I Was On An All About Beer Panel

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 8:37 am on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Earlier this year, I was on a beer panel for All About Beer magazine. That means I got to sit in a room with other panelists, taste beers, and come up with descriptions of nuances and flavors. It was fun. Check out the March issue to see which beers we liked the best.

Book Review: The Nest By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 8:08 am on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Check it out! I have a book review up at KQED on The Nest By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Click here to read Review: Is ‘The Nest’ Worth Its Famed Seven-Figure Advance?

Facts About I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings In Mental Floss

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 9:17 am on Friday, March 4, 2016

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Check out my most recent Mental Floss post, 11 Facts About I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou was such a fascinating person.

Truth Is Stranger Than Children’s Fiction In Writer’s Digest

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 9:07 am on Friday, March 4, 2016

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I have an article in the March/April issue of Writer’s Digest titled “When Truth Is Stranger Than (Children’s) Fiction.” Next time you’re in a bookstore, pick up a copy and check it out.

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Article: Secret Garden In Mental Floss

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 3:59 pm on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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I have a new post up at Mental Floss: 8 Lovely Facts About The Secret Garden. I was surprised to learn that Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic book is basically an allegory for Christian Science. Weird.

Click here to read the article.

My Article Among Biggest Literary Stories Of 2015

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 7:38 am on Thursday, December 31, 2015

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Literary Hub mentioned my article in The Atlantic about literary journals charging reading fees to submitting writers among The 50 Biggest Literary Stories of the Year. It’s under number 31: Literary Journals Making Money Off Slush Piles. Check it out!

Mental Floss: 9 Mournful Facts About Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 10:06 am on Friday, October 30, 2015

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I wrote another Halloween-themed Mental Floss post: 9 Mournful Facts About Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”

Ravens can really talk. Here’s a video of a raven saying “nevermore.”

The Atlantic: Should Literary Journals Charge Writers Just to Read Their Work?

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 7:20 am on Monday, October 26, 2015

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I’m excited to share an article I wrote for The Atlantic on literary journal reading fees. It looks into whether literary journals should charge writers fees to submit their writing, an important issue that needs more discussion.

Check out: Should Literary Journals Charge Writers Just to Read Their Work?

Mental Floss: Halloween Edition

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 7:57 am on Saturday, October 24, 2015

Here are my latest Mental Floss articles. They are Halloween themed. Wooo (spooky noise).

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10 Monstrous Facts About ‘Frankenstein’

The amount of death that happened around Mary Shelley during the writing and publication of Frankenstein is astounding. Three children, her half-sister, Percy Shelley’s first wife… the list goes on. No wonder she wrote about bringing the dead back to life.

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10 Blood-Curdling Facts About ‘Dracula’

There are so many interesting components that went into writing Dracula: Jack the Ripper, the painter Rossetti digging up his dead wife’s grave, the connection between English vampires and Frankenstein, and more.

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15 Mysterious Facts About Owls

I love owls.

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11 Facts About ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

I don’t know about you, but going through the Dust Bowl sounds like a much scarier nightmare than Frankenstein’s monster.

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11 Strange Facts About ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’

There’s a theory that Robert Louis Stevenson wrote this book while on a three-day cocaine binge. It makes sense.

Mental Floss Articles: Walden, Chocolate Factories, Witches, Spiders, and More!

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 6:54 am on Monday, September 28, 2015

More Mental Floss articles that I wrote! Get ‘em while they’re hot!

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12 Gloriumptious Facts About Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl actually was a chocolate tester for a candy company when he was a kid. It stuck with him (so to speak) and inspired Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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10 Transcendental Facts About Walden.

Did you know Thoreau started a 3,000-acre forest fire before going to live in the woods?

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Charlotte’s Web

EB White was fascinated with spiders and even took her egg sack back to his New York apartment with him. He was delighted when it hatched and the baby spiders spun webs all over his room.

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10 Witchy Facts About The Crucible.

While Arthur Miller was writing his allegory for McCarthyism, he was having an affair with Marilyn Monroe. I can’t help but surmise this must have influenced the affair between Abigail and John Proctor.

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