I interviewed Monica Byrne about The Girl in the Road

9780804138840_custom-2db3dd196e9404af7d78ed7129bbccff56252bf3-s1200-c15Way back in January, era of cold snowy misery, I read The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne, and it blew me away. You may remember me flailing about it here. Well, it seems I’m getting kinda good at this being-a-working-writer thing, this leaning-in, pitching-like-a-shark thing, because when I learned that one of my friends, Laura, actually grew up in the same town, instead of feeling awed and shying away, I said “Hey! I’d love to interview her.”

And, readers, I did.

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Send me to Germany!

Photo on 4-15-15 at 10.05 PM #2So do you remember how, way back in December, I posted about how I’m going to be studying with Roxane Gay in Germany this summer? The time is nigh to figure out how to fund that. Thus I have created my first ever GoFundMe. Please take a look at it and throw some pasta my way, if you can!

Here’s what you’d be Internetly slapping your hard earned money down for:

I write about my experiences. I write about feminism, and misogyny, and surviving sexual violence. I write about how freaking awesome and brilliant and strong girls are, for the awesome/brilliant/strong kid I was, for the awesome/brilliant/strong kids I haven’t even met yet. I write about the tough-as-nails women who raised me.  I write about sex in all it’s silliness and sultryness and joy.

I also write about fairy tales, and zombies, and mermaids, and superhero chicks who save the world a lot. So if you like any of those things, or if you just like me, please consider throwing some dinero my way.

If that sounds worth it to you (and I hope it does), please (if you’re able to!) help a lady out.

Also, as a thank you for your kindness and generosity, I’ll send you post cards and letters and trinkets and sketches of topless mermaids and personalized stories and poems written just for you, if you so desire.

Sultana’s Dream

‘You need not be afraid of coming across a man here. This is Ladyland, free from sin and harm. Virtue herself reigns here.’

Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain

Books On My Bookshelf I Have Not Yet Read (Part One)

  1. Swanson on Swanson, by Gloria Swanson
  2. The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan (unfinished)
  3. Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara, by Eve Golden (unfinished)
  4. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
  5. Paris, by Andrew Hussey
  6. Girls to the Front, by Sara Marcus
  7. Gut Feelingsby Gerd Gigerenzer
  8. Why Does He Do That: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men, by Lundy Bancroft (unfinished)
  9. The Selected Poems of Anne Sexton
  10. The Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay
  11. The Everything Tarot Book, by M.J. Abadie (unfinished)
  12. The Girl With All The Gifts, by M.R. Carey
  13. Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History, by Bill Laws
  14. The Vampire Book, by J. Gordon Melton
  15. Ghosts, by Hans Holzer
  16. The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories, edited by Alan Ryan
  17. Witchcraze, by Anne Llewellyn Barrow
  18. Vampires, Burial, and Death, by Paul Barber
  19. A Witches Guide to Faery Folk, by Edain McCoy
  20. Wyrd Sisters, by Terry Pratchett
  21. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon
  22. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  23. Speak, Memory, by Vladimir Nabokov
  24. The Magic of Believing: The Science of Setting Your Goal and then Reaching It, by Claude M. Bristol
  25. The Tudors: The Kings and Queens of England’s Golden Age, by Jane Bingham
  26. Titanic, by Charles Pellegrino

Things That Inspired My Newest Short Story

“A mermaid is itself a kind of sex. A moving thing, without legs.
…the banker was dreaming.
Of mermaids. Ominous how the green light looked
In my window. The sea-fog rolling in.”

 Alejandro Escudé, A Moving Thing, Without Legs

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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