Miss Magnolia

The other night at dinner my kids began to ask me questions that started with, “Back in your day…” As in: “Back in your day did they have cars?” Since I felt like saying, “WTF, you guys, how old do you think I am?” was probably poor parenting, I answered in the voice of an…

We’ve Got Another One

The Guardian is batting, uh, maybe not 1.000, but the number is up there this week as they approach the subject of celebrity endorsements on books. Someone (a judge of the Man Booker Prize or something?) said such blurbs “blackmail the reader.” Do they? What do you think when you see a celebrity quote or…

WIP Wednesday

Life has hit me hard lately, so I’m falling a bit behind on my current WIP. And it’s kind of under wraps at the moment anyway. I mean, I’ve got people critiquing it, and hopefully soon it will be ready for the agent who says she wants to rep it. Fingers crossed! Still, I’d hate…

Happy Birthday, Daddy

So it’s my dad’s birthday. Which for the first 50 years of his life was a perfectly good birthday to have. But on his 51st birthday, that all went to hell. It’s got to be weird, having your birthday be a national day of mourning. One of my high school friends has his birthday today,…

IWSG: Surprise!

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Posts go up the first Wednesday of each month. Read more posts and/or join in here. What am I insecure about this month? Well, I’m working to finish my WIP for an interested agent. And while I know this agent won’t discard me if I’m a…