News! Links! Apologies!

Let’s start with the apologies: It’s been a while since I have had time to post anything substantial here. That’s not for lack of interesting writing related news: I have things to say about Huckleberry Finn! I have things to say about The Help! I have things to say about the march-madness-for-writers that is the Tournament of Books! I have things to say about  Wisconsin that I would pretend were writing related on account of the state of Wisconsin having given me time/money/permission to be a writer!

I also have students, and a novel to write, and events and interviews to follow through on, and so my commitment to the blog has been minimal of late. When I was visiting the University of Michigan, a student said that in a writing course she’d been warned that blogging made a person a less serious writer. It seemed silly to me, and I said so– a sort of outmoded fear of technology that as a general rule makes about as much sense as saying that a writer can never use a telephone. Blogging is one form of communication in a world of many. But I also said there’s a temptation in blogging– just as with the telephone, or facebook, or twitter– that can lead one to expect writing to be a process of instant gratification, or to put one’s energy into the form that gathers instant and measurable audience and feedback. I need to get fully absorbed into the long term, slow gratification of pulling the novel into its final form (perhaps another blood-drawing analogy is in order here?), and so it will probably be summer, maybe even fall, before I have time to get back to longer, more thoughtful, less self-promotional blog posts. In the meantime, here are some things I’ve been doing of late:

Last month I dropped by the NPR offices for a lunch hour reading, and they’ve put the video online here.

Before my reading at the lovely Franklin Park Reading Series (totally worth taking the 3AM train home to DC), I got to fill out The L Questionnaire for Writer Types. I also talked to Christi Craig at Writing Under Pressure.

I did a reading at KGB bar for a great program called Behind the Book, and another here in DC, for the Writers in Schools Program. Before the Writers in Schools reading, I had the opportunity to visit Thurgood Marshall High School, and meet some really fantastic and impressive students.

Just this week, I got the exciting news that Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self was given an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway award.

Sometime this month, I have an interview coming out in the Fiction Writers Review, which has been running some really great essays and reviews and essays on reviewing.

Next week, I am part of a weeklong Goodreads conversation with a panel of debut short story collection authors including the lovely and amazing Emma Straub. To participate in the Q and A, join the group.

Last but not least, later this month I am off to the SMU lit fest in Dallas, which I am very excited about.

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3 thoughts on “News! Links! Apologies!

  1. Sounds like you’re busy in a very good kind of way, Danielle! Congratulations on the honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway. The interview with FWR is coming out March 23rd. I’ll keep you posted.

  2. Exciting stuff! Can’t wait for the novel to be released, and waiting to see when you’ll be in DC again :)

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