1. Knowing/accepting when a piece is “finished”
2. Being asked to write on spec ***shakes fist at sky***
3. Running out of snacks
Smile & lie, or curl up like a hedgehog until everyone gets uncomfortable and walks away.
Writing is a windowed shelter, inhabited by ghosts, enduring endless hurricanes. Sometimes the shelter is on fire. (Or, at least, that’s what it feels like at the moment).
I work in multiple disciplines, but as far as nonfiction goes, I’m interested in work that uses form as a channel of truth-telling, of giving voice to the unspeakable. I get excited about work that breaks down perceptions of what nonfiction can be.
Favorite made-up word for no apparent reason: scrumtrelescent
Favorite French word that’s fun to say: pamplemousse
Favorite word for obvious reasons: royalties
Bonus question: What is the perfect Pandora station for me to listen to right now. Interpret ‘me’ however you’d like.
I haven’t listened to Pandora in a while, but I have been revisiting some 90s Riot Grrrl stuff lately, which seems appropriate right now.
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