The Writing Life

A (temporary?) disruption in service

by Jessie K on April 11, 2014

I’m going to share something today that’s been on my mind for awhile. My motivation for my blog has been slipping lately and I’m not sure what to do about it. The reason is fairly obvious: I’m home alone with Katie all day (June is at preschool) and Katie is shaping up to be a […]


I’m back!

by Jessie K on April 8, 2014

We’re back from Florida! We were there because I’d been invited to give a talk at the 34th Annual Author Luncheon in Daytona, an event organized by the local library board, and more than 100 people showed up. I’ve never given a talk to a crowd of that size, but I wasn’t nervous, surprisingly. I’ve […]


My reading list, 2013

by Jessie K on January 3, 2014

I try to read something at all times but this year was a wash out. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, my brain glazed over and all I could handle was thumbing through magazines like Country Living or House Beautiful. 2013: The year of serious home decor porn. But here are the […]


A power lunch – finally!

by Jessie K on November 25, 2013

I was invited to an informal lunch over the weekend hosted by local NPR reporter-slash-superstar Martha Woodruff (I swear, this woman knows everyone….and her first book publishes this August!) to tout NPR National Arts Reporter Neda Ulaby who was in the area giving a talk at James Madison University for WMRA. It was so great […]


7 things to never talk about

by Jessie K on November 12, 2013

This American Life had a great segment this weekend about a woman Maria Matthiessen who is a stickler about how things should be done. She has inherited a set of seven rules — passed down from a French woman whose own mother passed them down to her (naturally, leave it to the French!) — about […]


What’s with all the druggie pop songs?

by Jessie K on November 8, 2013

Referencing drug usage in song lyrics is nothing new (“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” basically every Lou Reed song ever recorded) but there seems to be an epidemic of narcotic obsession in current pop music. Lady Gaga (almost unrecognizable in the photo above) wails about a love she needs more than stimulants in her […]


The Book of Jezebel

by Jessie K on October 22, 2013

My good friend Anna Holmes, founder of the insanely popular website for women Jezebel – which 30 Rock‘s Liz Lemon once described as a “really cool feminist website where women talk about how far they’ve come and which celebrities have the worst beach bodies” (ha, ha!), just published (along with plenty of contributors) The Book of […]


Books to read while nursing

by Jessie K on October 16, 2013

I’m trying to think of what books to stack up on in preparation for the new baby. I’m not talking about parenting books or baby books (zzzz) but riveting page turners that will keep me alert and awake during those painful late night feedings. When June was an infant, I plowed through the Girl with […]


Dealing with a professional setback

by Jessie K on October 2, 2013

The other week at my book club, we were all sitting around our host’s lovely home enjoying our drinks and cheese and discussing the month’s pick (Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan) when one of the club members asked , “So Jessie, what’s going on with your latest book?” I could feel my face turn beet […]


Finding the perfect word

by Jessie K on June 6, 2013

My all time favorite application on my computer is the dictionary. I use it every single day. Looking up words — even words I already know the meaning of — gives me a sort of secret thrill (NERD ALERT!). I use the thesaurus a lot too in my writing. I love trying to pinpoint le mot […]