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April 5, 2018

Since I was very young, I’ve always had an affinity for the older generation. One of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon was with my grandmother and her friends at her independent living complex, chatting about their rich lives and absorbing invaluable wisdom. I was...

April 4, 2018

In early 2012, when I bought Claire’s first memoir, The Rules of Inheritance, I devoured her sentences in one night. In addition to enjoying her gorgeous prose, I loved that she offered a panoramic, non-linear view of her grief—past, present, and future—all happening a...

March 31, 2018

Song: We Will Rise Again

Composer: David Haas

The aspect of Catholicism where I felt most at home was singing liturgical music. At 8-years-old, I became a Catholic cantor and, over the years, sang masses on weekends, holy love-themed ballads at weddings, and mourning hym...

March 30, 2018

In my book-in-progress, the child-me who once believed that love and immortality are inseparable visits the questioning adult I have become. In some other memoirs I’ve read, the now-adult yearns to dive back in time and comfort the prior child. But I want the opposite....

March 29, 2018

(From my memoir-in-progress, Mimic the Sun)

I’m about 150 pages into my second creative nonfiction book and it has to do with learning to letgo and love now, in light of the fact that life won’t go on as we know it. Like all of my writing, it’s a love story—about the...

March 28, 2018

I’m gearing up for my agent to take my first book out on submission. The title comes from this poem, written by Slam-o, Alan’s poetic alter ego. Before Alan and I became life partners, we were long distance muses. He sent me every screenplay he wrote, poems he penned d...

March 27, 2018

He’s the perfect writing companion, really. He’s sassy and affectionate. He preserves my sense of solitude, but takes away the loneliness I sometimes feel when writing for hours. A few years ago, @alan.m.caudillo and I found him—or rather—he found us, at our local No-K...

March 26, 2018

Recently, I read Draft No. 4 by John McPhee—who is likely the most revered nonfiction writer of our time—and his book is one I will definitely return to for guidance. I learned a lot about structure—which happens to be my biggest struggle when writing. He advises that...

March 25, 2018

There’s something special about seeing my name in print. When I was in high school, I wrote for my local newspaper (The Bucks County Courier Times) on their teen panel. On the mornings a piece was featured, I couldn’t wait to pick up the paper on my door step and hold...

March 24, 2018

Sadly, I haven’t picked up the instrument since then. I suspect that I needed to feel completely at home in Los Angeles before I started studying again. On Tuesday, I have my first lesson scheduled—and I’m scared that I forgot everything I know. My teacher taught me ra...

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