SEP
28

The Folsom Street Fair Salon

The Folsom Street Fair Salon
We didn't know how this party would turn out. There are lots of reasons to flake on a 95-degree Folsom Street Fair Sunday: the heat, the naked bodies down the street, the crowds, the traffic.The world’s largest leather event, the Folsom Street Fair springs from the loins of old-school queer SoMa agencies like the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, whose mission includes believing that, “all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and use humor and irreverent wit to exp......
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SEP
15

Shonda Rhimes’s 5 Mile Run

Shonda Rhimes’s 5 Mile Run
I read The Year of Yes because Shonda Rhimes rules television writing, a genre that lights my imagination and juices my inner writing-life fantasy mill. I admire Shonda’s work and hoped, in her memoir, to find some writing guidance. She doesn’t write much about writing though. Oh, there is guidance. It spans a wide range of topics, from mothering to weight loss to navigating one’s career. She buries her one, tiny, powerful nugget of writing advice in the middle of her chapter on marriage, which ......
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AUG
31

Singing Together Is Medicine: Interview with Amber Field

Singing Together Is Medicine: Interview with Amber Field
If you’re a Bay Area writer wanting to get your voice out there, you’re in luck. Musician and teacher Amber Field helps people free their voices, creativity, and spirits in private and group classes. Her 4 Free Your Voice classes start at the end of this month, so you still have time to sign up. “The class attracts people who have never sung, those who have blocks and trauma expressing themselves, and people who love to sing and want to take it to the next level. All are welcome, as a safe space......
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AUG
10

Reflecting the World as It Really Is: Interview with Na'amen Gobert Tilahun

Reflecting the World as It Really Is: Interview with Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
With his debut novel, The Root. Na'amen Gobert Tilahun took Toni Morrison’s famous dare: “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” I’ve been a large black man all of my life and I’ve experienced the fear and suspicion that comes along with that, he wrote when asked to comment on John Scalzi’s blog, Whatever, about the big ideas in his story. What if I wrote a black man whose power came from his anger? The Root is the first in his planned W......
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JUL
06

How To Title Your Book

How To Title Your Book
So often, a project germinates with a title. Sometimes that title evolves to be called the “working title” after it’s gotten batted around a bit. Sometimes it sticks. But some novel projects defy easy naming. I called my first novel novel #1 for a long time. And then it went through an awful lot of working titles before I settled on Turning Out. Who knows what it’ll be called when I finally publish the thing. For years, I’ve assigned this very good blog post by literary agent Rachelle Gardner to......
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