The novel, reduced to absurdity

Unless you’ve been living in a cave or atop a Himalayan peak, you’ve probably heard the news that humans now have a shorter attention span than goldfish. (Eight seconds, in case you’re wondering.) This revelation translates, for writers, into a series of eminently logical commandments: Write shorter sentences. Use shorter words. Construct shorter books. Use... Continue Reading →

My right brain, yearning to be free

Like most people, I conceive of myself as a unitary individual with a singular identity. That’s how the government—and my family—looks at me (one social security number, one wife, one mom). But there may be more to me than meets the I. Researching my novel-in-progress led me to the book “The Future of the Mind”... Continue Reading →

Ashley Madison, Robert Heinlein, and Me

I never thought I would write about Ashley Madison. After all, what could I say about a web site whose slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair."? Then I heard an On the Media interview with Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz and realized there is more to the Ashley Madison story than data breaches destroying marriages.... Continue Reading →

Are you a robot? I am.

I had planned to write about feeling overwhelmed by tasks and projects despite my evolving ability to say no (a skill everyone should hone). Then I thought about how much I am able to accomplish every day and began wondering why I don’t feel more overwhelmed, what with three careers (author, birth doula, and marketing... Continue Reading →

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