Brett Paesel

I am the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, "Mommies Who Drink, Sex, Drugs, and Other Distant Memories of an Ordinary Mom." My work has appeared in many national publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, and Self, More, and Parents magazines. I have developed television shows for HBO, ABC, Fox, Comedy Central, WB, Lifetime, and Nick at NIte. 

What Would Gloria Steinem Wear to a Writers' Retreat?

I wrote my packing list for my two-week writers' residency a month before I was set to leave. The residency at Hedgebrook is only for women and since I am a mother of two boys, I was somewhat unnaturally excited about being around all that female energy for a change. I was going to Hedgebrook with the express purpose of finishing the chapter outline for my new memoir, but it was time alone and with the other women that occupied all of my thoughts. ...more