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The Artemis Archetype in Popular Culture: Essays on Fiction, Film, and Television

My third published book is an exploration of the Jungian archetype related to the goddess of the hunt and moon, Artemis. This collection of wonderful critical essays grew, like my fairy tales collection, from a conference call for papers that quickly took on a life of its own. I received enough good submissions that I asked for our panel of 4 to be converted … Read More The Artemis Archetype in Popular Culture: Essays on Fiction, Film, and Television

Beyond His Dark Materials: Innocence and Experience in the Fiction of Philip Pullman

My second published book grew out of my love for everything Philip Pullman has ever written. I proposed a book on his work “beyond” his famous trilogy His Dark Materials and when I had a contract in hand, I applied for a sabbatical. I took 8 months to research and write all but the final chapter, and I took almost a semester to write … Read More Beyond His Dark Materials: Innocence and Experience in the Fiction of Philip Pullman

Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings

In 2009, I published my first book, Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings. This collection grew from a panel I put together for a NeMLA conference, which grew into 2 panels due to outpouring of submissions, which grew into a book of 16 critical essays. I worked with McFarland, an academic publisher, and I was lucky enough to be connected with a great … Read More Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings

Witch Lit: Words from the Cauldron

I’d like to share with you the exciting publication of an anthology of tales to which I contributed. It’s called Witch Lit: Words from the Cauldron, and it was a collaborative effort, created by the members of the Witch Lit Facebook group. The book is available from amazon here:     It is also available here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Witch+Lit%3A+Words+from+the+Cauldron We are all indie writers who are … Read More Witch Lit: Words from the Cauldron

Lamenting “The Change”

“So what I think your challenge is, and I’m going out on a limb when I say this, but I might just be right, is that you have a whole novel in your head, and you’re having all this anxiety that you just don’t have time to write it. You look at the number of hours in a day, and you say, ‘I can’t … Read More Lamenting “The Change”

The Breadmaker

Written for my friend Molly for her 30th Birthday on 8/18/2012* Her black cotton dress greys from puffs of flour and her spaghetti strap keeps slipping off one shoulder as she moves from counter to cast-iron skillet, rolling out flatbread crafted lovingly by hand. Gently lying the dough in the hot seasoned pan, a smile plays across her lips as she watches it puff … Read More The Breadmaker

Let me tell you a little tale…

that proves that if at first you do not succeed, try, try again. The answer may lie where you least expect it. About 10 days ago, I came up with a brainstorm: start laying the groundwork for a different type of career should it ever come to that, and if not, use this groundwork to give me a sense of purpose and fulfillment intellectually … Read More Let me tell you a little tale…

For My Father, Who Has Passed, on Christmas Day, 2017

What is it like when your father dies? I’ve been trying to articulate the feeling for a long time now, ever since August 11th when he passed, but I haven’t been able to put it into words until this Christmas Eve morning when I woke up thinking of James Joyce’s story “Araby,” and suddenly, the words were there. It has been many years since … Read More For My Father, Who Has Passed, on Christmas Day, 2017

Arthritis, Arcade Fire, Authority, Alchemy

(Originally written on 5 October 2016). Those four things don’t seem connected: don’t worry. They are. About 5 weeks ago, my knee buckled and hyper-extended, loudly cracked, and set off a moment of blinding pain. I slowed my breathing, then slowly stood up and realized that I could still walk. I put on a brace, and I went to bed. I told myself that … Read More Arthritis, Arcade Fire, Authority, Alchemy

On Rape Culture (trigger warning: rape, unwanted physical contact)

Looking back, I realize that it’s a miracle that I didn’t get raped when I was in high school or college. The news that Brock Turner, convicted rapist (whose name I can barely stomach typing but whose name needs to be out there so the RIGHT person can be shamed), has gotten away with a 6 month sentence for assaulting and raping an unconscious … Read More On Rape Culture (trigger warning: rape, unwanted physical contact)

Lucid Dream No. 1

A second cup of coffee at 3:28pm: the morning hazy with vague unease, I light a candle, read a book, till the first cup of coffee fails to stifle my restlessness and I drift off to sleep again. I conjure you in a vision athough as usual I mix your face, your body, your scent with others. I half-wake and see my tattoo and … Read More Lucid Dream No. 1

Torches

Sometimes the torch you carry is so blinding That you forget there is a sun But without the sun there would be no fire No passion no ambition no drive To become one And you have to learn To touch that torch to water, The steam rising around you But instead of obscuring It brings clarity And when the fog clears The only shining … Read More Torches