Notes From the Toolbox

Disenchanted Peace

More than anything— other than living a writer’s life— I dreamed of becoming a famous actress. Fame was essential. It was the only level of validation that would prove to my family I wasn’t a self-serving wastrel. I studied the craft, auditioned, performed, and I...

I Did Not Know That

I was reading Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker. Eight-year-old Clementine and her dad were building a new dining table because her mom was having a baby, which was going to throw the entire seating arrangement of their family of four out of whack,...

A Faint Cold Fear

Fear stopped by. He arrived a few days after the feedback from my editor. His timing as impeccable as Maggie Smith’s, only I’m not laughing. He just barged in. No mask. Didn’t even attempt to social distance. I gave him the cold shoulder but he’s refused to leave. I...

Get Yourself An Editor

Jump back— to 1991 and the film Fried Green Tomatoes based on Fannie Flagg’s novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. Bate’s character, Evelyn, is an unhappy, restless forty-something housewife who is “too old to be...

Post-Writing Blues?!?!

Breaking News— Round two of the Big Edit Revision is complete. Yay! I love how the manuscript has changed from what I thought was nothing more than a simple story of a woman owning her independence to a full-bodied journey of a woman on a rocky road to forgiveness....