What does it mean to “be a writer”?

I spent this weekend at the Bay Area Book Festival. After a talk by Joan Frank, Dorothy Lazard, and Jane Smiley, I stood in line to have them sign the books I’d bought. Joan Frank asked me, “are you a writer?” I hadn’t brought up writing. I’d said something about looking forward to reading Frank’s … Continue reading What does it mean to “be a writer”?


This morning I carved out some time to write: forty-five minutes or so, before work. I sat staring at the screen, the friendly UI I’ve got set up for drafting, and I wrote: What do I want to write about? I have no idea. If in doubt, fiddle around with something that is marginally productive, … Continue reading Updates