Life in the fast lane--where's the on ramp?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Busy Shift at Carnegie's Bookshop

I got there early so I could put out the snacks and turn on the ceiling fans, set up the cash register, neaten up. The temp gauge on Ruby's dashboard (my little Toyota) said 99 degrees. So I spread a towel over the steering wheel to keep it cool enough to touch by the time I was ready to drive home.... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

More 1890s articles are coming...

I almost decided not to go to the library today, not work my shift in the little used book shop. It's supposed to get to 97 degrees this afternoon, which turns the car into an oven, makes the seat belt buckle hot enough to burn. But there's a chance of thunderstorms, possibly severe, which means... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Thumper, the cute bunny from "Bambi" said it 60 years ago...

"If ya can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all." Wouldn't that put CNN and all the show biz gossip gurus outta business? So I'm sayin' nothin' about the Gulf of Mexico and the BP carelessness that led to an ongoing eruption of poison into an already threatened environment. And I'm sayin'... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mistakes have been made. Maybe learned from.

The mistake was posting a chapter from My Disco Ball is Broken on Zoetrope, Frances Ford Coppola's online workshop for writers. I got back some feedback that left me crestfallen and disheartened. A careful and helpful reviewer made some suggestions that would have made perfect sense for fixing a... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

About the "Small People"

Of all the things I hate most in the world, being talked down to by some "superior" man is probably at the top of my list. All a guy has to do is treat me like a silly woman, say something the equivalent of "there, there, don't worry your pretty little head about it," and there's an adrenalin surge... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

It's a dearth, dahling, an absolute dearth!

WHERE IS EVERYONE? You can lob all you like, send the ball smashing over the net... But if there's no one to return your serve, fogedaboudit! No one is at the Blogiteria this week. All I can hear is my own voice echoing off the walls. It seems positively deserted. There are some luscious lemon... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Duotrope -- site for writers

And it's free! My friend Barry recommended it to me, and I've signed on. I'll be submitting some short stories to lit mags I find there. One very interesting fact I discovered yesterday. I've been sending my stories to a magazine in Portland, OR, "Glimmer Train." Some of my best personality studies,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Extreme heat, thunderstorms, torrential rains and confusion

The temp gauge in my car said 103 after I finished my shift at the library yesterday. The muggy heat does things to your thought process, or anyway to mine. I'm half-groggy, like I didn't get my eight solid last night, and the coffee doesn't seem to be clearing away the cobwebs. Speaking of... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

My neighbors have moved on...

Swiss Family Robins have flown from Concord arbor. I guess when Bob opted out of the nest and began flitting from one spot to another, the folks took it as a cue. They were there yesterday morning, but with no breakfast for the nestlings. There were chirps, kind of like "you can do it" cheers. They... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 11, 2010


I recently met a wonderful guy on Zoetrope site for writers, who gave me some exceptionally insightful feedback on a story I posted there. His review went scene by scene, and by the time I was done reading how smart he said my story was, I was thrilled and smiling and... well, wowed! He invited me... Sign in to see full entry.

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