Book Recommendations

You Don’t Need a Beach to Enjoy a Good Beach Read

Nine years ago, I moved from my hometown of Brooklyn to the shores of San Diego. It was a conscious choice, sacrificing bialys and a decent slice of pizza for warm weather and close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, but it’s one I’ve never regretted. Life in San Diego means year-round sunshine and easy access… Continue reading You Don’t Need a Beach to Enjoy a Good Beach Read

Travel

Why Solo Travel Is the Best Travel

There’s no cure for wanderlust. There’s only temporary relief. When you hear the ca-chunk of a customs official stamping your passport, it hits your system like a fast-acting drug, and your insatiable need to travel is momentarily satisfied. As soon as your vacation is over, though, you start jonesing again. All you can think about… Continue reading Why Solo Travel Is the Best Travel

Writing

The Writer’s Guide to Staying Sane in a Dystopian Future

Like a lot of other writers out there, I’ve been having a hard time focusing on my work since November 9th. And once January 20th rolled around, anxiety brought my creativity to a screeching halt. Our Twitter feeds are full of panic and despair, rumors that seem convincingly true, and truths that seem too crazy to believe.… Continue reading The Writer’s Guide to Staying Sane in a Dystopian Future

Feminism · Writing

You Say “Unlikable” Like It’s a Bad Thing

Your heroine is unlikable. I’d heard this more than a couple of times, in contest feedback and critique groups, back when I was still seeking representation for my manuscript. See, in the opening pages, the main character, Sophie, is sitting in a food stall at Hong Kong’s bustling Temple Street Night Market. It is the… Continue reading You Say “Unlikable” Like It’s a Bad Thing

Writing

The Attraction of Distraction

“It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a serious writer in possession of a looming deadline, must be in want of a distraction.” That’s how the quote goes, right? Well, it’s how I feel right now, dealing with my first ever contractually obligated deadline. Over the next few weeks, I have to revise my entire… Continue reading The Attraction of Distraction