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August Newsletter: The Value of Practice

So there I was, neck deep in the Aegean, watching the hills turn black and the sky gold. I slowly beat with my hands and feet, trying to stay still. Trying to relax. I’ve had a hard time with vacations … Continue reading

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July Newsletter: Aspirational Fiction

So there I was, doing jumping jacks, jumping – literally! – for joy in Pavlina’s grandparents’ garret in the Balkan Tower of Matriarchy. My toes sank into and lifted off from their plush,  gray carpet square. Pigeons cuddled on the … Continue reading

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June Newsletter: Waving Back

I’m waving through a window, oh Can anybody see, is anybody waving back at me? -Ben Platt, “Waving Through a Window” from “Dear Evan Hansen” So there I was, like, five minutes ago, curled up in the chair I’m still … Continue reading

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May Newsletter: Ice Cream and Hope

So there I was, feeling good. I was in the grocery store for maybe the third time since February, buying ice, salt, frozen strawberries, and the other ingredients of home-made ice cream. My headphones were in my ears, playing Terry … Continue reading

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April Newsletter: Stripping the Gears

So there I was, locked in the attic, stripping my gears. I bounced in my chair, heart racing, breath baited, teeth clench, shoulders scrunched together, tingling fingers typing furiously away at nothing. And I mean nothing! I was moving words around … Continue reading

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March Newsletter: the virtuous ratchet

So there I was, washing the banister. I had my rubber gloves on, but not my face-mask because those thing fog up my glasses and I was inside where the cops couldn’t see me. I had my little tin bowl … Continue reading

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February Newsletter: Insomnia

 This newsletter is not actually late because of the coronavirus. Our minister of health called for all schools in the country to be closed because of an epidemic of normal flu. Then I had some potentially good news about The … Continue reading

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January Newsletter: Hating the Sun

(warning, there’s a curse word below) So there I was, glaring up at the gold and magenta sky, cursing the sun as it set. Fuck you, sun! Another day ends, and I’m still here! Blip! The lights in the park … Continue reading

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The National Palace of Culture

Oof. Sorry this newsletter is so late. Christmas break was … but that’s a story for the next newsletter. This month, I want to take you back to mid-December, when I had a crisis of faith under the National Palace … Continue reading

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November Newsletter: The Lightning Tree

(There’s a real short story in this newsletter! Scroll down to the *** to read it) So there I was, dropping my older daughter off at school. The weather was fine, I had at least three hours of uninterrupted writing … Continue reading

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