1. 01. A New UCLA Extension Class

    I’ll be teaching a new six-week course at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program this fall, which starts on September 30th. Read more →

  2. 02. Love Your Body Now Project, Revisited

    A few years ago, my twin sister, Lisanne, and I participated in the Love Your Body Now Project, the brainchild of writer, actress, blogger, and life coach, Shannon Bradley-Colleary. Read more →

  3. 03. SPEECH, the Film

    In the months since the 2016 presidential election, I’ve been struggling to find a purpose for my writing, a reason to keep creating and imagining my own worlds, in a world that feels more alien and terrifying each day.

    Today, though, I found inspiration in a short film “Speech” directed by writer/director Tatia Pilieva. Read more →

  4. 04. Why I Marched

    On January 21, 2017, I marched in Los Angeles as part of the Women’s March on Washington protesting Donald Trump’s presidency. In sister marches around the world, between 3 and 5 million people protested that day. Read more →

  5. 05. A Call for Action, and Hope

    On election night, I wasn’t the only one in my household watching the results with dismay. My eleven-year-old son kept coming into the room, sitting with me, looking for reassurance. “It’s going to get better, Mom, isn’t it?” he kept asking. Read more →

  6. 06. A Feminist’s Reaction to Trump’s Election

    I am a feminist who wears that title with pride. Yet, for most of my life, I’ve been forced to accept sexism as the price of being female.
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  7. 07. A Trick to Test Your Plot From South Park Creators

    It took me years to figure out how to write a good, tense plot. Read more →

  8. 08. “The House on Bentley Avenue” in Slice Magazine

    My essay “The House on Bentley Avenue” recently appeared in the Enemies edition (Issue #18) of Slice Magazine. Read more →

  9. 09. Carve Premium Edition of “La Cuesta Encantada”

    My short story “La Cuesta Encantada” appears in the Winter 2016 issue of the beautiful Carve Magazine.  Read more →

  10. 10. Stumbling Toward Optimism

    I’ve always worn my pessimism like a badge of honor. Optimism is for suckers. Read more →

  11. 11. Last Chance to Vote! The Million Writers Award

    This past December, my story “F-Man,” originally published by the amazing Carve Magazine, and then reprinted by the lovely digital magazine Paragraph Shorts, was named a top 10 finalist for the 2015 Million Writers Award. Today is the last day to vote for “F-Man.” Read more →

  12. 12. Make It Stop: Talking to My Son About Violence

    I started writing this post last October, after the Umpqua Community College shootings, to present some pointers for talking to kids like my 10-year-old son about school shootings. But even thinking about school shootings scared me. Read more →

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