Launching Dreams and Other Madcap Schemes
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Launching Dreams and Other Madcap Schemes

My novel launched today! (Here at Amazon.) Since the story is set in the summer of 1985, I’ve been thinking back to those high school days. What were you like in high school? I wasn’t popular. I liked to be in the art room with a sketch pad or a book. The drawing posted here … Continue reading

agents / blogging / criticism / editing / editors / effort / fear / frustration / high school / life / memory / mistakes / mom / neurotic thinking / novel / publication / rejection / wishing / writing

Is that the best you can do?

In high school I spent one year on the yearbook staff. I started the class really excited, and I ended the class hoping never to speak of it again. When my mother saw the section I’d worked on–the advertising section, which I hated but did work hard on–she said, “That doesn’t look very good. That’s … Continue reading

high school / memory

No Witnesses

I’m reading this book about the films of John Hughes. Of course, I’m rethinking those dreaded high school years. Sure, I hated high school, but perhaps my animosity towards former classmates is a bit unnecessary. My classmates were not that awful. Many teens have far more unpleasant experiences. Anyway, while reading one of the essays … Continue reading

Brenda Ueland / character / facebook / fear / high school / life / memory / neurotic thinking / popularity / publication / writing

High School, Facebook, and Who the Hell Am I Anyway?

Former high school friends find me on facebook. This happens to everyone who ventures onto fb-land. Maybe this makes you happy. Most of the people who “friend” me, are nice people. They never did me any particular harm back in school. In some ways, catching up on their lives is good. But here is the … Continue reading