Tin House & Creative Tokens

I’m just back from mailing off a draft of my manuscript! Okay, so it wasn’t exactly an entire draft – the last three chapters were more like rough sketches, or a “Coming up, on The Bachelor” pre-commerical-break teaser – but it’s the closest I’ve come to printing out a full copy yet. And I hear […]

Just a Little Bit of History Repeating

Through the window I can see the National Guardsmen, standing with their rifles next to a bright yellow forsythia bush that has just come into bloom. Every now and again helicopters pass by overhead, but since it’s already pretty windy today, the most noticeable thing about their transit is the noise. I’m in Watertown, Mass., […]

A Novel in Pictures

The knitting is underway. That is to say, the mysterious little cobblers who work on my novel at night while I sleep, those hardworking minions of the subconscious, are finding all kinds of lovely connections between sections of the book that surprise and delight my daytime self. While they’re busy constructing a – brace yourself […]

Happy Places

It’s been said before, and probably more poetically, but these United States are vast. Having gotten back late last night from a research trip that took me through Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, I can confirm this firsthand. (Texas was on the original itinerary but got dropped after I developed a twitch in my left […]