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I love Pub Day—I Hate Pub Day Photos

Pub day is like a birthday. It comes every year at the same time, so readers know to expect it. You make lists of what you want and lists of what you hope. You wait for it … wait for it … wait for it. Then, finally, it’s here. You’re a year older. But you have a new book, new cover, new sales goal. You may also have a new [...]

By |2018-06-22T16:54:06+00:002018|Blog, photography|2 Comments

Four Reasons Why I Listen to Classical Music

I never used to. Well, I did occasionally, but it wasn’t my go-to station when I was in the car.  I mean, I’ve always appreciated classical music. I just never before needed it as much as I do now. What changed? Donald Trump came to power. That single happening has been so loud, so ugly, so divisive, that I need a break from the continual national noise. Sure, I could listen to pop music, [...]

By |2018-04-22T18:51:12+00:002018|Blog, Life|5 Comments

These Are MY Reasons For Spring Cleaning

Are you into this? Such a cliché, the expression “spring cleaning," and I never consciously set out to do it. But here I am, again this March as I do every March, sorting through unnecessary paper on my desk, disposing of expired food in my pantry, weeding winter-weary clothes from my closet. I tell myself that as the days get longer, it’s just an issue of my having an excess [...]

By |2018-03-14T17:30:19+00:002018|Blog|9 Comments

This is Why I’m Sweating the Start of a New Book

  Who said writing a book is easy? I’ll tell you who. The man who sold me my first computer. I had been writing genre fiction at the time, and when I explained to him what that was, he said, “Ah-ha, this computer will make it easy. A few clicks and you can change names, eye color, and places – and, presto, you have a new book.” How wrong he [...]

By |2018-03-14T09:43:54+00:002018|Blog, writing|11 Comments

Is listening to audiobooks cheating?

I didn’t always listen to audiobooks.  I’m very much a visual person, who needs a map in my hand.  When it comes to books, I like to hold them.  I like being able to skip back and forth when I’m confused.  I even like being able to read the ending before I reach it, so that I can focus on the process rather than worry about how it ends.  Bottom [...]

By |2018-01-25T14:32:02+00:002017|Blog|11 Comments

I’m incubating …

Incubating.  What does that mean, someone recently asked.  This person had first asked if I was taking a break, now that my new book is finished and in production.  Lord, no, I said.  Writing is what I do.  It’s what I think about when I’m up the creek without a paddle – e.g., in the dentist’s waiting room, in the supermarket checkout line, or lying awake at two in the [...]

By |2018-01-28T07:50:02+00:002017|Blog|15 Comments

Give me back my Internet!

An awful thing happened yesterday.  At two in the afternoon, I lost my Internet connection.  Oh, my Wifi still had full signal, but Comcast was not reaching it. This wasn’t a total surprise.  I’d been hearing trucks outside my window during the few hours preceding that and figured work was being done in the neighborhood.  So I waited a few minutes, then tried again.  Nothing.  I waited a little longer, [...]

By |2017-08-11T05:00:15+00:002017|Blog|10 Comments

The art of the apology

“I’m sorry,” she said in horror. Embarrassed, she said, “I’m really sorry.” “I am so, so sorry,” she said with heartfelt regret. I write these words in my books all the time.  In fact, I’m about to write a pivotal scene in Making Up in which apologies are key.  It’s between mother and daughter, Margaret and Mackenzie, ages 60 and 38 respectively, and they’ve been estranged for nearly five years.  [...]

By |2017-03-30T05:00:00+00:002017|Blog|3 Comments

A Woman's Place

I remain devastated by the recent election, in part for how it relates to being a woman.  Much has been said about the message Hillary Clinton’s loss sends to young girls.  But what about me?  What about other women my age?  What about the message her loss sends to us? I’ve always worked.  From the time of my college graduation, which coincided with my now almost 50-years-long marriage, I held [...]

By |2017-03-08T08:00:13+00:002017|Blog|20 Comments

Confessions of a chronic dieter

I was a pudgy child, or so I saw myself.  Others may have called me solid.  One boy friend told me I wasn't fat, just well-packed – like this was what a teenage girl wanted to hear from a guy she wanted to date? I have been thinking of food all my life.  Seriously.  I don't need a shrink to tell me that food fills emotional holes.  The first one [...]

By |2016-12-30T05:00:08+00:002016|Blog|9 Comments