23 Years After Her New Yorker Story, an Author Publishes Her Book

To my friends in the blogging world: I haven’t disappeared forever. But I”m not quite back yet. Since we last spoke, I’ve nearly completed the second pass of my first draft of “Fault Lines”, I’ve found a wonderful editor, and I’ve submitted fifteen pages to an agent.  I won’t say they were 15 great pages; in fact I’m not even sure they were good. But they have been submitted and she has promised a critique.

On Wednesday, I will attempt to bring back my Weekly Brief, and will catch-up on my Twitter Authors page. I look forward to reconnecting and perhaps, if I find more courage, I’ll share a bit of my fiction.

I’m reblogging this following post, because it gives hope to writers and authors, and because the woman’s life is story-book interesting. I hope you enjoy it.


Sari Botton | Longreads | February 2015 | 14 minutes (3,683 words)

Ed. note: Katherine Heiny will be in conversation with Sari Botton at McNally Jackson in New York on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

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In the fall of 1992, I found myself very much affected by “How to Give the Wrong Impression,” a short story in the September 21 issue of The New Yorker about a twentysomething psych grad student who’s trying hard to seem satisfied keeping things platonic between her and her handsome roommate.

To begin with, I had a lot in common with the protagonist, more than I’d have wanted to admit at the time. I was in my twenties, too—27 to be exact—newly divorced from the second person I’d ever so much as dated, and most importantly, I was very busy trying to seem satisfied keeping things platonic with a rakish “friend.”…

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Enjoy reading, writing, hiking, hangin' with family, friends and my dogs, watching soccer (Go Breakers), baseball, football. Favorite foods are coffee, chocolate, and artichokes. Always thinking of new stuff to do and then not doing it.
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