Category Archives: Fluff

To my future mother in law on the occasion of my impending wedding,

We chose a theme today. You don’t keep in touch too often, but even if you had you might have missed the significance of that one so no harm done so far. This week, we crossed a significant hurdle in the progress of my divorce. My ex-husband and I had some tax debts that would […]

Righteous ecofeminist takedown

In my Women’s literature class, all of the books we read had ecofeminist themes. Obviously I got an A. I know. I can’t help it. Even though the class is over, it got me thinking about ecofeminism.  I read a few articles about it and the widest criticism I can find is that the narrative […]

Disorganized thoughts on the Zimmerman trial from a white person to whom you should not be listening.

I wish I had been surprised last night when the verdict came through Not Guilty, but I wasn’t. The last time I was surprised was 13 months ago, when I learned that not only had George Zimmerman not been arrested immediately, but he’d managed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from his supporters. In […]

How to be -positive

As a lot of people know, I’ve been blogging semi-regularly since 2005, but this is the first blog I’ve ever had about books and writing.  I used to blog about feminism, gender equality, breastfeeding and associated activism, women’s issues in parenting, queer issues, and sundry politics.  I gave up on it simply because after a […]

I know you’re all wondering how my Sims are doing…

In the process of writing Failure to Thrive, I spent three months in front of my computer.  Three.  Months.  For several hours each day, I would glue my substantial ass to one office chair or another and write.  On most days, I wrote over two thousand words and then deleted a third to a half […]

My name is Heather McNamara and I am a Women’s Lit Author.

Maybe even a Chick Lit author.  Oh my god.  I had to admit it to myself.  This was harder than admitting I’m gay. This isn’t the way I thought I would turn out.  My whole life, I knew I would be the next author to address life’s Big Questions with low fantasy as a medium […]

This is going in my book: quotes from Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher’s syndicated column was “retired” today, wink, nudge.  For those of you not in the know, Maggie is the founder of the National Organization for Marriage, the driving force behind almost every anti-marriage equality movement out there.  She is not, however, the most vulgar opponent of marriage equality.  Resisting the temptation to make arguments […]

This is going in my book: quote from my eldest

I don’t know how, and I don’t know when or which book or what it’ll be about, but when somebody says something poignant or ridiculous sometimes I know it just has to go in a book someday.  Today, our contributor is my eldest son.  We were driving on a toll road over a lake known […]