How To

The First Time I Got Paid to Write

My first screenwriting gig, a skateboarding chimpanzee, and a hospital cancer ward.

Mar 24, 2017
When I Think About Giving Up Writing

I was happy raising my kid, living my life without worrying about writing.

Mar 20, 2017
Every Novel Is Historical: A Conversation

Is a novel set in the 1980s historical? Or a novel set in 2013 post-crash Ireland?

Voice Lessons: Six Meditations on Language and Authenticity

The works of June Jordan, Albert Camus, and Edward Said reveal the power of voice in literature.

Mar 01, 2017
On Making Things Up: Some True Stories About Writing My Novel

“I want you to believe every single word I say, but don’t be fooled—I’m using lies to convince you.”

Feb 23, 2017
Losing My Voice and Finding It

In the quiet forced upon me, I started to hear the voices of other selves.

Feb 15, 2017
When Depression Is the Third In Your Relationship

Helium balloons, magic robot fairies, and dangerous myths about love.

A Conversation About Poetry and Tarot

“Both tarot and poems know what they know. Both have an ancient memory.”

Feb 08, 2017
Against Fame: On Publishing, Popularity, and Ambition

“The problem with fame is not its rarity; it’s that it is out of our control.”

Jan 26, 2017
In Praise of the Salon: Field Notes for the Aspiring Bluestocking

I witnessed how easily art might braid to politics, how easily fellowship might inspire movement.

Jan 25, 2017
How Solange and Morgan Parker Inspired Me to Write My Heroine

I thought I had to make myself smaller, quieter, in order to survive.

Dec 20, 2016
How to Write a Screenplay in a Café

“Whether or not I find the café I want, the screenplay is waiting.”

Dec 07, 2016
How I Made This Comic About How I Make My Comics: An Interactive Essay

“I channel the dancer, the musician, choreographing space, orchestrating time.”

Nov 23, 2016
A Conversation About Acne

“How much money do you think you’ve spent on acne treatment shit in your lifetime?”

The Palette Knife; or, How I Rewrote My Book

It wasn’t a matter of finding my voice, but listening to it. It had been there all along.

Oct 19, 2016
What I Think of the Fact That You Keep Asking Me What My Family Thinks of My Writing

When men create characters based on themselves, they are innovative; when women do it, they’re shaming their families.

Oct 18, 2016
The Making of a Comics Memoir

“Over thirty years of friendship amounts to quite a few stories. I whittled away at them to form the story I wanted to tell.”

Oct 17, 2016