Notes From the Toolbox

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....

Writing Voodoo

January 20, 1980 was Super Bowl Sunday. I spent the day moving into the thirteenth floor of a dormitory on the campus of Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois, where my ex-husband was in pursuit of his MA in geology. In addition to his studies, he was...

The Big Resolution Edit

2021 arrived. Today marks a full week of newness. But my little acreage of world doesn’t feel any different. Does yours? Covid-19 is still covid-ing up the death toll— especially in these United- cough- States— and all the baggage that goes along with it is alive and...

Who-ville Envy

Tis the season for menorahs and stars; and stockings and presents— did someone say books?— and ho-ho-ho, and cookies and fruitcake and snow, snow, snow. And the Grinch. The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite...