Hello 2020!

Filed under: Joy's Work,Personal — Administrator at 2:30 pm on Thursday, January 2, 2020


Hello 2020! For the first day of the new year, I took a falconry lesson on a cliff in La Jolla, California. A lanner falcon swooped through the air and landed on my arm while the ocean crashed below and paragliders took off overhead. Not a bad way to start the year.

2019 was a strange, dramatic year, but a lot of great things happened. I sold my first novel, Right Back Where We Started From, which is coming out in 2021. I published a lot, including pieces in Longreads, Alta, and Poetry Foundation. I contributed to an article on the Kincade Fire that was on the front page of The Washington Post. I was awarded a Discovered Awards for Emerging Literary Artists and a residency with Hypatia-in-the-Woods. My essay on George Sterling was a notable in The Best American Essays 2019 and my short story Drought was included in 2019 Best Small Fictions. On top of that, I traveled all around the United States, including New York, California, Michigan, Utah, South Dakota, Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois, and Hawaii. Whew!

It’s nice to finish off the decade strong. Here’s to an even more exciting and prosperous 2020.

Short Story: Double Feature In The Maine Review

Filed under: Joy's Work,Short Stories — Administrator at 6:19 am on Tuesday, August 6, 2019


My short story Double Feature was in a recent issue of The Maine Review. I hope it’ll make it online eventually, but in the meantime, if you see a copy, check it out.

I Was On The Radio In Portland, Oregon

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 3:50 pm on Thursday, September 21, 2017


I was on XRAY In The Morning in Portland, Oregon talking about my article in The Atlantic Why Aren’t There More Women Working in Audio? You can listen to it online. Hurrah!

The Atlantic: Why Aren’t There More Women Working in Audio?

Filed under: Joy's Work,Nonfiction — Administrator at 10:48 am on Thursday, September 7, 2017


I have a new article in The Atlantic asking Why Aren’t There More Women Working in Audio? Here’s an excerpt:

In 2000, the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) women in audio committee—which is now, tellingly, defunct—loosely estimated that 5 percent of those working in the field were female. A 2016 survey by AES found 7 percent of its members were women, though that number is incomplete because participants could opt out of reporting their gender. According to Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a nonprofit that trains women for sound careers, that number is probably lower. With men holding the vast majority of technical jobs in audio, it follows that virtually all the music we hear—on the radio, over headphones, or in a live venue—has been shaped by a man.

Read the rest here!

Essay: The Joy and Frustration of 3D Printing Your Kids’ Toys

Filed under: Joy's Work,Nonfiction — Administrator at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2016


I have an essay on Parent.co today! It’s about 3D printing, something I talk about a lot on here. In particular, it’s about 3D printing toys for our son Gideon. Right now, we’re printing him stocking stuffers for Christmas.

Here’s more about that: Read The Joy and Frustration of 3D Printing Your Kids’ Toys

Book Review: Moonglow By Michael Chabon

Filed under: Joy's Work,Nonfiction — Administrator at 12:04 pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Check out my review of Michael Chabon’s elegantly structured novel Moonglow on KQED.

Article: How Reality TV Made Donald Trump

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 11:14 am on Friday, November 18, 2016


I have an op-ed up on Vice! Check out How Reality TV Made Donald Trump President.

A sample:

We should learn from this election. It’s imperative that we look at who and what we’re elevating in the form of harmless entertainment. Even when television seems silly and trite, the images and messages it sends to viewers are influential. We need to question whether we want the entertainment we put on TV to become, over time, mirrors of our society as a whole. I, for one, don’t want to live in a nation of Real Housewives.

More Here.

Book Review: Felicia Day’s Memoir

Filed under: Joy's Work,Nonfiction — joy at 7:50 am on Thursday, August 20, 2015


I reviewed Felicia Day’s memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)for KQED, including thoughts on GamerGate. READ IT HERE.

Articles: L. Frank Baum, Horton Hears A Who, And Jack London

Filed under: Joy's Work,Nonfiction — joy at 7:34 am on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Here’s a few recent articles:


13 Facts About L. Frank Baum’s ‘Wonderful Wizard of Oz’

L. Frank Baum was a fascinating person. I had no idea. He was a chicken farmer and a traveling salesman and went around the country performing a melodrama that he wrote himself. And he claimed he was going to start a Wizard of Oz theme park on a nonexistent island off the California coast. My new hero.


10 Facts About ‘Horton Hears A Who!’

I was reading this book to Gideon and realized that it was an allegory for World War II. When I looked into it deeper, I realized that Horton Hears A Who was Dr. Seuss’s atonement for his racist actions against the Japanese during the war.


10 Facts About ‘The Call of the Wild’

I gained respect for Jack London while writing this. I was able to confirm that it’s true he was rejected 664 times in the first five years of writing. He had a spindle with a needle on it on which he would impale his rejection letters. Eventually he had a column of rejection slips four feet high. That’s some major grit.

Story: Undertaker

Filed under: Joy's Work,Nonfiction — joy at 6:58 am on Friday, July 5, 2013

I have a short story up on Monkeybicycle called “Undertaker.” It’s about a girl, a ghost, and a sinister prairie dog.

That’s right. Sinister prairie dog. How can you resist?

Click here to read Undertaker.

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