Category: Fiction

All castles crumble, but still you build them

One of my Q2 goals is to revise the novel I wrote during National Novel Writing Month. During NaNoWriMo, as they call it, people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel within the 30 days of November. I participated this past fall, and wrote my 50,000 words. It was a fun experience, and you can read about some of my experience here. Here is a post from 2014 about the top… read more »

Hurrah for Captain Underpants

My 6-year-old started this school year not reading. He was not interested, and did not want to practice or anything of the sort. Over the past few months, though, something clicked. He (with the help of his teachers) figured it out. A few weeks ago, I had him read me Pete the Cat and he did pretty well. Then, as often happens, as you figure out that reading is fun, yo… read more »

A novel for March madness

Every year around this time, people who are not normally basketball crazy find themselves paying attention to games. I remember when I was in elementary school, and living in Raleigh, N.C., some children brought handheld radios to school on the days of the ACC tournament (more a source of local bragging rights than the NCAA with N.C. State, UNC, and Duke righ… read more »

The literary Advent calendar

Our “literary Advent calendar” made its first appearance last year. The idea is that for each pre-Christmas night of December (or of Advent, whichever) the children open a new Christmas book. Then you read it together. It’s a chance to highlight old favorites in a systematic way, and try some new ones. As modern Christmas concepts go, it’s a much bet… read more »

“That was my own little MFA” — novelist Camille Pagán on frustration and success

I got to know Camille Pagán years ago when we were both young writers in NYC. I profiled her for a City Journal article on the taxonomy of self-employment (she was the quintessential “soloist”). We started having dinner together on occasion, and she started a writer’s strategy group, based on something she read in The Happiness Project. Our group met… read more »