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My Life with Bowie

David Bowie’s music was central to my writing and my life. I was in high school when one of my friends gave me The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars as a birthday present. The … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Martha Allard

One of the things I wanted to look at in The Dangerous Type and its sequels was the idea of female friendship.  I wanted to capture how women change and grow together over the years. The model for the friendship … Continue reading

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My First Write-In

I’ve been doing the National Novel Writing Month since 2003, because I find it entertaining to struggle to write a novel in a month.  Some years I’ve succeeded. Some years, I’ve crashed and burned.  Every year, I learn something more … Continue reading

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How to Celebrate an Author’s Birthday

Imagine you’re making a piece of art.  You labor over it alone in your room (or alone at a table in a cafe, as the case may be).  You show it to 2 or 3 people, but mostly it exists … Continue reading

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The Daily Write

Nine years ago, I was staring down the barrel of a long San Francisco summer at home with a two-year-old when my creative writing teacher wrote with a proposal.  “I’m contacting my personal essay students,” Jane said. “I have an idea … Continue reading

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