What to read when: you feel out of control
Misery loves your company in Jade Sharma's "Problems"
The book: “Problems” by the late writer Jade Sharma
The why: Because where else can we go right now for salvation other than the darkest of dark comedies? This fantastic debut novel will introduce you to potty-mouthed, laser-brained Maya, whose heroin-chic literary life in NYC is starting to involve a little too much heroin. This is an important and timely book about a woman teetering between independence and dependence; control and chaos; self-awareness and self-sabotage. It is so smart. So funny. So effing moving. Please pick it up right now.
The governing body of polo in America, The United States Polo Association, did a profile on me! I am so happy and proud about this. The focus of the article is on the healing potential of horses and how non-verbal communication can be powerful medicine for people who are stuck inside their heads. You can read it (and see photos) here. Thank you Madelyn Blum for the interview and write-up and Kenzie Odegaard Fields for the beautiful photos.
I was on a great writerly podcast this week called “The Perks of Being a Booklover.” Based out of Kentucky, this podcast celebrates writers who love writing. Accordingly, it’s me and the hosts talking about books we love, plus some craft tips and movie recos. Give a listen! (Especially if you are in to vampires, like me.)
Tomorrow night (Thursday July 6th), please join me and the wondrous Mira Ptacin virtually via Virginia’s Fountain Bookshop to talk about all things motherhood. Register for this 6pm ET virtual event here.
This Friday, watch your inbox for a Friday Office Hours post: we’ll be critiquing another one of your agent query letters, live!
Until then— hang in there. I’ve started working on something new and it is one of two things that is grounding me. Oh— I also saw the new “Top Gun” last night and it is the most American film I have ever seen in my life, which is saying something, because I’ve seen “Armageddon.” Top Gun: Maverick had quite the PR team working behind it: there isn’t any bloodshed, the enemy’s face is never shown, the film length is perfection and there’s no penetrative sex shown between the two love interests, just rosy pillow talk. Plus there’s a beautiful homoerotic touch football scene during a beach sunset AND Jennifer Connelly sailing in white chinos with perfect summer hair. Highly recommend. The hype is merited!