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

Transition Madness
art / boys / cancer / chemo / death / e-publishing / effort / happiness / health / life / memoir / memory / mom / neurotic thinking / novel / publication / The Blue Jar / The Plum Tree

Transition Madness

Today I finished chemo. One surgery remains. The toxins will leave my body, my hair will grow back, and I’ll get to call myself a survivor. But aren’t we all survivors if we make it to another day? I don’t know, but I find survivor a strange thing to call myself. Many people are kind … Continue reading

books / dreams / e-publishing / happiness / life / neurotic thinking / novel / publication / The Blue Jar / The Plum Tree

Validation, Validation, Validation

October begins! This is the month my novel, The Blue Jar, enters the world as an e-book. At some point, the book may appear in paper form as well. And what writer doesn’t dream of holding her book in her hand? I try to be realistic, but I am a writer and an artist. I … Continue reading

blogging / cancer / dreams / effort / fear / frustration / health / life / neurotic thinking / surprise / wishing

Must. Be. Meaningful.

I’ve started several blog posts that I haven’t finished. Percocet took over and I couldn’t think. And everything I write seems ridiculous. Trite. Meaningless. I don’t have anything to add to the cancer narrative. I can’t add any original observations. I’ve started reading two breast cancer memoirs. I finished the first chapter of one of … Continue reading