November 7, 2019

It seems WIX.com has made changes to their website/blog creation. I must now completely redo my blog per their new parameters. I'm not happy about it, but I don't want to start all over. So bear with me, readers, as I finish a draft of a novel for beta readers, complete several short essays, enter a humor contest, and spend Thanksgiving in New York where two toddlers are NOT going to let me sit at my laptop and recreate a blog. Ya know what I mean???

I'm hoping for the launch of the new creation at the new year. Hope you will join me then for...

August 25, 2019

I'm off to New York to see the family.  When I return I will be doing a whole new thing with my blog. Stay tuned! Have a nice end of the summer.

August 18, 2019

I’m starting to write my first novel and have been searching for the resource that could give me the right information in a form I could reference quickly. I have found the one that really works for me. The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel by Hallie Ephron – yes that Ephron of the prolific fiction and nonfiction writing family.

The title says the “Everything Guide” and as I flipped through the book, I kept saying to myself, She’s not kidding. This book does have everything. It covers all you will need to start and even to finish y...

August 11, 2019

Two summers ago, I fell on my face on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Luckily, I had one hand free to shield my face. But that hand didn’t escape injury. One nail broke open and my finger bled profusely. I didn’t even notice my skinned knees until later.

Now, I was in Brooklyn visiting with family. I had become more comfortable with Brooklyn crowds on a Saturday after a few years of visiting there, but I was still a Midwest suburban girl. I did not know what to expect on Flatbush Avenue that morning.

I lay there watching feet go by, wondering wha...

August 5, 2019

August 1, 2019 was my fourth anniversary of blogging.  I thought I would tell you what's happened since I retired from event planning and decided to become a writer.

On May 24, 2014, I started WWAAY – Women Writers of Ann Arbor/Ypsi, and continued to plan events:  meetings, conferences and readings with the help of an amazing volunteer crew. A writer’s group of five met every month for two and half years while all this was going on. What fun we had. But it did begin to be all consuming. Not much of our own writing was getting done. So, on May...

July 28, 2019

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I want to share a Good News Network article and video with you today. It’s called

“Man takes Mom on bucket list adventure as redemption for unappreciative younger years.”

The story of mother and son strikes a chord with me.  I was not the sweetest to my precious mom back in the day. I thought my parents were clueless-that is until I got married, had a breakdown, and got left with two babies and no home or job. Mom started looking quite a bit wiser then.

The video of Sian Pierre Regis and his 75-year-old mother, R...

July 21, 2019

 USA Today has a useful article on their blog this week about jigsaw puzzles and what they do for us. I love it because about October, 2018, I discovered jigsaw puzzles.

It all started with an article by Malcolm Gladwell in my Masterclass about how putting together a nonfiction essay is comparable to doing a jigsaw puzzle. “Malcolm likes to do jigsaw puzzles. And he likens his writing process to working on a puzzle. He makes the pieces fit, which brings him satisfaction in the same way finishing a puzzle does.” I’ve been fascinated with that...

July 14, 2019

Joan Didion has been an influence on my thinking since I began putting words to paper fifty years ago. In a sense, we have grown up together. As a Southern California native, I relate to her words about my home town – to the point of strong emotional reactions to her words in “The Los Angeles Notebook.” They reminded me that I had been transplanted, and I still deeply long to return to palm trees and even the Santa Ana winds.

I also remember that the day I read Slouching Towards Bethlehem at 25, I realized the bar for literary nonfi...

July 8, 2019

I’m about to launch into another series of beta reader requests for my new essays submissions due this summer. I thought a checklist of what I need from the beta reader and what that reader might need from me would be helpful - something for me to consult as I am sending out my requests.  These tips come from three years of working with beta readers of all skill levels. They have come to be the most important to me. I hope this list helps you as well. If you think of a vital additions to either list, please include them in the comments below...

July 1, 2019

FIVE WOMEN FIVE MEN

HUMOR WRITERS WHO KEEP ME LAUGHING

This week I want to honor humorists whose works have stood up over time and have become classics. Each gives us a unique and lasting look at what constitutes funny. I’ve chosen here my favorite works of theirs – ones I believe represent their genius.

Erma Bombeck         At Wit’s End

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.”

Firoosah Dumas        Funny in Farsi

“I was a VIP, a V...

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