If you've got a novel brewing inside you or one that's made it to the page but stalled halfway, quit making excuses as to why you're not writing and sign up for one of my classes this Fall.
I know there's an option that will work for you. Sign up now, kiddos. I promise to deliver.
Well, here we are. Labor Day. This summer flew by, and other than a wonderful trip to Israel in May (not technically summer per se, but close enough), it didn't really feel like summer at all. Most days were spent frantically searching for a new home and tossing/packing/planning. We're now officially one month in to our Kirkwood residence and loving the new 'hood and home. It really feels like a community here, and I, with my hermit-like inclinations, am glad for it. It was worth the pain of moving, and believe me, that is saying a lot. Moving is hell on wheels. Even more so with a rambunctious toddler (literally) nipping at your heels.
Just thought I'd check in and do the blog thing since September will always feel so very back to school and work for me. I can still vividly remember orientation - the stress of what to wear; anxiety about the locker combination; the smell of brand new loose leaf paper and folders. I loved it all. Coincidentally (or maybe not?) I've started working on my next, next novel, which requires a good bit of reading, research, and my favorite: text highlighting. Feeling good about the idea and hopeful that I can bang it out.
My next novel, Driving Lessons, which will be out in April '14, is weeks away from galleys, which both blows my mind and excites the hell out of me. In a nutshell, it's about three women on the cusp of motherhood - all at very different stages in their lives - and what the day to day of grappling with that concept; both real and imagined, entails. Although there's only one true protagonist, each woman's story is told. I'll have an image of the jacket up soon. It's real purty.
Ari is rustling in his crib, signaling the end of my writing time and the start of the second half of our day. Somehow, he's nineteen months. I can't believe it.
So thrilled to be interviewed for this month's Mobile Bay Magazine by the lovely John Sledge!
Last Wednesday was nuts. Not only did I wear tinted moisturizer, a dress, Spanx, heels and a scarf as an accessory ( not all at once + this is unheard of for me as the mom to a 13 month old and writer on a deadline), but I had the pleasure of speaking to two lovely groups of human adult people (also unheard of for me / see above).
In the morning, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Atlanta chapter of the Brandeis National Committee about my writing - past, present and future - and then enjoyed lunch with this group of sophisticated, warm and well read women.
Then, that evening, I joined my colleagues Lisa Baron Shore and Elisa Dimitria Bowman at The MJCCA to speak about The Atlanta Writers Academy. Together with these very talented women and The MJCCA, we're offering Memoir, Novel Writing and Screenwriting classes this April. The turnout was fantastic, and I'm excited to start teaching this Spring.
Spring! Just typing that word made me happy. We're close, people. In the meantime, here are a couple of shots from the day.
I've decided to give teaching a shot, and am really excited about it.
If you're in Atlanta and longing to get your novel up and running, sign up for my Novel Writing 101 Class at the MJCCA. Running on Thursday nights throughout April, it's going to be an intimate workshop designed to get your ideas out of your head and onto the page. Sign up here!
And if you're not in Atlanta, and Women's Fiction is your genre of choice, check out my class on Lit Reactor. I'll be sharing my knowledge and insider industry info as well as offering a critique of both your synopsis and first 10 pages. Sign up here for that one.
And of course, if you have any questions at all, email me. Happy to answer them.
See you in class!
My lone Springfield photo. Had a wonderful time reminiscing in Boston with my good friend Lauren beforehand and then, off to Springfield for a nice talk at the beautiful Longmeadow Library. Added bonus: my old college roomie and all around homey Bev came with her fam to show support. Hadn't seen her in years and years. Happy.
I had a wonderful time speaking at the Ann Arbor JCC Book Festival on Monday night. My Aunt Alice and Uncle Mike sponsored the event, and the turnout was fantastic. I felt so special. Huge thanks to them.
And! I even took a nap. Not during the event, but the day of. A real live nap without worrying about the little guy. Speaking of, I owe another giant thanks to Ronen, Karen, Nurit and Michelle for making it okay to leave for two days.
Here are some photos.