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Shaman Song

I dream each night of dark water. Pulsing, swirling, ever approaching, but it does not drown my toes. The threat, but never the reality. Waiting.

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Why publishing triggers impostor syndrome

We’re terrified to deceive you into thinking we’re “good enough.” We feel weirdly guilty for making every sale.

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How to get your rebellious monkey brain to write every day

Do you make vows to write every day, but fail at keeping them? Here’s the trick to solving that…

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How to avoid the trap of boring white people

Aren’t you tired of writing the same thing? Don’t you see that all of your books look the same?

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Coming out of the closet.

I never hid what I am, though I’ve played the roles I felt I was supposed to here and there, but I’ve also never just outright owned it. And this morning, I went on the local radio station and told the whole region.

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I am probably going to offend you.

Why am I so free in my personal life, but then paralyzed when it’s time to put the words out there? Isn’t that the whole of what I do?

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Do you smell that?

Scientists have proven that our olfactory sense is the most direct route to memory — and yet we can’t keep any of it.

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That shelf in Kansas means everything

When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas…

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