“Sometimes I channel my writing in the same way I channel my art. I try not to think hard about what I’m putting into the draft of an essay, but the hard work begins when I have to kill my darlings and shave the piece down to its essential parts. This is why I love to play with various forms and genres.”
by Lisa Peet
“It is not like learning a skill or a game at which, with practice, one gradually improves. One works hard all right, but what comes, comes all of a sudden and as a breakthrough. One hits on something… It is almost as if the discouragement were necessary, that one has first to encounter despair before one is entitled to hope.”
There is such joy in happy endings, and we know that making that final climb to publishing can sometimes feel like a fairy-tale ending while slogging away at any work in progress. That is why it feels particularly thrilling to share in the celebration of Anjali Enjeti, who after years of putting in the hard …
by Tracy Youngblom
“He won me once—twice if you must know.
Each time, forced to silence, I watched
his strength prevail, other suitors bloodied,
beaten. This was one kind of love.”
“Being from the minority group of LGBT+ made me more inclined to diversify my characters in ways beyond sexual orientation. I can get as emotionally involved in stories involving straight characters as the next person. At the same time, I’m aware of often not being included in these stories.”
“You can’t go alone,” Diane says…
by Lisa Peet
I craved—I still crave—transcendence, some kind of transformation to click through the plodding circuits in my brain and fire them up again, one by one, turning the lights back on.
by Mohini Malhotra
“And they say you can’t read cues on Zoom…I say those people can’t read cues period. I quickly look away in case the whole room sees us seeing us.”