The Intentional Spirit of Human Compassion

November 28th, 2022 I always get sappy and emotional this time of year (“How is that different than usual?” you ask; “Shut up,” I reply) as an important anniversary in early December comes up. In business, you can make decisions based on common sense and objective financial goals, or you can make them based onContinue reading “The Intentional Spirit of Human Compassion”

Impossible Dream

November 26th, 2022 I tried several times to NOT write this book. Let me start at the beginning: I wanted to write something to celebrate my tenth year of publishing in 2023. I was trying to think of a way to get all my characters in one place. Let me tell you what I didn’tContinue reading “Impossible Dream”

The Language of Darkness

November 25th, 2022 There’s something you feel when someone ends their own life that feels either unnatural or completely understandable. It’s something I’ve explored a lot, in essays like these, and in fictional characters like Liam, in the book Push, and Axis in The Weirdos. I had the realization that I had said unnatural orContinue reading “The Language of Darkness”

Grace

November 23rd, 2022 I love this time of year, because I live for times when light and dark are mutually strongest. The holidays can be f—ing tough. Talking to others around a table, especially those who see the world differently than you do, can be extremely sensitive and difficult. Kirsten Powers on Substack sent theContinue reading “Grace”

Season of a Thousand Nice Moments

November 19th, 2022 For the last time this season, I get to thank the best community in the universe for being the best. Out of all the exchanges I had today, a unique one stays with me. A woman in her seventies walked by my table. I asked her if she read. She glanced quicklyContinue reading “Season of a Thousand Nice Moments”

To fill or burst, to break or bury, or wear as jewelry

November 18th, 2022 I’m reading a book called The Gift by Lewis Hyde and have a longer essay forthcoming, but I wanted to write a little on it before my last table gig of the year, tomorrow morning at Valley Creek Mall in Woodbury. The Gift is about (spoiler alert, I am so sorry) gifts.Continue reading “To fill or burst, to break or bury, or wear as jewelry”

Gratitude For Fall Tour ’22

November 15th, 2022 Encore? ENCORE!! First, I want to thank everyone who came to any (or all!) of the dates on my Fall Tour 2022. I was able to do a full week’s worth of appearances this season, and I met (or reunited with) hundreds of you delightful people. Every event was a success inContinue reading “Gratitude For Fall Tour ’22”

Kevin Conroy, Batman

November 14th, 2022 Kevin Conroy passed away on November 10th, 2022. For many people, he was known as the voice of Batman. For some of us, he simply was Batman. It’s odd, because last month I started a series of essays about Halloween costumes I’d worn as a kid, and what those characters meant toContinue reading “Kevin Conroy, Batman”

Twin Cities Con 2022 Recap

November 13th, 2022 “It’s so nice to finally meet you in real life!” There are a thousand thinkpieces out there about how to cure the internet and the problem of being very online; the solution has always been conventions. Being at a convention is a special kind of feeling at home. The amount of kindnessContinue reading “Twin Cities Con 2022 Recap”

Twin Cities Con ’22 Highlight

November 12th, 2022 I’ll do an entire Twin Cities Con weekend recap tomorrow night, but I am exhausted; I’m also exhilarated to be able to do it all over again, one more time, tomorrow. I just wanted to share this photo from one of the two panels I got lucky enough to be a partContinue reading “Twin Cities Con ’22 Highlight”