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Archive for January, 2012

Reading, with eleven month old twins??  Yes!  During naps, in the evenings, on weekends.  Here are some micro-reviews of my favorite books from their first (almost) year.

Short stories (great when you’re constantly interrupted!):

A collection of stories that capture the end of innocence or the end of eras, but beauty and mystery tinge the darkest moments.
by Steven Millhauser

Odd, quirky, realistically-supernatural stories that invoke a sense of wistful nostalgia even when set in the present time.

 

Novels: (more…)

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A deep breath, and here we go.

I don’t know what, exactly, this blog is going to be.  But I figured the best way to find out is to just … start.

I’m a writer and a mother.  Sometimes I think these two occupations are perfectly compatible; other times I think I’m living a double life — one half often at the expense of the other.

When I first had an apartment with a room of my own to write in, I didn’t know what to call it.  A study sounded too academic.  An office sounded too … officious.  I even tried the acronym ARoMO (for a Room of My Own), but it felt ridiculous (and sounded more like an Italian restaurant than a writing room).  Somehow the idea of a hatchery popped into my head.  A place to hatch things, to incubate, to launch.

Then I had a child.  Two, actually: twins.  And we moved to a bigger apartment, but one without an extra room for me.  I thought I would mourn my hatchery but for many months I found myself too busy with what I had actually hatched.

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