Today I wanna celebrate. Partly because I’m sick of my own Sad Sackery, but mostly because there are so many amazing writer girls in my world and I WANNA SCREAM ABOUT THEM! So I’m gonna.
Course I’m psyched that Alice Munro won the 2013 Noble Prize in Literature, and I love that she’s willing to share her wisdom about storywriting and her wisdom about being a writer and about being a human.
Guess that’s what storywriting is all about. Smart lady, that Alice Munro.
In addition to Alice Munro, I wanna celebrate my smart and funny and non-gallbladder-having friend Carrie Mesrobian. You should read her delicious novel Sex and Violence and her blog and hilarious Tumblr posts, and also check out this guest post on why girls like broken boys on the excellent blog Wrapped Up In Books. So. Gooooood.
Carrie can also knit.
And she has this super swell friend named Christa Desir who wrote a book called Fault Line, which I read in one day because I loved it so much. Christa is a fearless ass-kicker for writing this book. You can buy it because it just came out TODAY. So do.
You don’t know these writer girls yet, but I have the great pleasure of meeting up each month with Dawn and Grace and Carmen. The four of us make up the writing group we modestly refer to as Hotchix. Cuz obviously, we’re hot. And we’re chix. Those three girls are seriously hot, though. You will know them someday.
I wanna shout about Karen Irwin who teaches writing and occasionally graces the News Tribune with her thoughts and opinions, but most importantly, meets me at a shithole Mexican restaurant in Nowheresville so we can kibitz about life and kids and writing while shoving chips and salsa in our faces. Karen, I love you WAAAAAAY more than those chips.
I wanna shout about Christine Robbins who inspires me every day with her amazing attitude toward illness and her ability to write about it. Apparently, the Georgia Review is also impressed by her.
I wanna shout about Ellen McLaughlin, the beautiful actor and playwright who I had the great pleasure of spending a week with at Hedgebrook years ago.
Ellen, I think of you often. Because you are THAT cool.
I wanna shout about Sherry N., who recently posted a brave and beautiful note to her friends about her cancer. Sherry, what you wrote and the way you wrote it moved me beyond anything I expected. Bravo. Thinking about you today.
To all my fellow Rainier Writing Workshop Girls in the Class of 2014: Woot! We’re almost graduates! Sydney and Kari and Jen, thanks for representing at Carrie’s launch.
To all you readers of girl writers. THANK YOU. Keep doing that.
Cuz girls write good stories. Obviously.
Thanks yous alls for letting me spew out some love today. I had excess.
P.S. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the amazing writer girls in my life, so if you don’t see yourself here, don’t get all in a twitch or anything. These are just a few gals I’ve been thinking about lately. No bigs. I got plenty of love for you, too.