nonBlog — April 2009

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Something to Blog About—Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Woe is my blog, I have neglected her lo these many months. Two anyway, which is, like, an ice age in Blog Time.
It’s not for lack of thought or even the usual working-mommy mania. It’s because so many things have been happening that I can’t talk about (or couldn’t talk about at the time). For example, I took the fall off of paid work in order to (a) recognize that I am, in fact, human; (b) give myself some designated grieving time after my father’s death; and (c) help Olivia apply to high schools. The last provided much in the way of stories but none in the way of blogs, lest some admissions officer happen upon this page and, how shall we say, take things the wrong way. Then of course there was the itty detail of journalism turning out to be the first line item to be crossed off in the universe’s budget for 2009 (and possibly beyond). Who wants to hear my whining added to the chorus of boo-hooing authors?
But now we are in the After Phase to some degree. I miss my dad, but I am getting used to communicating with him rather differently than I used to, given that he no longer has a phone number. Liv got into her first-choice school, University High, reminding us that even in this illogical post-crash world, simple hard work and passion do occasionally rule the day. And I seem to be finding my way again as a writer; several more articles have come out about office romance that quote Helaine and me (Glamour, for one). I’ve got a couple of short pieces coming out in the summer issues of San Francisco magazine, and I’m on the phone with my agent a couple of times a week shaping up my new book proposal. But something funny happened on the way to the continuation of my book career; I found I had a yen—and the ability, it seems—to help other people find success with their writing. I’ve been coaching other writers on how to pitch their ideas to editors. I’ve been teaching writing classes. I’ve been editing other people’s proposals and sample chapters. I’ve been counseling authors about how to promote their work. It’s a new way for me to participate in this industry I love so much (and which stands so threatened), and I’m glad—perversely—that the downturn forced me to find it.
Yes I believe I’m ready to talk about this stuff now. Look for a new page—Consulting—on this web site soon, as well as a number of updated links and pages throughout. is back in business. Fingers crossed that the rest of the globe will follow suit.



New, or Practically New

  • Fame and Fortune: Currently working on, and shocked to find I’m making headway with, the latter. Partly because of a bit of movement on the former. Perhaps endurance is the key to everything after all.