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Musings & Meanderings: Mindy Uhrlaub on hope, friendship & being a neatnick; a give-a-way for SPEAKING OF APRXIA, reading recommendations, calls for submissions, obsessions, more

By Leslie Lindsay

A curated newsletter on the literary life, featuring ‘4 questions,’ reading & listening recommendations, where to submit, more

Leslie Lindsay|Always with a Book


Hello, Friends!

I am in the process of doing some deep work. Some of which is about reflecting and thinking about next steps, wrapping up an end-of-an-era, being open to new ideas, people, and places in life. It’s sort of been a struggle, but what transformation isn’t?

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“Transformation isn’t sweet and bright. It’s a dark and murky, painful pushing. An unraveling of the untruths you’ve carried in your body. A practice in facing your own created demons. A complete uprooting, before becoming.”

Victoria Erickson

How’s it going? Respond here in a comment, or find me on InstagramTwitter, or Facebook.


~Leslie : )

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It’s a bittersweet end: my fabulous longtime publisher, Woodbine House, will be closing their doors in June. This is a pandemic-driven decision. Woodbine House has been churning out top special-needs resources for 37 years, including SPEAKING OF APRAXIA.

The good news? All of their books are 50%, while supplies last.

If you–or someone you know–could benefit from the book, the time is now.

What I’m Distracted By

  • Renee Gladman‘s PLANS FOR SENTENCES. In fact, all of her work makes me feel all tingly inside. Something about architecture and words and art colliding…yep, totally my jam. Find her on IG @prosearchitectures.
  • These basset hounds. Did you know we have one? I sort of think heaven is a warm space with a basket of bassets and calorie-free cake. With good icing. Which my bassett would lick. In fact, she’s right at my feet this very minute. Find these dudes and dudettes on IG @ozarksbassets.
  • Remember to find me, too. @leslielindsay1. I post cool stuff you might not get here. Just sayin.’

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NEW! Four Questions: A mini-interview series

Mindy Uhrlaub


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  1. Without responding in complete sentences, what would you say UNNATURAL RESOURCES is about?

Mindy Uhrlaub:

A young heroine who becomes a symbol of hope in the worst place in the world to be female. Making friends in hostile environments.  The love between a mother and a daughter. Girl power!

Get a copy HERE

2. Where did you write UNNATURAL RESOURCES? Do you have any special writing routines or rituals? Do they change with each project, or remain constant over time?

Mindy Uhrlaub:

I wrote the early drafts at home, when my sons were napping. I rewrote later versions at Ragdale for the Arts and at writers’ getaways to  Sonoma with my writing partners. I’m a neatnick, so have trouble focusing at a cluttered desk. Once my writing surface is clean, I’m good to go.

3. If you weren’t writing, you would be…

Mindy Uhrlaub:


4. What book did you recently read that you can’t stop thinking about?

Mindy Uhrlaub:

My book club recently read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. While it wasn’t my favorite book of all time, it really stuck with me.

Get your copy of Unnatural Resources HERE or where books are sold. Check out Mindy’s website for more information.

Recently-published Stuff You Might Have Missed:

  • “Breaking Ground,” by Leslie Lindsay, flash fiction in The Tiny Journal
  • “Making Space: Cicadas & My Mother,” by Leslie Lindsay, CNF in ANMLY

Calls for submission:

  • Longridge Review will open June 1 for the Barnhill Prize in CNF with Sonja Livingston judging.
  • The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open at Ploughshares until May 15. Submissions of poetry and prose are welcomed from writers who not yet published a book.
  • Creative Nonfiction’s True Story is open for submissions until May 15. This is a great place to find a home for longform pieces or standalone sections of a memoir-in-progress (5,000 to 10,000 words).
  • Boston Review is reading for its poetry and short story contests, with a free entry period until May 31 for writers in certain locations and/or writers facing economic hardship.
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Coming soon:

A conversation with Kim Adrian, author of TWENTY-SEVENTH LETTER OF THE ALPHABET to appear in The Florida Review. This one is unique from a structure and theme perspective.

Also! An interview with Marie Myung-Ok Lee in The Millions about her novel, THE EVENING HERO, available in May from Simon & Schuster.

Later: In Conversation with Maud Newton, author of the highly-anticipated ANCESTOR TROUBLE, to appear in Hippocampus Magazine, likely in May.

I’ll be sharing my published interviews here, on Wednesdays, after they’ve ‘gone live’ with their various publications. On Fridays, I’ll share any recent published fiction in this space as well.

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What I’m reading:

I just read and loved Danielle Henderson’s THE UGLY CRY, which is hilarious and tragic and empowering, all steeped in 1980s growing-up stuff, which I loved and related to immensely, although our stories are very different. Then! I started THE CHILDREN ON THE HILL by Jennifer McMahon, because: 1978 and houses and psychiatry and ghosts/monsters, and how all of that is so my heart.

What I’m listening to:

People. I’ve had a full social calendar of invites for lunch and coffee. It’s a ‘scrolling world’ these days; sometimes we just need a ‘real’ ear to bend, an old-fashioned cup of coffee, the human touch. Time. Undivided attention. Two humans sharing their hearts. I’ve done a lot of listening lately. It’s about hearing the subtext, the space between.

L.Lindsay archives.

In the meantime, catch me on:

Reviewing books and talking about them with others on-line and in-person is one small way to engage with & support the literary community.

Thank you for letting me guide you on your bookish journey.

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Let’s walk this bookish path together.


Some of you have been reading my reviews, interviews, and meanderings for more than a decade now. That’s huge and I am so humbled. Thanks for being here.

Connect with me on Instagram, and Twitter. See what I’m reading on Bookshop.org. Find my reviews on GoodReads. I’m also a Zibby Books Ambassador.

Learn more HERE.

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