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A Handy Guide To Nazis

A Handy Guide To Nazis

Amid the latest displays of hate and counter protests has emerged a new type of argument I’ll refer to as Nazi equivocating. Statements like “there was violence on both sides” and “not everyone there was a white supremacist” and people “needing to know all the facts” before they decide if the Nazis are the bad guys (like SOME PEOPLE[1] have never seen a movie before. Trust me, the Nazis are always ...[Read More]

My Cat Is More Popular Than Me

My Cat Is More Popular Than Me

I’ve been on Twitter for, what? Three and a half, four years? I’ll admit, since the election, I do a lot more retweeting long screeds than original hilarious content, and since it’s summer, unless you’re a Royals fan, nothing I say will have any relation to your life, but still. Still. I’ve spent years coming up with thoughtful, funny, frustrated, insightful, and/or r ...[Read More]

A Boob Tale

A Boob Tale

I’m going to spend the next 2,000 words talking about boobs. Until I was twelve, I was a typical Midwestern suburban white kid: long-limbed, thin, rode my bike without a helmet, went sledding in the winter and chased the ice cream truck in the summer. Then puberty hit. And puberty hit hard. I distinctly remember the moment I realized my body was going to be a problem. The summer after sixth grade, ...[Read More]

To the Parents of the Screaming Toddler

To the Parents of the Screaming Toddler

Your kid is annoying. Recently I was on an airplane populated by four screaming toddlers within five rows of me. They were annoying. All of them. Your screaming kid is not an exception. I turned to Chris, who was in the seat behind me, and said, “It’s like everyone in Cleveland decided a flight smack dab in the middle of bedtime.” Which was true. The flight was from 6:40 pm-8:20 ...[Read More]

The YA Curve

The YA Curve

When I wrote a young adult (heretofore referred to as YA) novel, I was as surprised as anyone. I actually wrote Little Girls Dream Big nine years ago, and it took six years to find a home with a publisher. One of the reasons it took so long was because I, as a card-carrying adult, didn’t read YA. My protagonists were teenagers, but I was a snob, and I thought what I had written was an adult ...[Read More]

Lessons From The Journey

Lessons From The Journey

Learning the publishing business the hard way. By Christina Hoag I often wonder if I’d known all I know now about the publishing business, would I still have flung myself headlong into writing novels? The answer is probably yes. Writing novels has been my dream since I was a small girl. Still, I wish I’d known a few practicalities beforehand. A key one is how much more I could have done to build m ...[Read More]

Old Fussy Pants

Old Fussy Pants

About a month ago, I was talking to my next-door neighbor, Delores. She hangs out with our cat to keep her company when we go out of town. She’s a great neighbor. We were discussing which of our other neighbors we’ve met. I told her about Scott the Retired Plumber, whom you’ve all met here before; we are both friendly with the Jehovah’s witnesses across the street and their awesome dog Harley; she ...[Read More]