Friday, July 17, 2015


Exciting news--we're expecting! Oliveros the Fourth is due sometime in early March 2016. In the meantime, excuse me while I lay around, feel pukey for about six weeks, and probably blog very little. It's hard to see beyond the second half of the first trimester. My entire perspective is colored by feeling bad, and at this time I have a lot more sympathy for those with chronic illnesses. Not empathy because there is nothing chronic about the way I feel, but sympathy because it's a small taste for those who feel bad always. My heart goes out to you.

On the bright side, at the other end of this will be a baby. Totally worth it.

Friday, July 10, 2015

An Angie

Every writer needs an Angie in their writing lives. An Angie reads your work as the roughest of drafts, sometimes as you are writing it, and definitely long before betas get their hands on it. An Angie tells you how wonderful it is, that you are the best writer ever, and even posts on Facebook how brilliant she thinks you are. Sometimes when you read your writing to an Angie over the phone, she cries (on the parts she is supposed to cry on). An Angie makes you believe in your work like nobody else can, especially in those most vulnerable stages of writing, and she keeps you writing. An Angie declares all your work should be published. And you know it needs work and you know being published will take a lot more patience and perseverance, but for now it's just what you need to hear.

Sometimes an Angie goes on family vacations with you because she's also your sister.