Since 2016, I've made a "commitment" at the beginning of each year to read fifty books. And if you assumed that I put that word in quotes because I haven't managed to fulfill my promise to myself, you are correct. This year it's been particularly difficult for me to focus on reading whole books. Between … Continue reading Season of Reading
Those who follow me here may know that I run a website called Adoptee Reading that catalogs books on adoption either written by or recommended by adopted people. I've had some ideas rolling around in my mind lately for how I might try to expand on the site, which I hope to be able to … Continue reading The Value of the Written Word
There's something very satisfying about opening a box fill with copies of your own book. It's the culmination of many months of thinking and writing and worrying and revising. Now, here it is, a physical product ready to be sent out into the world. It's especially satisfying--and doubly scary--to also be the publisher of said … Continue reading It’s Here!
Thanks for asking. Lyrical and informative, An Adoptee Lexicon is a glossary of adoption terminology from the viewpoint of an adult adoptee. Contemplating religion, politics, science, and human rights, Karen Pickell, who was born and adopted in the late 1960s, intersperses personal commentary and snippets from her own experience with history and statistics pertaining to … Continue reading What’s It About?
I'm a bit late in sharing this here due to Hurricane Irma, but I'm still smiling about having a short essay of mine called "Does It Matter If I Never Publish My Memoir?" published on the Brevity blog. Thank you, Allison Williams! For those unfamiliar, Brevity is an online journal featuring flash creative nonfiction. Check … Continue reading Small but Mighty Fine