Mara Wilson Writes Stuff

Hi. My name is Mara. Sometimes I write stuff.

Category: Bloggy

Me and My Saltines

Hey, emetophobes! Maybe don’t read this. Eat some Saltines instead. So let me explain my deep, abiding love for America’s favorite soda cracker. Saltines, to me, are more than a cracker. They are a lifesaver. It’s a bold statement, I know, and one that makes even less sense to those who grew up outside of […]

Answers For My Younger Self

Dear Young Mara, Hey, you! It’s me, you at twenty-seven. I’m here to tell you one of your biggest dreams is coming true: you’re going to be an author! Congratulations! It’s finally happening. While I’m here, though, is there anything you want to know? Yes, you can ask anything. Yes, I’m going to answer your questions like […]

Updates, and a Note on Night Vale

So, once again, it’s been a while. But can you blame me? (Well, I guess you couldn’t, but don’t.) I’ve been busy. First, I’m promoting and performing my storytelling and comedy show What Are You Afraid Of? It’s all about fears and phobias, dealing with them, and laughing at them. If you are in the […]

Mara’s Kitchen #12, or The Stinging Smoothie

I make really good chocolate chip cookies. After years of trying different recipes, I have finally found one that yields delicious, chewy cookies just like my mom used to make. My cupcakes aren’t bad, either, and I’ve been teaching myself how to make gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan baked treats for my friends with dietary restrictions […]

A Request and a Warning

When I first started dating my ex-boyfriend Algernon, he said, “I should tell you, sometimes I need a little time to myself.” He was a good-natured, philosophical mathematician (read: a nerd), and every now and then he needed time to be alone to read or write or just to think. I immediately heaved a sigh […]

Mara’s Kitchen #8: How To Smash a Glass Bottle of Olive Oil all Over Your Kitchen And Spend the Next Three Hours Cleaning It Up!

Welcome back to Mara’s Kitchen! Last time, I showed you How to Toast Bread in a Toaster Oven. (For those who missed it, the trick is to switch the setting from “Bake” to “Toast!”) Today, I was going to show you How to Make Cereal, but I’m switching it up a bit. Here is How […]

Top Girl: The Game for Everyone!

When I was ten years old, a company called Purple Moon (in keeping with the rule that any company with a female target audience needs to work in a reference to the moon at some point) had just developed a series of computer games for preteen girls. They were simple story games set in middle […]