Welcome! I’ve migrated over to a blog that’s more writing-related, with notes about the book I’m working on. Feel free to check it out here. It was a really wonderful time, writing this blog for about ten years, and I hope there continue to be things here that amuse you or are of interest.
Also, I seem to have picked up a troll along the way, and you may have arrived here through a link they’ve put up using my old blog address or my lily hamrick website. In both locations and in other places on the web, this person seems to be pretending to be me. Not sure why this person or persons are spending their time to put me down but thanks for not giving it another moment’s thought, which is a good way to go about not feeding the troll.
If you’d like to know something about me — in addition to being a writer, I’m also a lawyer in San Francisco. I have three sons and a dog who looks like a sheep. His name’s Archie. My first novel, The Secret War, is a spy story set during the 1960s, and was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Award. A story inspired by my second novel, Queen of Mercy, “Corpus Delicti,” was a finalist for the Dana Award for Short Fiction and an excerpt from Queen of Mercy was a finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards. I’ve been lucky enough to have been awarded residencies at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Kimmel, Harding, Nelson Center for the Arts and Ragdale. In the spring, I’ll be a guest at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. I have a BA in English from Yale, an MA in English from UC Berkeley and a JD from the law school at UC Berkeley
I’ve also written a couple of short stories, a form I really like a lot as a reader, although as a writer I haven’t written many. One of them appeared in the fall/winter 2009 edition of Southern Humanities Review. It’s about a visit to a strip club. If that kind of thing floats your boat, you can find it on my writing-related blog. SHR doesn’t have it online or I’d direct you there. In addition, while I was working on placing a piece of short fiction, I chronicled the entire process, which is sometimes demoralizing and sometimes heartening. You can find it here and here on this blog. I hope it gives other writers hope that if they persist, they will find a home for their work, as I did.
Shortly after my first novel was a finalist for the James Jones award, I signed on with a terrific agent, Donald Maass, who’s been an unfailing guide through the process of getting a novel out into the world and has never doubted that I will. So wish me luck in that endeavor!
If you want to be in touch with me, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be happy to hear from you.
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