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If you happen to be in the Bay Area this weekend, you are in for a treat: This Friday, May 17, authors Eleanor Vincent (Swimming with Maya) and I (Leaving the Hall Light On) are hosting a "Rebirthday" Party for Swimming with Maya at 7 p.m., at the Studio One Art Center in...
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I give the award for “Book with the Most Despicable Characters of Any Book I’ve Ever Read” to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I read it because it was a book club pick. I don’t think I would have chosen it on my own. And though I thought the writing was clever – I thought that really was the...
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Early on in my grieving process I felt that my house was my safest place, and I couldn’t wait to get back to it after being out in crowds. Other times I wanted to run away because of all the memories. In fact we almost moved to get away from the reminders. Now I’m glad we did not. Memories and...
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I just thumbed through my childhood copy of A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Charples Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1949) and was completely enthralled again by the colored illustrations by Ethel Franklin Betts. As a child I would look at those illustrations over and over again. Mine is a...
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I recently spent an hour with my friend and fellow journal writer, @DawnHerring chatting about journaling #JournalChat. Dawn hosts these Twitter chats every Thursday at two o’clock Pacific time. I hadn’t participated for the last few weeks, so it was good to be back. The topic was...
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Writing became a way to live with my son Paul’s bipolar disorder and to survive his suicide as a result. However, I never dreamed it would become my way of life. I still cannot get through the day without writing something. However, in the last few years it has become more than a balm to ease the...
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  Instead of telling you about an intergenerational story from another author, I’m going to share, in question and answer form, about the novel I’ve been working on. Needless to say it’s a work in progress, but I’m intent on finishing it next year. Of course other stories – the Godfather,...
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We spent a few days in Paris in April 2001. It was cold, but sunny and clear. On Easter Sunday we walked through le Jardin des Tuileries, the Tuileries Garden, the oldest park in Paris. The garden, in the Italian style influenced by the Medicis family, is filled with symmetrical and formal statuary...
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I’ve always loved languages – starting with English – and I couldn’t wait until I had an opportunity to learn a new language at school. For me that opportunity didn’t come until ninth grade. But instead of opting to study a romance language I took my father’s advice to study Latin. After all Latin...
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Last month, my publisher, Dream of Things, produced and released an eBook edition of my memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On. And I couldn’t be happier. At first I was wary – especially when he said he would price it aggressively at $2.99 – especially with all the poems and photos in the book....
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I read a lot of memoirs. In the last few years I have been very much taken by Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking, Keith Richards’ Life, and Patty Smith’s Just Kids. But my favorite memoir right now is Everything I Never Wanted To Be by Dina Kucera (Dream of Things, 2011). Everything I Never...
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I feel so fortunate to have Dream of Things as my new publisher. It will officially launch my new paperback edition of Leaving the Hall Light On on August 6 and will launch an eBook version later in the month. Here, I proudly tell you a little bit of information about the owner...
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Toward the end of her life, my aunt sent her family a large collection of stories from her childhood.  She shared about her birth in Poland and how she and her family immigrated to the United States and moved to a small town in Illinois when she was three years old. She had a brother seven...
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A recent discussion on LinkedIn in my Authors, Writers, Publishers, Editors and Writing Professional group was about the question: Do you write with an outline or without one and just from your mind? The answers are all over the place, some for an outline, some against an outline and for...
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Now that I’m back from vacation it’s time to get back to work. And the work I have in front of me is to make a decision about my book. Should I continue on the road to finding a new publisher or should I self publish? My tendency is to look for a new publisher (in case you didn’t know, my publisher...
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