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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my new new novel

About five minutes ago, I sent the first three chapters of my new novel to my editor at Random House.  It doesn’t have a title yet, and it won’t come out until Spring 2012. But it’s a crazy thrill to have the beginning in solid shape, and to send it off for feedback. I’ve been […]

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loving this today

I stumbled across this German cover for The Bright Side of Disaster this morning!  At first, because of the cake, I thought it must be Everyone Is Beautiful.  But there’s nobody pregnant in Everyone Is Beautiful — not really, anyway — so I think it must be Bright Side!  The German version is extra-fun because […]

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hello?

I can never find the phone.  Ever.  I spend about half my day circling the house, looking for a ringing cordless. But it’s not there. It’s buried under something. But I don’t know what. I don’t know why I can’t remember to put it back on the base when I’m done talking.  But I can’t. […]

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“winter”

Down here in Texas, we have to work hard to create winter. It’s not really a season in Houston, exactly.  It’s more like a series of fronts that blow the heat away for a few months, a couple of days at a time. So holiday decorations have a kind of make-believe quality.  Like we’re pretending […]

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my exquisite mother

I have one of those moms who’s a superhero.  There is nothing she can’t handle.  She should have been the President, and I’m not kidding. But then I never would have gotten to see her.  And I love to see her.  So it was a good deal for me that she wasn’t the President.  But […]

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the girls

I’ve been feeling feisty lately.  The brouhaha over Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten books of 2009 — which had no women authors on it — has left me thinking a lot about women’s place in our cultural conversation. And, as I’ve been driving my carpools and snaking the grocery store aisles, I’ve been composing an essay […]

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s i s t e r s

I stumbled on this little moment in our old home movies over the weekend and couldn’t believe how sweet it was.  And so I made this video. (I’m the little blond sister, by  the way…) [BlueTube]04u0RTAxLn8[/BlueTube]

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9 great things about my husband

It’s my 9-year wedding anniversary this week.  (Nine years married, fifteen together.) And so, a nine-best ode to my awesome husband.  Here are nine great things about him — though, really, I could go on and on: 9.  The mustache. 8.  The pants. 7.  The way he is so completely stoked to have a wife […]

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