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The Best Advice in Six Words

I got a very nice email the other day saying, “We’re delighted to feature your words in the latest book from the SixWord series, The Best Advice in Six Words. Your advice was selected from tens of thousands of memoirs in consideration via sixwordmemoirs.comFacebookTwitter, LinkedIn, and Quora.”


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nablopomo starts tomorrow


Tomorrow is November 1, which means it’s time to begin NaBloPoMo, an event during which I’ll be writing a blog post every single day of the month. [Read more…]

my writing process — or lack thereof

Lois sleeping

My initial reaction to being invited to join a blog hop about my writing process was hysterical laughter.

“Are you serious?” I asked, wildly trying to visualize the way words get from my head to the screen. “What writing process?”

You see, that picture above pretty much sums up how I do my best writing. But I’ll get to that later. [Read more…]

thank you, erma bombeck

Erma sign

I laughed so much at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop last weekend that my stomach still hurts. Since the next one isn’t until 2016, I figure I have two years to recover – and to come up with a book proposal. And if you’re considering going, well, I highly recommend it as both a literary lovefest and a great ab workout.  [Read more…]

laughing my way to erma bombeck writers’ workshop

Erma Bombeck on TimeI could never have imagined when I was young and wishing I could write like Erma Bombeck that the prestigious organization continuing her work would name me – me! – Humor Writer of the Month or that I would be attending an actual Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop with some of the best in the business. [Read more…]

hey hey hey, it’s world poetry day!

Michael beanie

My favorite poet.

I am not a poet, as I think I made clear many years ago (and with the title of this post).

I do, however, happen to live with a poet and thought I should pay homage to him now that I know it’s World Poetry Day. [Read more…]

the tools of my trade from rustico

Rustico 3 products

I’m convinced if I had been writing poetry in one of these Rustico journals when I was a teenager rather than in a “Love Is” cartoon notebook, my poems would have had a lot more character and been a lot less cutesy. [Read more…]

my word for 2014


The amount of pressure I’ve been putting on myself to find the right word for the coming year is ridiculous.

I wanted to have my word ready to go as soon as the ball dropped in Times Square but, instead, I dropped the ball.

So here we are on January 5. [Read more…]

___ is the new ___

NaBloPoMo logo

So this is how my mind works. Or doesn’t. [Read more…]

Best of BlogHer ’13

As a blogger, it is impossible to come back from BlogHer, the Kilimanjaro of social media conferences, and not feel a deep need to write about it. [Read more…]