Author Archives: kirstincm

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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Morrissey and graveyards: guest post by Rachael Hanel

I met Rachael Hanel way back when–like WAY back when–when I was new to Mankato and she was new to my husband’s forensics team.  As soon as I met her, I thought, “This woman is a force to be reckoned … Continue reading

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Guest blog post: Shelley Tougas on shifts between genres

  Friends, you need to make the acquaintance of Shelley Tougas.  She is wonderful in many ways, also very wise, and she writes in many genres, which contributes to her wiseness.  She is also the award-winning author of Little Rock … Continue reading

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The 12 Gifts of YA, #12: joy

BEAUTIFUL MUSIC hits it big! See this gold record?  It’s BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN and my Sisters In Ink (my writing group) gave it to me.  Know what I felt when I opened this gift?  Pure joy.   See … Continue reading

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The 12 Gifts of YA, #11: solitude

Welcome to the final gifts of the 12 Gifts of YA! Writing is an activity that can happen anywhere, right?  At coffee shops (absolutely), writers’ retreats (I like those too), and kitchen tables (sure thing)—all those times are great, because … Continue reading

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