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+00:00 2018|Blog|8 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+00:00 2017|Blog|15 Comments

How to pick the right title for a book?

If I knew the answer to that, I'd save myself a lot of angst.  Picking a title is easy.  Picking the right one, not necessarily so. Who picks the title?  Sometimes it's me.  From my initial conception, Flirting with Pete was Flirting with Pete.  Same with Lake News, Heart of the Night, Not My Daughter, and The Vineyard.  My publisher picked other titles, like Coast Road and Family Tree.  My agent came [...]

By | 2016-07-28T05:00:36+00:00 2016|Blog|8 Comments

Why I included what I did in BLUEPRINTS

With Blueprints going on sale in paperback this week, I just reread it to refresh my memory.  Does it surprise you that I would need to do that?  But consider this.  I've written and published more than 80 books.  No human mind can keep straight all the details of 80 books.  Moreover, it's been two years since I finished writing Blueprints, and since then, I've been immersed in writing The [...]

By | 2016-05-29T05:00:53+00:00 2016|Blog|6 Comments

To what are we most committed?

Commitments is my 42nd child – but every single child of mine is special to me. Their birthdays are cause for celebration, which is what I'm doing today. I'm celebrating the birth of Commitments as an eBook. It's about time! Commitments was first published in 1988 and has been issued in every other format but digital. Why? For one thing, because eBooks didn't exist in 1988, when "electronic rights" weren't [...]

By | 2015-09-08T05:00:11+00:00 2015|Blog|4 Comments

Good reading

There's reading. And then there's READING. The first is a solitary endeavor from start to finish, done on the subway, or curled up in a chair, or in bed. The second adds a step at the end: discussing a book with someone else who has read it. That person may be a single individual. It may be a group of women in a nail shop. It may be a formal [...]

By | 2015-07-08T07:00:28+00:00 2015|Blog|4 Comments

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I do. I admit it. I'm a hopeless romantic who, yes, does believe in love at first sight. I’m not saying it's the only way love happens. But – skeptics be damned – I've known too many couples who were partners from the start. They felt an instant connection, and it wasn't only physical, but emotional and intellectual as well. If the attraction is only physical, that would be lust [...]

By | 2015-06-25T11:00:55+00:00 2015|Blog|6 Comments

I won't grow up!

Peter Pan had it right. If growing up means no more fun and adventure, I don't want to grow up either. I like fun and adventure – like doing new things – like challenging myself. I like doing something I never imagined myself doing. Oh yeah, sometime it's daunting. I have a comfort zone, just like you all. But life is about growing. Have you done anything new in the [...]

By | 2015-06-12T05:00:21+00:00 2015|Blog|8 Comments

Barbara's life plan …

Ha! Do you really think I have a life plan? Oh, I did once. I assumed I'd have my parents all my life, like every other child I knew. Then my mother died, and reality hit. Believe it or not, I was the only child in my whole third grade class who didn't have two parents living in the home. Okay. Times have changed. Living with one parent isn't unusual [...]

By | 2015-06-02T05:00:25+00:00 2015|Blog|6 Comments

Little Loveys

In honor of Mother’s Day earlier this month, I posted a Facebook tribute to my mother along with her picture, and I invited readers to do the same. The response was amazing. The number of people reading the post and sending corresponding tributes to their own moms was heartrending. Their words touched me deeply. Whether still with us or gone, mothers are our past more than, perhaps, any other person [...]

By | 2015-05-29T05:00:03+00:00 2015|Blog|0 Comments