Hello 2013

Hi, friends!

Sorry for the long absence. Happy almost-February. Good things are happening over here. January has turned out to be an excellent month in terms of freelance assignments, and I think/hope it’s just a sign of the awesomeness to come in 2013. I’m working on some fun pieces for magazines I’ve always wanted to break into. Fingers crossed it’ll all go off without a hitch. Stay tuned for more details to come…

I’m also working on a proposal for a new book I want to write — I’m super-psyched about that prospective project, but want to keep mum on the details for now. Hopefully there will be news I can share around that, too, sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Other updates:

  • I’m moving back to NYC (Brooklyn, obvs) this spring! I left NY for SF back in 2005,  and though I love the Bay Area, it’s just really really… FAR. I.e. far from my roots and my family & friends. I feel ready to be back on the East Coast again, at least for a while; who knows where I’ll end up in the long run.
  • I wrote a piece for Cosmopolitan magazine that was supposed to come out this month, but was held (sad-face) for a future issue. I’ll let you know when it comes out.
  • My apocalyptic pop-culture book, The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About…Before It’s Too Late, got nominated for a “Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers” by the American Library Association! Very cool.
  • I wrote this essay about my sugar addiction for The Fix. It got picked up by Salon, which always thrills me.
  • Back in August I wrote this piece about FOMO (“fear of missing out”) for TheFix. Then I wrote about sober friendships for them.
  • Wrote this piece about awesome female journalists for VitaminW.

That’s about it for now. More soon…

“Madonna & Me” Tumblr, Super Bowl, Frisky article, etc.

Some of you already know this, but I recently launched a Tumblr for Madonna & Me. It’s for fun random stuff: Madonna photos, quotes, and news about the book (duh). We’ve also got some really bright, fun animated Madonna GIFs  made by my talented media-maven friend Marisa.  And the Tumblr is open for submissions,  so please feel free to submit your own Madonna-centric thoughts and stories!  Do it now! You know you want to!

In other news, I couldn’t possibly have been a bigger fan of Madonna’s half-time performance at the Super Bowl. You? It was so smooth and seamless — she looked incredible and her performance was pretty much flawless, IMHO. I didn’t understand all the nitpicky commentary out there, but I guess haters will always hate, yeah?  Now check out my piece for The Frisky about why Madge was a perfect Super Bowl pick!

And here’s yet another reminder: go and buy Madonna & Me pronto. It’s about to sell out on Amazon! And it’s shipping now, so if you order it today you will get it in the mail supersoon. EXCITE. More soon…

New piece about internet addiction up at The Fix

Hola, my friends. (I think there may be all of one or two people reading this blog, but hey. Beggars can’t be choosers!)

I wanted to let you know I have a new article up at the wonderful, new-ish, addiction-focused web magazine TheFix.com. My piece is about internet addiction — more specifically social-media addiction, and whether recovering drug/alcohol addicts are more likely to become compulsive around their use of social networking sites.

Read it and then leave a comment!  It only has 2 comments so far, so it could use your love and affection.  Thanks!

Confession: I have another book coming out!

So, in my heaps of free time when I wasn’t working on Madonna & Me, I was working on another book! A nonfiction pop-culture book about the apocalypse!  Yes, I’m serious. It’s called The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About…Before It’s Too Late.  It’s out this July from awesome San Francisco publisher Zest Books. You can pre-order it here!  And I’ll give you more details later, but of course.

New piece up at XOJane

I’ve wanted to write for a Jane Pratt venture for a zillion years now. Like many women my age, I grew up with (read: was obsessed with) Sassy magazine as a pre-teen. It was so smart and so honest and so fun and so refreshingly non-condescending. I’m glad I finally got to write something — about  a sad subject: a guy I went out with who was later murdered — for Jane P.’s newish website XOJane. Check it out.