Hi, you! I'm the editor and publisher of Engine Books, a little fiction press that I started in 2011, and co-editor of Freight Stories, an online fiction journal. And I write. And teach freshman comp. Etc. Like a lot of us? Anyway, live in Indianapolis, married to another writer/editor, eat like the Midwesterner I am (lots; indiscriminately), garden, and now get weird sun-spots on my face instead of the cute freckles I used to have because I am almost 40.
@noReally We don't really have debutantes in Indiana, generally.
@Jolie Kerr Shower curtain liners are on my short list of things that get replaced instead of cleaned. I'm usually all for saving money and making things last, but those (and trash cans, actually) just get replaced every few months around here.
I'm very, very happy to be one of the lucky uninitiated. And your writing here is just fucking delightful.
@le petit hiboux Right! Those of us who are not properly Pilatesed are just as subject to the whims of nature as those other women who came before us. Or something.
@Ameelz123 I have even needed it after telling someone I was married, when I was out with a single female friend. Because "If you don't want to hook up, what the fuck are you doing in a bar, bitch?"
Twice in the last month I've had mystery texts from people who were clearly given my number in a situation like this. How I wish those ladies had had this option.
And as far as "being adults about this," when I've refused to give out my number in the past, I've been called all kinds of nasty names, even yelled at. I'm under no obligation to be nice or honest to such types.
My small press has a YA imprint, so I'm very, very pro-YA. But I will say that I have known a ton of grown-ups over the years who expressly prefer YA over novels meant for adults *because* they don't challenge them as much ethically or morally, because they are "easier" reads, etc. These people are not necessarily reading the best, most complex YA books, for sure. But there's a perspective out in the ether that I encounter relatively frequently that probably does need to consider something along the lines of what Gordon's after in the Slate piece.
@testingwithfire She evidently had a doula, and it did her no good.
Wait, were these names of the professors' actual students? Or random names? Because hell will freeze over before I answer anybody who is not presently enrolled in a course I teach, or a very memorable former student, regardless of their name.
@stonefruit You can get AN UNTAMED STATE now if you look around. It's not supposed to be out for another month, but I've seen it in a bunch of bookstores already.