How I spent my day*


Three-hour critique group, four hours writing at my coffee place. This was not an attempt to avoid cleaning my house. I would have avoided it anyway.

*Pretend you care. It will increase my sense of self worth

Blind date


The two attractive young people a few tables away from me in my writing place are clearly on a blind date. They are also having a loud discussion about getting toilet paper stuck to the bottom of their shoes. Romance is in the air!

More from the world of theatre


Our pianist has been trying to get us to perform at her church since the Middle Ages.*

She wept afterwards.** This would be a first, for us, as our show could be accurately described as, “Not King Lear.”

*Refers to me, as opposed to an historical period.

**With joy, or possibly relief.

Writer Tag yet again


How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?

You can find me bent over my laptop, sipping a latte, and eating a cookie at my favorite coffee place for three hours nearly every afternoon. This is old news to my blog readers who are seriously tired of reading my latte-centric posts.

Did you go to college for writing?

No. I went for a practical degree. BFA Music Voice Performance

What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors or grammar errors?

I ain’t conserned about that stuff?

What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?

Write —given to me by a Pulitzer Prize winner.*

What advice would you give to another writer?

See above

*Absolutely true



Writer tag #6 Just when you thought it was safe to go back on my blog


What’s the name of your favourite* character and why?

I’m shamelessly in love with Dani Rosen, protagonist of my YA mystery Dread & Breakfast, now in final edit stage. Dani is a street smart, wiseass, Brooklyn Jewish girl with an ongoing inner monologue that’s usually funny and sometimes (understatement) inappropriate. Sample conversation.

Nick throws me a look and shifts into creep mode again.

“So, Dani, tell us something about yourself.”

Yes, I use birth control, I’m legal, and I’m a 34D. If you make any attempt to verify that, I will cut your balls off.

     “Oh, not much to tell. I live in Sherier, Maryland. I’m a senior at Sherier High. My goal in life is to be the next Meryl Streep, and my first choice school is NYU. I’m desperate to get back to New York.”

*First clue that I didn’t write these questions. It was some nice British person.

Writer Tag #5 Return of the Questions


What was your first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?

Pathetic poem about a forest and a stream. Published by Horn Book.

Alas, I now have the first two lines stuck in my head. Thanks a lot.

What’s the best part about writing?

I love writing! I love revising! I love critique groups! I love having an excuse to drink lattes and eat cookies in the afternoon. But mostly what I love is that once you write something, it will still exist whether or not anybody reads it or publishes it.

What’s the worst part about writing?

It’s a business. Show me the writer who loves writing queries and I’ll show you…it doesn’t matter what I’ll show you, you won’t find one*

*If you do would you get me their contact info? They may write mine. Seriously

Writer Tag #4 The sequel


When did you start working on this project?

Ok, oldest, 3 years ago, newest (my very, very favorite) 6 months. Guess which one is pretty much done? If you said the newest, you’d be right. It’s not because I’m drinking more coffee. It’s because I’ve learned how to write*

*Until you’ve read novel #4, you’re not allowed to disparage it. After you’ve read it, you’re not allowed either. It will hurt my feelings. Not really. Well, maybe a little.