Living with Abandon

Last night, I read a blog post by author Sarah Dessen about how after eleven months of work, she is abandoning her latest book project.  No matter what she tries, she says, it just won’t come together. “Rather than forging onward out of panic and fear, throwing more ideas at this giant, gaping maw of mess, I’ve just….stopped. […]

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How can I be “private” and still write memoir?

Last week a reader emailed me in response to my post about grief and how I tend to work through things privately. She asked,  “I understand being a private person, but I’m curious how that works since you write books and go on tours talking about things that have happened?” It’s a great question. My […]

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How The West Wing is helping me think about another NYTimes article

Steve and I are in the midst of a two-week West Wing marathon.  I love the writing – plot, pacing, brilliant banter. It helps me think about the mixed reality of human life: how sometimes we win, but just as often we lose, either because we blow it or someone pulls some last minute stunt […]

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On Swinging Freely

TV Commentary from a recent WTA tennis match: Brad Gilbert: “Why do you think Player X is struggling so?” Mary Joe Fernandez: “It’s amazing the difference when a player feels like they have everything to gain – they go out there and they’re swinging freely and they play really well. But then after winning, they […]

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