Extracurricular: School Daze

A school is only as good as its reputation.  The variables that take that broad assumption and flip it on its head are the very people who burnish the school’s prominence: its teachers, students, administrators, and the families who support it.  While writing Extracurricular, I took all of this into account. Within the three booksContinue reading “Extracurricular: School Daze”

As I took a shower, I looked out my window and saw large crows gathering on the rooftop…

…of the apartment building behind me. #HitchcockMoment 

What Not to get Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds as a Wedding Gift

I love celebrity marriages! They give us something to aspire to: dreamboat spouses, fancy affairs of the heart, and  a chance to beat Vegas odds as to whether yet another Hollywood marriage will go to the wayside, and if so, how long it will take to implode. From what I read in People,  Blake LivelyContinue reading “What Not to get Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds as a Wedding Gift”

Stranger than Fiction! Prince Harry Displays the Crown Jewels

Sometimes fate just plays into one's hand. My opening scene for The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing, (the second in my Housewife Assassin series, to be released on September 30, 2012) starts out with my heroine, Donna Stone*, foiling a plot on Prince Harry's life while he's in San Diego, celebrating the completion ofContinue reading “Stranger than Fiction! Prince Harry Displays the Crown Jewels”

Impossibly Tongue Tied gets its village…in Europe, Australia, and Japan, anyhow.

For novelists, all of our books are our children. As a parent of nine of them (and counting!), I can honestly say that I don't play favorites, even if one or more has done better than the others. Until recently, authors shared parenting responsibilities with their publishers. We write the books and in many casesContinue reading “Impossibly Tongue Tied gets its village…in Europe, Australia, and Japan, anyhow.”

A Must-Read for any author, novelist, or writer: Lloyd Shepherd’s dialogue with a book pirate.

I love it when someone tells me they've read one of my books, and enjoyed it. But let me tell you: I wince inside when they add: "My sister [daughter, girlfriend, whatever] lent it to me." Admittedly, it also hurts a little when they tell me as much they took it out of a library.Continue reading “A Must-Read for any author, novelist, or writer: Lloyd Shepherd’s dialogue with a book pirate.”

It’s that time of month. (Unless you’re on TV.)

  We've crossed the bridge into the 21st century–unless you're an actress in a tampon commercial. On American TV, we're still squeamish when talking about menstruation. That is, a woman's period. Her "little visitor." Being "on the rag," as it were. As Adweek points out, it's ironic that a product created in the 1930s —Continue reading “It’s that time of month. (Unless you’re on TV.)”

Okay, here are my answers to 2011’s stupidest employee interview questions. A great reminder as to why I prefer to freelance.

This was just too heehaw funny to pass up: Glassdoor.com, a human resources/job search site, just posted what it calls "the top 25 oddball interview questions of 2011." Let's face it. In this case, "oddball" is a euphemism for, um…stupid. Since I won't be applying to any of these places, I figure it's okay toContinue reading “Okay, here are my answers to 2011’s stupidest employee interview questions. A great reminder as to why I prefer to freelance.”

Supreme Court on the gender bias class action case against Wal-Mart is narrowed to those women with grievances.

What does the Wal-Mart gender bias case just ruled upon by the Supreme Court have in common with Marilyn Monroe? The fuzzy end of the lollypop for women. Here’s novelist Josie Brown’s take on it.

Tucson Tragedy: It’s Time for Comprehensive Universal Mental Health

The despair felt by the parents of the mentally ill — especially those whose illnesses, such as schizophrenia, manifest into anger and has caused them to do physical harm to others — is unfathomable by the rest of us. These are not bad parents. They are people who love their children, and have done theirContinue reading “Tucson Tragedy: It’s Time for Comprehensive Universal Mental Health”

GLEE Girls Gone Wild : Is the Sexy GQ Photo Shoot a Sour Note?

GLEE may be corny, but that's part of the fun: a bunch of high school dorks find their inner Britneys, and in the process, show the rest of the school that their too cool to be crammed into lockers. Part of its corniness is the fact that the actors who play GLEE's leads are cute,Continue reading “GLEE Girls Gone Wild : Is the Sexy GQ Photo Shoot a Sour Note?”

Why MacBook Air is “Meh” for Authors

I'm a big Apple Mac fan. Always have been– Until now. This past year my travel schedule heavied up. I wasn't looking forward to hitting the road with my iBook laptop. (Walking through the streets of New York and Chicago with the strap of your computer bag dragging you down is not a great fashionContinue reading “Why MacBook Air is “Meh” for Authors”

Forget about AMERICAN IDOL. Tonight the best singing is on 90210

In the music industry, the most satisfying career experiences don't happen overnight. It is a long haul over time, with a lot of craft study, bad experiences, missed opportunities— And lucky breaks. I can't sing worth a flip, but my sister, Darien, can certainly carry a tune, and as we say in the South, "theContinue reading “Forget about AMERICAN IDOL. Tonight the best singing is on 90210”

Great article in Fortune: “The Future of Reading”

It would be wonderful if advertisers could have the kind of quantifiable information and analysis that the digital age promised. Frankly I think that’s the icing on the cake. What they’re discounting is that which may not be quantifiable, but qualifiable. Here’s why.

Sperm Banking on the Future

The world is low on sperm.  And I had to hear it from my stockbroker. He was recommending sperm bank stocks.  He even suggested, however delicately, that Martin make several deposits. Too late, I informed him. That branch was closed years ago, after the birth of our second child. Most single women I know lamentContinue reading “Sperm Banking on the Future”

As Strange as FIction: Hollywood Actress Fights Porn Star for Stepchild

Every now and then real life is stranger than fiction. Ironically this is one of those situations. Hollywood star, Sandra Bullock, and her husband, the renowned motorcycle mechanic/detailer and reality show celeb, are in a custody battle for for James' seven-year-old daughter with his ex-wife, former porn star, Janine Lindemulder. Seriously, this scenario could haveContinue reading “As Strange as FIction: Hollywood Actress Fights Porn Star for Stepchild”

Swine Flu: Here’s the Straight Scoop

Moms, concerned about the Swine Flu for you and your family? Lissa Rankin, MD (author of the forthcoming What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend (St. Martin’s Press, 2010) spent much of this week digging through the gossip and paranoia to unearth the real data aboutContinue reading “Swine Flu: Here’s the Straight Scoop”

Danielle Steel: Aide Embezzled Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars!

Danielle Steel leads the lush life she writes about: gorgeous gowns, jewels, furs, mansions in San Francisco's tony Pacific Heights (the one she owns, the former Alma Spreckels mansion, is one of the city's showpieces) Because I'm all authors grabbing the brass ring and making it big, I applaud Ms. Steel's tenacity, and the bodyContinue reading “Danielle Steel: Aide Embezzled Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars!”

Blake Snyder, RIP: SAVE THE CAT Saved So Many Plots from Oblivion

 For the past four months, I've been searching for my copy of Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT. Its 15-point "beat sheet" is THE Bible for many screenwriters — and a good many novelists as well (you can count me among the latter). Well, I found it today — ironically, right after I'd read about Blake'sContinue reading “Blake Snyder, RIP: SAVE THE CAT Saved So Many Plots from Oblivion”

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