The Final Push: Six Months Until Deadline
It has been nearly a year now since I set off for The Mesa Refuge to write my book proposal, a moment pregnant with possibility and terror. I... Read more
Lightning Flowers: Forthcoming 2020 from new imprint of Little, Brown & Co.
Dear loyal backers,
On the morning of July 31-- as I was winding up a contract working with mostly U.S.-American youth in a global leadership program on the Pacific Coast... Read more
A New Stage of Our Journey
My dear backers,
If you had asked me six years ago-- when I was first preparing to apply to MFA programs-- what a book consisted of, I would have said:... Read more
A Book Chapter Cannot Fit In A Kickstarter Update But I'm Sure As Hell Going To Try
It was such an anonymous hill. Visible for only one bend of the road, the mine made a minor white gash in the middle of green, grey heaps... Read more
The lead was abandoned.
"A friend, reflecting on the time her cancer had been diagnosed as terminal, said, 'Being terminal just meant that at last I acknowledged that death was real. It did not... Read more
Down to the Wire
My dear friends and supporters,
The wire was cracked.
I'm referring, of course, to the wire in my heart--the one the ICD plugs into. The one corkscrewed into the bottom... Read more
Icebergs, Interruption, & The Things I Explain To People
-Arthur Frank, The Wounded Storyteller
At first I thought there was... Read more
When I Say I'm Sorry, What I Really Mean Is Thank You
Happy Anniversary, MIMB tribe!
A year ago today, I got up early to watch the final hours of my project’s funding period. It was a quiet, rain-smelling morning, and I couldn’t stop... Read more
In Search of Lena Proctor: Hamilton, TX
The fence was an easy one—a white stock gate fastened with a loop of chainlink. I climbed the metal bars, stepped onto the chain, and leapt across, quickly... Read more
Becoming Master of My Own Research Kingdom, Or: Plugging Along, Skipping Around Grinning
Hello, lovely crew!
It has been a wonderful two months since I last wrote to you-- full of early mornings at Exo Roast Co. and afternoons in my Writing Room... Read more
Putting On My Patience Coat
My dear Kickstarter supporters,
I write you this note by hand at the beginning of a new year, on a strangely cold desert day, the cacti out west wearing a... Read more
WE DID IT!!!!
Last night at 8:30pm, with eleven hours left in the project, we crossed the $16,000 finish line!!
I can't say thank you enough for all the hard work... Read more
Holy spike! We are almost there!
My dear backers,
Three weeks ago, with my parents sleeping on an air mattress in the next room, I sat at my desk with my eyes squeezed shut. The sun... Read more
Preparing for the final push!
Hello, dear backers: It’s been an exciting week! Yesterday, my essay “Seeing Mines” went up on Terrain.org. I've got some other essays and interviews in the works. The project just... Read more
8 days down. 56 backers. $3,815 in funding. We're doing this.
Hey backers. We're a full week into the adventure--eight days, to be precise-- and I want to send out a huge THANK YOU.
The support I've experienced over the... Read more