moving to see the writer expressing appreciation for everyone who has helped her along the way. Before I began writing a novel I used to marvel at how many people an author would thank. How could so many people be involved in the making of something that is such a solitary…

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