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December 6, 2016


Fuck you too, Joyce Carol Oates.

October 4, 2016

A Nouncement

“Joy Peskin at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has acquired world rights to LUCKY LITTLE THINGS, a middle grade novel by Girlbomb author Janice Erlbaum, about what happens when Emma, an eighth grader who hasn’t had much good fortune recently, receives a mysterious note informing her that her luck is about to change. Publication is scheduled […]

September 16, 2016


I don’t know how long we’d been tripping by that point. Hours and hours and hours, light ones and dark ones, and some surprisingly cold ones, for a late spring night in May. It was hard to tell how we’d gotten there, this stoop on 9th and 6th, across from a building where I’d been […]

August 5, 2016


I assume that you wish to fume about your doom. This nurse nursed the worst right from the first. She asked that all be masked as in the past. Jim, I am now in a gem of a jam. He played the flute and then flew from sight. Your lure is sure and your loot […]

August 5, 2016

Tiny Emotional Insight

I think people are resistant to solving their problems because they feel like a solution would implicate them in the problem. Whenever I complain of a headache, and Bill tells me, “You should take some ibuprophen,” I resist the suggestion for a second. Part of me thinks, “You don’t understand. This is unfair. I didn’t cause […]

July 3, 2016

The ABC Method of Writing

ABC = Apply Butt to Chair. In other words: Sit down, and stay down. This method is the only thing I’ve ever tried that’s worked. I can’t guarantee it will get you results, but you’re pretty much guaranteed to get no results if you don’t ABC. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. Sitting down to […]

June 22, 2016

Abortion Party

I wrote a movie, and the hubs helped me make it. ABORTION PARTY It’s a heartwarming, tender tale of female friendships. And abortion. Synopsis: Amanda’s boyfriend knocked her up and left town, so she’s invited her best friends to come over and take care of her while she has an at-home medical abortion. Melanie is […]

May 31, 2016

What makes you angry

When I was trying to do stand-up comedy, back in the early aughts, an older comic taught me a tried-and-true method for writing jokes. Ask yourself: What makes you angry? What disgusts you? What do you really, really loathe? Whatever it is, that’s what you write about. This is how I wound up with 60 […]

May 30, 2016

The Point

Everything has been written before and why bother anyway. That feeling is what I have to overcome whenever I sit down to write for an audience. When I write in my notebook, it’s different — even if what I’m writing is pointless, I’m not wasting anybody’s time but my own, and it makes me feel […]

May 26, 2016

Possible blog topics

Writing Book reviews Daily life Random encounters with people in which I am the hero Not politics or social issues Not even the ones I feel strongly about I spent so many years blogging about politics and social issues and mostly what I got from it was hate mail Now that seems weak of me, […]