Author Archives: kirstincm

Gabe’s words/my words: losing Prince (1958-2016)

(This series of Prince photos–at maybe 19?–are complete treasures. Look them up.) The first time I heard a Prince song, I was 14, and it was probably “1999.”  But the one that hit me most was “Little Red Corvette.”  I … Continue reading

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Mom IRL, kid on the page

***This post may make no sense to anyone but me. And yes, my kid knows I wrote it.  He’s letting me post it because, and I quote, “No one reads your blog anyway.”  Fair enough. In real life, I’m the … Continue reading

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“Success:” a pep talk

    I really dislike the word “success.”  I am super not interested in having people measure my “success,” but it happens ALL THE TIME–it’s a service society offers for free, bless its heart. Of course, when you’re busting your … Continue reading

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The unwinnable fight, or a long response to “How are you?”

                  Dear E: You’re probably going to be sorry you asked how I am, but since I know you have an empathetic heart, I’m going to tell you. Because I took these … Continue reading

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Transgender Lives: backstory and new resources

Here’s the publisher’s blurb for our (this book is a village!) new book Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices, out in September 2014: Meet Katie, Hayden, Dean, Brooke, David, Julia, and Natasha. Each is transgender, and in this book, they … Continue reading

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#MyWritingProcess blog tour

Friends!  This week I’m participating in the #MyWritingProcess blog tour, and my friend and fellow writing group member Rachael Hanel got me involved in it.  Thank you, Rachael!  Side note:  if you haven’t read We’ll Be The Last Ones To … Continue reading

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love, cispeople, and 41%

Valentine’s Day is a made-up holiday to get people to buy shit so we can demonstrate we love each other.  Hahahahaha.  Yeah.  No.   The goal of life is to love people for who they are, where they are, as they … Continue reading

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Stories that are More

When is a story More than itself?  This question intrigues me.  CAN a story be More than itself?  I think so.  A story is always More when someone reads it, since the author and the reader are collaborating to make … Continue reading

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Virtual reading to celebrate the Lambda Literary Awards–please join us!

Four Minnesota authors who are finalists for the national Lambda Literary Award will be holding their local reading online using Google Hangout’s On Air feature. Readers can tune in from anywhere in the world and attend this live event or … Continue reading

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Rubber(s) and the road

He comes up next to me, opens his arms and says, “Give me a hug.” Because I am his mom, I do. And he shoves my head in his armpit, which makes both of us laugh until we can’t talk. … Continue reading

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