"Write as if you were dying," Annie Dillard says, "At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?" Here at the end of 2016 her words are the closest I can come to describing why I press on. "At its best," she continues, "the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace."
Here, in no particular order, my year in words:
"Contentious Women of the Old Testament," originally published in Leader magazine, cross published here.
"Pencil Skirts and Power Ties," in Rhubarb magazine. Consider buying a copy here.
Love is a verb, not a suspension, for The Mennonite.
An op-ed for Religion News Service about my pastor's credentials being revoked, as detailed in the article above.
A review of 99 Stories of God by Joy Williams for the Englewood Review of Books.
Hunger, an essay about women and soccer, for The Other Journal.
A ten-week series of snarky feminist commentary on The Bachelor last winter, on Patreon, because over analyzing bad TV is my preferred form of self-care.
Oh, also: I finished my book. Forthcoming from Cascade books in 2017. Time for some champagne...or a really long nap. Cheers!