Saturday, January 31, 2009
• This week I had lunch dates with two of my favorite Long Island literary pals, Susan Henderson and Saralee Rosenberg. The only problem with these lunches is that they're never long enough. I could talk to these women forever.
• Bah! Circuit City is closing down. It's been my go-to store for electronics for years. Rushed over there yesterday to spend $90 in gift cards and bought myself a new printer/scanner/copier, which I'd been wanting for a while. These machines are so insanely cheap I wouldn't be surprised if the manufacturers actually lose money on them just to get you addicted to their pricey ink cartridges.
• Watched In Bruges on DVD last night. Well done. So darkly funny.
• Still reading Wally Lamb's THE HOUR I FIRST BELIEVED. (It takes me forever to get through a big book as I have so little reading time each day ... I'm spread so damned thin.) The plot just took an unpredictable turn that unsettled me. I'm pushing myself through it, but with far less enjoyment now. Maybe that's just me. I'm a hypersensitive reader in general, and sometimes I have to put a book down when it gets too intense.
• Printed out my untitled manuscript and set it aside. It'll collect dust for a while before I go back in and edit from start to finish.
• Been toying with an idea for a new novel but so far it's not coming together. I've got my characters, their relationship, my setting, an idea for a dark reveal at the end and even a title, but no narrative yet. Just don't know what the damned story is. If it doesn't come together soon I might concede that I'm not ready to write this particular book.
• I've been hanging out at Facebook lately. If you're there, let's be friends. Click here.
• This week I finished a big website copywriting job for an electrical company that installs solar panels. Felt good to flex those muscles again ... and the $$ helps.
• Put on too much weight over the holidays and am back on a diet in earnest. I'm hungry. I'm cranky. Tread lightly ...
Friday, January 23, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
But ... due to financial necessity, I took on a big freelance copywriting assignment, so I've had to break my flow. And of course, that only added to my logjam.
Good new is that I've made excellent progress on the novel. I'm at 77,000 words now, and expect to finish up at around 85,000. The copywriting job is moving along well, and I have to admit there's something satisfying about getting back in the saddle.
In other news ...
*I had lunch this week with a great group of Long Island lit pals. Left-to-right in the photo are Saralee Rosenberg, yours truly, Carol Hoenig, Debbi Honorof and Brenda Janowitz.
* Speaking of Brenda Janowitz, she has an excellent article posted in Publishers Weekly today. It's all about the high concept novel, and if you're a writer, you really should check it out: What's a Novel Without a Hook?
* Right now I'm reading Robin's Slick's forthcoming book, DADDY LEFT ME ALONE WITH GOD. What a ride! I'm loving it and am thrilled she asked if I could provide a blurb. My biggest problem will be finding the words to do it justice.
* My writer friends have been so industrious lately it's inspiring. I'm happy to share with you a link to another terrific article--this one by the very funny and talented Debra Borden. Read it and weep, laugh, etc: Generations: In the Gym ...
* I'm happy to announce I've been invited to speak at the Newburyport Literary Festival, April 24-25. It's a wonderful event with such literary stars as Andre Dubus III, Anita Shreve, Julia Alverez, Elinor Lipman, Richard Bausch, Peter Orner, Lewis Turco, Anne Easter Smith, David Crouse, Junot Diaz and more. If you're in the Newburyport/Boston/Eastern Mass. area I hope you can come!
* One more thing I really want you to click into. It's an interview Donna George Storey did with my pal Susan DiPlacido. Here's a little sample to whet your appetite:
DGS: What draws you to Las Vegas? Do you have any recommendations for a first-time visitor to get beyond the tourist traps to get an authentic “Vegas Experience”?
SD: I'm a shallow person, and, some would say, a degenerate gambler and a bit of a drunk. So, Vegas is a good fit. Read more ...
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Anyway, I was thrilled when Brenda recently joined the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit, as I knew it meant I would get to interview her about her funny and engaging new book, JACK WITH A TWIST, the follow-up to her very popular SCOT ON THE ROCKS.Brenda is as charming as she is talented. Check it out ....
How would you describe the genre of JACK WITH A TWIST, and what pulled you toward it?
When I finished SCOT ON THE ROCKS, I just knew that Brooke’s story had to continue!Since both she and Jack are lawyers, I thought it would be so much fun to pit them against each other in the courtroom… all while planning their fairy-tale wedding. Thus the idea for JACK WITH A TWIST was born!
Do you have a favorite character in this book? If so, why?
Do you pay attention to book reviews? If so, has there been any particular review that made your heart do a little dance?
Thanks so much, Brenda! Look forward to seeing you next week.