unpopular opinion
Here's a radical idea: instead of creating one new female character out of whole cloth, why not just change the gender of half of the existing characters?
birthday parties
Birthday parties are supposed to be the ultimate in frivolity--it’s literally a day all about you!-- but that’s also what makes them emotional landmines.
Were the vague memories I had of a group of magical children trapped in a library something I’d dreamed as a kid? And the kids were somehow from the future? And had to escape the library using both a precious ruby and the Dewey Decimal system?

Jan 9, 2014 at 5:00pm | 689 comments

In fact, ALL of the popular methods available for period management are pretty terrible.

Dec 16, 2013 at 5:00pm | 503 comments

This is what happens when your dad is in the SCA -- the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group dedicated to re-creating life before the 17th century.
I hope that someday, all the Slutwalks and Take Back the Nights will add up and we will all be able to do what Sylvia Plath dreamed of: “to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west” and, most importantly, “to walk freely at night…”
When my strongest relationship imploded and took 99% of my friend circle with it, all I wanted was that kind of faceless connection to comfort me when I felt my most monstrous.

Oct 11, 2013 at 5:00pm | 17 comments

I resolved to be a mercenary -- in fact, I’d be the biggest whore New York had ever seen! To that end, I went to Google and looked up seduction techniques.
Cigars, apparently, were so strongly coded as something only boys did that they made me visible in a way that my most outrageous fashion choices couldn’t.

Apr 15, 2013 at 2:30pm | 180 comments