The Fear Factor
advice / Amanda Palmer / audience / effort / fear / life / neurotic thinking / rejection / social media / writing

The Fear Factor

First off, for the record, I never watched the Fear Factor reality show. Well, once when visiting my dad, but in dad’s house we watch whatever his wife wants to watch–even though there are four TVs in the house. End of discussion. In any event, I’m not a big fan of fear. I’ll watch a … Continue reading

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