There’s some truly fine work being done all around, showcasing a wide representation of different social issues of our day, so the idea that my novella — comparable in some respects to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” one of the shows on the nominees list — will be among the stories gifted to celebrities means more than I initially gave it credit for.
Yes, as I wrote in my last post, I’m still in the grips of burnout; coming out of it slowly, making tentative plans for the new year, yet not without considerable doubts because I had such high hopes for 2018 and now find myself limping, feeling rather beaten up (if only by myself), into 2019.
I had big plans for Thanksgiving week. With the Thursday and Friday off for the holiday, and my sons off from school on Wednesday as well, I opted to take the entire week off, myself. I had Big Plans for the nine days, even knowing the holiday would disrupt them. […]
Many (though not all) of my stories start with a place I visit or see in pictures, which strikes me a particular way. In “God’s Country,” out in Nosetouch Press’ Asterisk Anthology Vol. 2, the story started with a swathe of farmland out behind the hotel I stayed in during […]
Part of my book outreach efforts on social media, for Raccoon Rescue specifically, includes finding animal rehabilitation and advocacy groups to help spread the word. Sometimes they help with reviews, as Roo’s Corner and the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals did. Other times, Raccoon Rescue becomes part of […]
I posted this to Instagram on Monday, September 24, my brief contribution to the #BelieveSurvivors walkout organized by the #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke: Later that week, listening to Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, I became unexpectedly enraged. I found so many memories dredged up in a way no testimony had […]
Read? Singular? As in, you only read one book in July, Christa? Well, no. Far from it. I read several… but I want to focus on one in particular. July hasn’t been an easy writing month on multiple counts: I stalled on pretty much every work in progress. I’d get […]
This week was one of those that feels like it happened two weeks ago. Was it really only last weekend that #MPRraccoon scaled a tall building and gave us all hope in the ability to survive through sheer tenacity. Yep. It was. Only a few nights later, Rachel Maddow would […]
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen some of my tweets this week around #MPRraccoon, the young female raccoon who scaled St. Paul’s UBS tower. Unlike (apparently) much of the rest of the world, I was not going to be satisfied with learning that she had simply […]
Yes I know, I slumped on reviewing April’s reads. (I did read during April!) It was a busy month at work, and I wasn’t as diligent about taking notes during my readings as I learned to be this past month, which turned out to be equally busy. June, however, will […]