free LUCK for everybody

So we had the book launch party for Get Lucky on Saturday. I really wasn’t sure how many people would show up, but I knew it would be a fun time.  Especially since I’d be reading the first chapter of the book, which is pretty feisty. The opening paragraph is all about how the main […]

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the beautiful salad my kids did not eat

Dear Jamie Oliver, I am enjoying your show. And while I may never truly recover from watching you make a chicken nugget by putting a carcass in a food processor, bones and all, and then squeezing the goo through a strainer–I do feel like sharing that moment with you somehow made me a better person. […]

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radio interview

I had such a fun time this morning talking with Christopher Gabriel on his radio program at WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota. Of course, I wasn’t in Fargo.  I was home, in my pajamas.  As all writers should be at all times. We had a great chat, and I found myself thinking, afterwards, about how […]

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book trailer for Get Lucky

Get Lucky is a novel about many different things, but one of them is sisters. I have two sisters, myself–I’m the middle one–and so I know a lot about the subject. Here’s a book trailer I made using my mom’s Super 8 home movies of us as children.  The redhead who’s working so hard on […]

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our kitchen windowsill

I spend a lot of time looking at this windowsill. It’s right above our kitchen sink and right across from the stove, so here I am most nights, chopping, grating, and sautéeing things. Right now, in spring, the back door is always open when I’m there, and the kids are usually out back. I listen […]

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questions about Get Lucky

The concept of sisterhood is an ongoing theme throughout the book.  Are Mackie and Sarah foil characters?  Does sisterhood strengthen the bond between two opposite people or stifle and complicate personal freedom?  Do you have a sister of your own? I have two sisters of my own—and no brothers.  And it’s funny to me how, […]

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art for mom 2.0

It’s been a long month of sick kids (and parents) at my house.  And even though I knew there would be many, many, many of my favorite people at the Mom 2.0 Summit last weekend, I had to scramble pretty hard to get there. But I made it.  And it was so good in so […]

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my exhausted heart

We’ve been sick for two solid weeks around here. And I am a champion worrier.   I can worry you under the table.  You don’t know what worrying is until you’ve met me.  If I could take my worrying to the Olympics, I’d bring home the gold, baby.  I’d have my own line of sneakers. […]

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surreal

Plenty of surreal things have happened in my life.  But I’m not sure I’ve ever quite felt anything like it feels to look at this: It’s my first novel, The Bright Side of Disaster, in Czech. It is indescribably bizarre to flip through a book that YOU wrote–and not be able to read a word. […]

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mine

The images in the Mom 2.0: Defining a Movement video that I made all came from real photographers–women who are working on their craft every day.  I am not a real photographer.  But I did sneak in one of my own photos when I made the video.  Just one. This one’s mine. It’s a heart […]

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VIDEO: defining a movement (Mom 2.0)

My friend Laura asked me to make a video for the Mom 2.0 Summit art show. And here it is! Many thanks to Shutter Sisters for allowing me to use photos from the site.  And many thanks to the amazing photographers:  Karen Walrond, Jenny Lawson, Tracey Clark, Sarah Ji, Kristin Zecchinelli, Irene Nam, and Meredith […]

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tracks

My grandparents’ ranch is on the Brazos river, a perpetually brown, sandy-bottom river outside Houston. I’ve paced around its shores on trips to the ranch my whole life, and now we take our kids there and they do the same thing.  Its amazing to watch history repeat itself like that, and I’m happy to report […]

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what I’m working on

I’m taking a little break from novel-writing this week to make a video essay for the upcoming Mom 2.0 Summit in Houston. My friend Laura has organized an art show during the conference that will try to honor the amazing things that women are doing online–and the way that having a public place that we […]

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