A brief appearance

I’m now in Wooster, Ohio, and have finally just about finished unpacking. I would kill for a papas, egg, and cheese taco from Tacodeli right now, but I’m enjoying the cool Ohio mornings (and sometimes, entire cool days). Everyone here is complaining about the heat, but after a month of 100+ weather in Austin, it…

Writer’s block, and also beauty

Two points of view about writing that might seem opposed. I don’t think they are, though. Ann Patchett: I don’t believe in writer’s block. I think writer’s block is just a myth that was invented by people who either don’t want to work or people who aren’t ready to get an idea down on paper.…

Interviews & audiobook discount; #YAsaves

First: Ed Battistella of Literary Ashland just posted an interview with me about Alcestis, Killingly, my dissertation, and numerous other topics. I read from Alcestis at Ashland’s wonderful Bloomsbury Books in 2010 and was interviewed for Ashland’s “Open Books, Open Minds” TV program when I was in town. (My parents retired to Ashland, and it’s…

Er, wow.

I didn’t mean to disappear for quite so long. First I had to finish the last few line edits on my dissertation and file it, officially; and then I wrote more Killingly, worked on finding a place to live in Wooster (and I finally have, after the house I thought I’d secured fell through), worked…

Another news roundup

Chronologically, as it seems easiest: Last Friday, I defended my dissertation in the Fleur Cowles Room at the Harry Ransom Center. (You want to follow that photo link, I promise.) Fleur Cowles was one of the sponsors of the internship I participated in at the Ransom Center, so it felt like a nice conclusion to…

Questions answered

Over the weekend, Diane Havens, the wonderful narrator of the Iambik audiobook of Alcestis, and Miette Elm of Iambik asked me excellent questions about the book, writing, and audiobooks, including some Proust-questionnaire-style inquiries about my favorite sounds. If you follow the Q&A link, you’ll see a discount code for all Iambik’s titles through the end…

Iambik works fast!

Because here’s the whole thing: Alcestis in audiobook form, in non-DRM mp3 format, for $6.99. I am just so excited about this. If you listen to it, I’d love to hear what you think! And here are Iambik’s tags for the book, as part of its metadata: marriage greek-mythology death women gods-goddesses sapphic-love sensuality pomegranate…

What I’m doing these days

Today, at least, I’m writing about Boston in the 1890s through the eyes of a retired Congregationalist pastor who is about to have a nervous breakdown of sorts (or possibly a stroke, I haven’t decided yet). Here’s part of what he sees: That print was produced only three years before this character visited Boston to…

Yet more exciting news

In addition to yesterday’s Lambda Literary news, Alcestis has also been chosen as a finalist for the Publishing Triangle‘s Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, along with Michael Alenyikov’s Ivan and Misha and Catherine Kirkwood’s Cut Away. Here’s what the Publishing Triangle site says about the Edmund White award: Inaugurated in May 2006, this award recognizes…