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Essays, Short Stories, and Humor


Gail Gauthier: The Collected Essays

bullet Their Times and Ours at Ellemeno, August 30, 2023.  It’s not a great idea for contemporary writers to model their work on well-known writers from the past.

bullet Mac and Me at Kitchen Tales, February 8, 2023.  Another eating essay. I may have to consider giving these their own section on this page. This was inspired by the text I mention in the first paragraph.

bullet Julia Powell and the World of Blogging at Feedium, November 5, 2022.  Julie Powell and I started blogging the same year.  The similarities end there.

bullet Blackened Pans in The Bigger Picture, May 17, 2022. A personal essay that includes both eating and books.

bullet We Are All Going To Die, In Case You Weren't Feeling Enough Time Pressure in Feedium, Jan. 6, 2022. This was a formal book review, rather than the reader response type posts I do at Original Content. It involved a book I’d used for a number of time management posts there.

bullet A Minimalist's Christmas at The Bigger Picture, Dec. 6, 2021. I really did get the idea for this after deciding not to buy something for my kids.  I did the first draft a couple of years ago.

bullet Slow Down, You Write Too Fast self-published at Medium, Nov. 30, 2021. This was an attempt to rework a blog post from Original Content.

bullet Still Another Story About The Medium Writers Challenge self-published at Medium, Oct. 23, 2021. Medium ran a writers’ challenge last year, which I took part in. A number of people published essays on the challenge, so I went ahead and did one, too.

bullet What We Did There at Tell Your Story, Aug. 20, 2021. This was one of my two submissions for the writers challenge mentioned above. It is also one of a series of "black belt essays" I've written over the years about my experience as a taekwondo student. I had done a draft for a workshop the year before, and used the structure I'd learned there for it, as well as the feedback I received. So we’re talking workshopping, folks. I workshopped something.

bullet Enough at Kitchen Tales, Aug. 11, 2021. My second submission for the writers challenge. I started this at least a year earlier. Since I am interested in writing about eating, I was pleased to get an opportunity to finish and publish it.

bulletHeroes at Bending Genres, June 11, 2018. A flash memoir that also happens to be a dog story.

bulletMy Bread Loaf at The Millions, Aug. 8, 2011. A memoir-like piece about my experience working in the kitchen at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.

bulletBurned at The Millions, Aug. 18, 2010.  Here you can read about how things were going with my career a while back and learn that I know too much about one particular TV show.

bulletMom Memory at Literary Mama, Aug., 2007. My attempt to reconcile my life as a mother with my life as a martial arts student.

bulletGirl Deficiency in The Horn Book, Sept./Oct., 2007, Vol. 83 Issue 5, p 538.  This short essay, not available on-line, was written for The Horn Book's special issue on how gender affects reading.

bulletA Night at the Dojang at VerbSap, 2005. The first of what I think of as the Black Belt Essays, mainly because at my taekwondo school we had to write an essay every time we tested for a new black belt level. This was not one of mine.

bulletWhose Community? Where is the "YA" in YA Literature in English Journal, Vol. 91, Number 6, July, 2002.  Sample my article on young adult readers. 

Gail Gauthier: The Collected Short Stories

bullet The Mother Suite at Literary Mama, November, 2022.

bulletFears That We May Cease To Be at The Blue Nib Literary Magazine, May, 2020.  A screen capture from Blue Nib's website before it ceased to be.

bullet Rosemary and Olive Oil at Alimentum, January, 2013.  Another screen capture from Alimentum via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine since Alimentum has also ceased to be.
bulletHow Mom Saved the Planet in Cricket Magazine, May, 1993, Vol. 20, N. 9
bulletThe Mystery of the Ring-Tailed Cat in Cricket Magazine, Oct., 1983, Vol. 11, N. 2


Gail Gauthier: The Collected Humor Writing

bullet Useful French Phrases for Madame Keith's World Languages Class at Slackjaw, January 30, 2024.  Yes, I have been studying French moi-mÍme for a while.

bullet Some Thoughts Regarding Your 800 Page Submission About A Couple Of Bad Marriages at Jane Austen's Wastebasket, October 26, 2023.   Honestly, I have read Middlemarch.  I was recovering from surgery and couldn't go anywhere.

bullet Job Specifications For Position As Our Child at Frazzled, August 8, 2023.  Being upfront about what’s expected of children before they accept a position with a family would improve job and employer satisfaction. A lot.

bullet The Best Moments For A Sex Scene During A Thriller at The Belladonna Comedy, June 2, 2023.  Save myself in this dire situation or drop everything and have sex? In movies/TV/books, characters usually choose the second option.

bullet The Trick To Writing Stellar Book Submission Letters at Greener Pastures, May 18, 2023.  If you have been submitting book-length manuscripts to traditional agents and editors, and if you have been reading untold numbers of articles on how to do it, and if you have been attending workshops on the subject, and if you have been reading agent bios and wishlists…well, if you have been doing all that, this will sound familiar to you.

bullet Some Thoughts On Your Request That I Start Helping Out Around Here at Frazzled, April 25, 2023.  So one day I asked a young family member what she could do every day to help Mommy and Daddy, and she said, “Give them hugs.” I was unmoved, and that was the beginning of this piece.

bullet Five Goodreads Stars Because Tipper Taft Sinclair Is A Freaking Goddess! at Greener Pastures, March 3, 2023.  I really liked Tipper. I could read a whole book about her and how she plans and cooks meals.

bullet You Are The Parents Of Sixth Graders. Act Like It. at Frazzled, June 2, 2022.  Yes, I did chaperone a few too many field trips when my kids were young.

bullet There's Not Going To Be A St. John The Baptist Day Parade This Year, Eli at The Haven, May 31, 2022.  My family is on of the few in the United States that celebrates this holiday.  Once we had a bouncy house!

bullet Your Guide To Finding The Perfect Church at The Haven, May 2, 2022.  This piece began life long ago as a wry, David Sedaris-type essay with very little coffee.  I should be upfront and say that I don't drink coffee.

bulletLiving in Nature at Slackjaw, Feb. 18, 2022. This is another example of a shell form, the shell being a class unit. I worked on this for two months while on weekly hikes.

bullet Your Child Has Been Exposed To COVID...Again. UPDATE: Do Whatever You Want! at Frazzled, Feb. 9, 2022. This was difficult to write. Repeating UPDATE and including text with strikethroughs helped a lot.

bullet I'm More Altruistic Than You Are at The Haven, Dec. 14, 2021.  This is an example of a shell form, the shell being a text conversation between two people.
bullet Daddy Is Watching The Olympics Again at Frazzled, Aug. 3, 2021.  And, kids, next winter you get to spend weeks of your life watching the Olympics again but with snow!
bullet Relieve Your Anxiety NOW! at The Haven, June 16, 2021.  Yes, I have been to a couple of meditation workshops. No, they weren't like this.
bullet My Child Doesn’t Watch YouTube and Yours Shouldn’t, Either at Frazzled, Feb. 3, 2021.  Humor from the toddler trenches.
bullet Dear Pastor Bill at The Haven, Dec. 2, 2020.  Communion Sundays during the pandemic...wow.
bullet Well, How Many Masks Have You Made? at Medium, May 25, 2020. I've made over a hundred of these things. I've given up counting.

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