It’s so rare for me to have writing out in the world (other than, you know, on this blog) that I don’t feel too weird about promoting it when I do. Though it does seem odd, cajoling loved ones into reading one’s writing. Then again, if you loved ones didn’t want to read my writing, you probably wouldn’t be reading my blog, would you?

So, on with it already. First, a review I wrote of The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein, which you can read here. And then, you should go buy the book because it is a sharp, funny, and tender work of fiction that will ring bells for anyone who’s ever finished a degree and said, “What the heck am I supposed to do now?” And if that kind of problem doesn’t ring bells for you, you should read the book anyway. Because it’s that good.

Second, my first ever guest blog post was published today on Cheek Teeth, and you can read that here. Cheek Teeth is the companion blog to TRACHODON, a literary journal started and run by fellow Pacific alums, John Walker and Katey Schultz, who are awesome people–and I’m not just saying that because they invited me to blog for them. My post is called, “On Forcing Creativity: The Analytical Bitch vs. The Muse,” and that should ring bells for anyone who calls herself a writer (or any kind of artistic-type person, for that matter). It’s an angsty romp through my crazy brain and a peek into my equally crazy process. I also mention Star Wars, and really, who doesn’t like that?

Okay, self-promotion over. Until next time, which hopefully, will not be too far off.