Lighten Up: Injecting Humor to Relieve Narrative Tension

Lighten Up: Injecting Humor to Relieve Narrative Tension

I know I’m in trouble when I’m taking my work too seriously when I can’t find something to be amused by. I have written about some really unfunny things—addiction, cancer, death. My latest novel, An Upside-Down Sky, is set in Namyan, a Buddhist country modeled after Burma, which is a kissing cousin of North Korea… Read more »

Protesting through Poetry: Embrace Your Inner Poet-Activist!

Protesting through Poetry: Embrace Your Inner Poet-Activist!

I’ve been watching the war on the Ukrainian people unfold with equal parts horror and amazement. This is history unfolding before our very eyes. You guys, this is David and Goliath; it’s the Spartans and the Persians. The people of Ukraine, and President Zelinskyy in particular, have inspired millions with their refusal to back down… Read more »

The Book Nook: Ode to Nora Ephron

The Book Nook: Ode to Nora Ephron

Recently, I needed a break from the heaviness of the world, so I began revisiting the work of Nora Ephron. She is known for such hits as Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, and You’ve Got Mail. And I love all of those movies. But I love them because of how she plays. As… Read more »

Facing Shame: Healing through Writing a Memoir

Facing Shame: Healing through Writing a Memoir

People write memoirs for many different reasons—as a way to process trauma, find healing, or even take revenge on family members who may not have been as nice as they could have been. I didn’t start writing a memoir for any of those reasons. I began writing down my stories because I felt compelled to… Read more »

Not Just Dudes in Tights: Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel

Not Just Dudes in Tights: Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel

In my first column of this series, I wrote about how I don’t enjoy the art style of most mainstream comics. I find it overly complicated and with a fundamental lack of understanding about human anatomy, and I can’t concentrate on the storyline because male artists don’t understand how bras work. But before I throw… Read more »