Alise Wright

Alise is married to her best friend and mom to four incredible kids. She enjoys writing, knitting, playing in her cover band, and eating soup. She is the editor of Not Alone: Stories of Living with Depression (October 2011) and Not Afraid: Stories of Finding Significance (August 2012) with Civitas Press. She blogs regularly at www.alise-write.com

What is Your Confidence Wig?

There are days when we all need a little help -- a confidence boost. When we are in a situation that makes us nervous or anxious a little thing can make big difference. Jenny Lawson has found things that help deal with her anxiety disorder. She documents many of these in her memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, and one of my favorites is something that we can all do in our own way -- confidence wigs. ...more
I like the false bravado sort of thing. I don't usually have a difficult time in social ...more

Bowls Versus Trash Cans

When you begin sharing your life with someone, you discover differences in family traditions. Sometimes they are foreseeable and other times they take you by surprise. Jenny Lawson recounts many of these in her memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, including the time she discovered she had been sitting on couches wrong....more
Definitely a trashcan. Could never quite figure out how people could contain everything (and the ...more

What's Your Favorite Funny Childhood Memory?

In between laughing at Jenny Lawson's recounting of her childhood memories in her memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, I found myself comparing it to my own childhood. We didn't have raccoons in the bathtub, but my uncle totally had a raccoon for awhile. Alas, no one thought to make it jams. It did make me remember a few other childhood memories, particularly those involving wild animals....more
It was very traumatic when it happened, but it's a favorite story to tell now, so it must be ...more

Seven Blogging Lessons in Seven Blogging Years

I recently celebrated seven years of blogging. In seven years, I’ve learned a couple of things about this process.  Here are seven lessons about blogging that I’ve learned over the past seven years. ...more
@Kelli Martinelli  Absolutely - fear is not your friend. Sorting out good sense on when ...more

Seven Blogging Lessons in Seven Blogging Years

I recently celebrated seven years of blogging. In seven years, I’ve learned a couple of things about this process.  Here are seven lessons about blogging that I’ve learned over the past seven years. ...more
@wdolderer I totally agree. There will be some negative feedback that is worth considering, but ...more

Isn't This Funny? A List of "Ugly" Feminists Including Jessica Valenti

This week the website Return Of Kings (which I had never heard of, but I’m sure is super important and relevant) published their list of The 9 Ugliest Feminists in America. My first thought was: What, they couldn’t find one more ugly feminist in order to round it out to an even ten? My second thought was: I wonder which pictures of me they chose for their post? Everyone knows that I am at least the third ugliest feminist in North America. ...more
This is absolutely brilliant. Thanks for the rage and then the laugh. Fantastic.more

Protecting You From Yourselves

One of things I loved the most about Jessica Spostwood's Born Wicked is that it is an alternate history. I find alternate history novels fascinating and I loved how she tweaked around the real history of the witch trials for her book. In Spotswood's story, New England is ruled by the Brothers, a religious organization that is ruled by men who fear women having power....more
I don't follow rules all that well, so I would probably have been considered a witch by the ...more

Living With the Consequences

For every choice there is a consequence. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not. In Jessica Spotswood's Born Wicked, Cate thought that she was doing the right thing by trying to keep her sisters out of the public eye. It turned out by not being in public she might well have exposed them all to greater suspicion. ...more
I generally make big decisions with the input of those close to me. I have found that if I make ...more

Born That Way

In Jessica Spostwood's Born Wicked, Cate tries really hard to deny that she and her sisters are witches. Her society has told her that they are wicked and dangerous. She's tried not using her magic and that just caused it to leap out, uncontrolled, at unfortunate times. She uses it just enough to keep it in control but the magic wants out. It wants to be used and she can't completely stop it....more
I'm a good musician. For a long time I was nervous about saying that, but the truth is, I'm good ...more

Do You Know Your Inner Wild Girl?

I tend to think that more adult responsibilities we get and the more grown-up we act, the more we lose our childlike enthusiasm for things. Some people might argue that's a good thing, but I don't agree. I think there's a lot to be said for maintaining our joie de vivre. It made me sad to see Cate's inner wild girl retreat farther and farther away from the surface in Jessica Spotswood's Born Wicked. ...more
I'm not sure that I have much of an inner wild girl. If she exists, it's mostly to just say that ...more