I used to play roller derby. As a blocker for the Denver Roller Dolls, my job was to crash into other people and remove them from the track so my jammer could skate through the pack and score points. I practiced the crashes day in and day out, learned to inure myself against the shock of running my body into another body at full speed. I became merciless. Huge, black bruises cropped up on my thighs, big ugly gorgeous flowers against my pale skin.

A few months ago, I was on vacation in San Diego when someone rear-ended my stopped >>>Read more<<<

📅18 April 2014 10 comments
Erin’s in Bitch Talking Banned Books


Why should you care about 2013′s most-challenged books? I weigh in for Bitch Media’s blog. >>>Read more<<<

📅17 April 2014 0 comments
Saying No


Hello, people-pleaser. It’s me, people-pleaser.

My mom will probably tell you that “no” was my earliest or favorite word, and maybe it’s true. But somewhere along the way, fear of saying no crept in. I developed a healthy adolescent fear of judgment, of hurting other people, of missing out, being punished, of disappointing others. Fear of sitting with the space that the word “no” creates in life, the boundary that is so strong it only takes a word of two letters to establish. And then I became a writer!

The writer’s life is full of no. Pre-publication, in fact, is >>>Read more<<<

📅03 April 2014 1 comment
Did I Kill Shirley Temple?

Shirleytemple_youngNews of the death of Shirley Temple Black is all around me today: on Facebook, on the news. It’s seemed to provoke minor jokes and bummed-out posts from my friends, but hasn’t made much of a splash.

Meanwhile, I’m wringing my hands over here and wondering if I killed Shirley Temple.

It’s kind of a long story, but Shirley was the heroine of my young days. She could sing! And dance! She was a Star! My grandma showed me her beloved Shirley Temple doll, tucked into her cedar chest as a treasured memento of her childhood. I almost wore out >>>Read more<<<

📅11 February 2014 0 comments
Why I’m Still Not Over Marie Curie

7879914224_e254fd0009_kXKCD is one of the few web comics I still follow (Hark, a Vagrant and Perry Bible Fellowship, I’m lookin’ at you), so imagine my excitement when I saw one of my all-time favorite heroines, Marie Curie, in a recent comic. (ETA: Apparently it wasn’t recent! I am expos’d!)

Oh, wait. Zombie Marie Curie is telling people not to use her as an example of a female scientist.

While the point of the comic is well taken (we should have a multifaceted history of women in science to draw from, of course Marie Curie wasn’t the only >>>Read more<<<

📅09 February 2014 2 comments