Advice Giving and Other Pains
advice / art / audience / criticism / effort / frustration / memory / neurotic thinking

Advice Giving and Other Pains

I don’t like being asked for advice. I don’t want to be asked which job you should take or what you should do about a relationship. I have an opinion (I’m full of opinions!), but I don’t need more responsibility. What happens if you follow my advice and everything goes wrong? Blame is what happens. … Continue reading

My Story Unicorn
art / books / cancer / death / effort / fantasy & sci-fi / fear / frustration / hair / health / life / novel / Story-a-Day-May / The Fairy Tale Asylum / The Plum Tree / wishing / writing

My Story Unicorn

How do you think a unicorn starts its day? As a kid, I wanted to be a unicorn. Sometimes I would wish to turn into one. Ah, childhood. I don’t suppose I can be a unicorn and a writer. Unicorns can’t type. As far as I know. Tomorrow will be a year since my surgery. … Continue reading

agents / books / dreams / effort / frustration / happiness / passion / publication / rejection / The Blue Jar / The Plum Tree / wishing / writing

Write. Write some more. Then keep writing.

Okay, maybe in that picture I’m just typing an email. It’s hard to say for sure. But my husband took that picture around the time I started my novel–in the year 2000 or 2001. And that’s the laptop I started writing it on (RIP first laptop) and the desk I was sitting at. I certainly … Continue reading

books / e-publishing / editing / effort / frustration / happiness / novel / publication / rejection / The Blue Jar / The Plum Tree / writing

Getting Closer

A few years ago, I dressed as rejection for Halloween. I pinned all of my rejection letters to my jacket and a red, paper, broken heart to my jacket’s lapel. I wrote “No!” and “Go away!” on the palms of my hands. I took my son’s toy collapsable knife and pretended every so often to … Continue reading