Category Archives: Uncategorized

Can I Handle Being a Pest?

If I have to, yes. I used to spend hours agonizing about how to approach an editor, or the owner of a micro-press, with questions, requests for updates, clarification of certain points in the guidelines. I didn’t want to “bother” … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Do It Anyway

You may be familiar with the Kent Keith poem, popularized by Mother Teresa, that contains the line “Love them anyway.” It goes on to mention setbacks, disappointments and obstacles, to which the response is to continue to do the right … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Money

I don’t make enough money from writing to deduct writing expenses. But I still have them, so I look forward to the day when I might, in fact, be able to balance them against what I’ve earned. My accountant was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Oh, Really?

I can’t work at a messy desk. I need to relax with a few games of FreeCell before I get started. This email is way overdue. Just let me throw in a load of laundry. Need to make that dentist … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The First Obstacle

My handwriting is terrible. Even when I try. Even when I slow down. Even on a good surface. It’s one of the reasons I did not want to write directly in the oral history book my niece sent me. Now … Continue reading

Posted in publishing, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Neighbor to Neighbor

I’ve written more than once about Little Free Libraries. My neighborhood is in a warm, dry climate, with an engaged community, so we have dozens of these free standing tiny display boxes with books and magazines to share and exchange. … Continue reading

Posted in publishing, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

Sometimes I wish I were an accountant. I’m actually good with numbers. So, I could have been, back when I was supposedly “choosing” a career. But nooooo, I had to do something with more romance, more cachet. Like being a … Continue reading

Posted in publishing, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Reboot

I recently had new flooring installed in the upper level of my townhouse. This involved moving everything out of every room including the closets. I mean everything. Clothes, books, papers, small furnishings, the entire office setup. I was able to … Continue reading

Posted in publishing, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Spring Cleaning

I’m lucky. I’ve always been a bit of a homebody, so extra time at home during these highly unusual circumstances doesn’t weigh on me as much as I know it does on others.  Besides, there are all those sometimes boring, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

We, Readers

I love this picture of London during the Blitz. These diehard readers didn’t have to cope with “safer at home.” But they still were under grave stress and the chance of very real physical attack from the German Luftwaffe. Yet, … Continue reading

Posted in publishing, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments