Restating the Obvious, One Blog Post at a Time

Hi. I’m Amy Bronwen Zemser.

My web designer told me that people surfing the internet need to know my message.  Otherwise they will go away.

I told him that he was very uptight, and that when people come to my page they will know instantly that I have absolutely nothing useful to offer them whatsoever.

I’m a writer, so my job is to provide you with stories. Unlike my books, stories on my website are shorter or serialized. These stories may come to you in the form of poetry and song, but certainly they will not. I’ve also got lots of pictures, in case you are the kind of reader that needs visual aids (like me). I’ve also got a podcast in the works, too.  

Writing is lonely, insular work, and if you can’t connect with your readers, you’re just a little raft in a big blue ocean, sobbing softly until the sharks arrive. This site is the place where I woo you, where I draw you in with all of the things that fascinate me, the things that I like to write about, all the while praying that what cracks me up will crack you up, too. Or sob softly, as the case may be.  

I love picture books, and I’ve reviewed a ton of them , but I also write personal essays about coming out, being a gay parent, being a parent more generally, and how to get along with your relatives. I write about root canals and how much I hate Phyllis Schlafly, although I think she may be dead at this point. If you’re a card-carrying member of Focus on the Family, you probably won’t care for me much, but too bad for you, because now you won’t get the free recipe for ambrosia salad that comes with signing on to my website. 

Here are a few other topics you might find at

People tell me that I am very funny, but when they laugh it is excruciatingly painful.

I have written a few books. You can see them here. I’m working on a memoir, too. You can read parts of that here. I got a podcast in the works, too, so stay tuned. 

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  1. Patrick Pierce says:

    Friend of a friend (of a friend) – loved the intro and looking forward to more. -Patrick

    • Hi Patrick!

      Tell me how we are connected. I must know or I will die. Thank you for being the first to deflower my new blog, by the way. It might mean that we are married now, but only in NY, with rights that aren’t portable.

  2. Lena Asadov says:

    I think I need ESL all over again to learn some new words you use…you didn’t teach me this stuff in 6th grade…

  3. You’re the best and so intellectual! Cousin Kenney

  4. Cousin Amy,I think Ann Coulter would love you because to know you is to love you. Cousin Kenney

    • Cousin Kenney, I don’t think Ann Coulter would like me at all, but you are a sweetheart to say so. Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you are doing well. Please come see us soon in NY. We love you very much! ABZ

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