Basically, I wrote about whatever was on my mind that week, not unlike my articles here on xoJane. Except I did it with the half-baked insight and not-fully-honed writing skills of a 20-year-old.
What kind of an article changes my life? Anything that makes me reconsider the world and the way I think about storytelling.

Sep 10, 2014 at 9:00am | 60 comments

We always concentrate on being better people right at the beginning of the year. What about now?
It’s more than a little disheartening that a publication’s ethical principles and surviving capitalism’s demands seem to be mutually exclusive.

Jul 29, 2014 at 6:00pm | 28 comments

writing the other
Earlier this month I had the honor to teach at a week-long Writing the Other workshop and retreat. It was great.
jane magazine
I was so proud to get my first nationally published piece in my favorite magazine, but so bummed that it wouldn't have my byline.
Were we total losers because we didn’t make it 365 days?

Jun 18, 2014 at 4:00pm | 51 comments

In a burst of frustration with my failed literary endeavors, I wrote the most commercial, basic-bitch book I could -- but I didn’t think I’d actually enjoy it.
In her new book, writer Kate Durbin uses transcribed reality-TV dialogue as fodder for a surprisingly sympathetic look at a medium that everyone loves to hate.
cultural diversity
I pretended it didn’t bother me that he was traveling around the country on a national book tour while I sat home, proofing press releases and posting his TV and radio links on Facebook.
my brown baby
I’m certainly not immune to the darts and foolery that come my way. It hurts sometimes.
reality shows
And believe me, they're not glamorous. They're also not "real."
I really DO love the idea of setting time aside to write everyday. However, like most people, there are certain other things I have to do, like going to work and reading Internet comments.

Feb 10, 2014 at 5:00pm | 113 comments

The MacBook is dead; long live the MacBook.

Jan 27, 2014 at 10:00am | 72 comments

Here's my best attempt to encapsulate what I've seen work -- and not work -- in pitching editors at various media outlets.

Jan 12, 2014 at 11:00am | 40 comments

sandra bullock
Maybe the reason it was so hard to get any information about Sandra Bullock’s life in Austin was that Sandra Bullock did not want anyone to know anything about Sandra Bullock’s life in Austin.
I was proud of my decision to follow my passion, forgo a more stable job and write full-time. But other people's reactions to that news weren't quite what I was expecting.
When you read glowing write-ups of sexy couples destinations, it's quite likely that said reviews were quite likely written by a single, bitter potentially slightly jaded travel writer. Like me.
music festivals
I suffer from claustrophobia and history of an array of anxiety disorders, even typing about being caught in some sort of mosh pit is making me anxious.
I, like millions and millions of other English speakers both native and non, can generally understand words and phrases that haven't come out of a grammar textbook.
I generally champion the preservation of cursive but it should never be a weapon used to dismiss people.

Jul 2, 2013 at 2:00pm | 159 comments