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Waiting to Give My Brother a Kidney

I am giving my brother one of my kidneys. Or rather, I’m waiting to my brother one of my kidneys. Since he first asked me if I meant it when I offered, as I have countless times over the years, I’m finding that waiting is the hardest part of this journey. And there’s far more waiting than I ever could have imagined. I’ve always known, on some level, that we’d get to this point. ...more
Oh, how I can relate to your story. I have a nephew who had a liver transplant in August. His ...more

What I'm Meant to Do

Everyone was just staring at me. I realized afterwards they were all engaged. No one was looking down, texting, checking messages. They were just sitting rock still, watching me. Listening hard, sometimes taking notes. ...more
What a wonderful article. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. And ...more

How to Write (Better): Painting With Words

June was the month I was going to kick it into gear and pull my new book WRINKLE together. I've done countless proposals up to this point. I know how to tell a story, create an effective arc, find eye-catching art and design a package people have to read. Don't necessarily buy, but read for sure. I used to love proposals -– it was almost a hobby at one point. But, those were for books far lighter than this one. ...more

This is one of the most perfect lines I've read all day: "But I know, deep down, that if I don't ...more