Monthly Archives: March 2012

Novelist as shrink

So I’m re-reading Sweet Salt Air and seeing remarks about my characters’ emotional baggage.  Take this brief excerpt.  Charlotte, the main voice in Sweet Salt Air, is trying to explain to her BFF Nicole why she has never married. “What terrifies me,” Charlotte said in a measured way, speaking from the heart as she couldn’t with anyone else, “is falling hard, getting hurt, and having to put my life back [...]

By |2012-03-29T05:00:33+00:002012|Blog|2 Comments

A watershed moment for SWEET SALT AIR

I do try to blog several times a week, but it’s been ten days since my last post, and you loyal readers have Sweet Salt Air to blame.  I’ve reached a critical point in the book – three hundred pages done, with the final climactic hundred ready to go.  But … but … but … Several sticking points.  First, there’s a medical angle to this story, and though I’ve been [...]

By |2012-03-23T11:31:07+00:002012|Blog|8 Comments

Why do I blog?

Let me make one thing clear.  I don’t blog to express a political opinion.  As a novelist, my taking a stand on anything political or religious is disastrous.  When I talked here last week about civil discourse, it was to vent not about what we say but how we say it. So there you go – one reason why I blog.  I blog to vent about something, be it civil [...]

By |2012-03-14T05:00:26+00:002012|Blog|14 Comments

Why is everyone talking at once?

Call me old fashioned, but I want to hear what other people have to say, which is why I hate it when I hear voices talking over each other.  It’s disrespectful.  It’s impolite.  It’s deafening. But, of course, that’s the point.  Those voices don’t want to hear other voices.  They think theirs is the only voice that matters.  It’s the only one that’s right. Did I peg it?  Is this [...]

By |2012-03-09T05:00:16+00:002012|Blog|5 Comments

The how-to of collecting maple sap

Have you ever had pure maple syrup?  Once you have, the other never quite works for you again.  Pure maple syrup is deep in color, rich in taste, goes down slowwwww-ly, and lingers wherever it lands.  It is sweet without containing the kinds of processed sugars we’re told to avoid, which makes it a super treat. I’m a native New Englander.  My first childhood memories of pure maple anything were [...]

By |2012-03-05T05:00:07+00:002012|Blog|3 Comments

A glow-in-the-dark passie? You've got to be kidding.

Let me be clear.  I hate the look of a pacifier in a child’s mouth – hated it when my kids were little, hate it now that their kids are little.  I like seeing that little mouth and hate having it hidden.  I also like the convenience of a thumb.  Pop it in, take it out and smile without worry of dropping it on the supermarket floor. That said, I [...]

By |2012-03-02T05:00:41+00:002012|Blog|4 Comments