Writing Category

Moving Forward with Sissy

I had a great conversation with my agent Michelle Andleman today.  We discussed my rewrite #3 of my first 50 pages of Sissy, my young adult novel.  Previously she had suggested cutting out one narrative voice (Ethan) and streamlining it to just the two girls, June and Manny.  I struggled with that.  But I gave […]

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Interviewing Nigel Barker

Today I spoke with Nigel Barker, photographer and America’s Next Top Model judge, about his photography exhibit, A Sealed Fate, photographs of baby harp seals who are still hunted in Canada.  I was a bit nervous before we chatted but once we started talking, I was completely comfortable.  He was really nice and passionate about […]

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A Day in the ‘Dena

I wrote an article in the spring for VegNews magazine for their Staycation feature in the July+August 2009 issue that just hit newsstands.  I visited Pasadena, CA and had a blast visiting Alternative Outfitters, a vegan shopping boutique; Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade nonprofit shop with goods from all over the world; The Soap […]

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Borders Capitalizes on YA Novels

My agent posted this Wall Street Journal online article on Facebook today.  It’s fascinating.  From the article: Borders, the nation’s second largest bookstore chain by revenue, has also planted its teen flag on Facebook, where it has created a Borders Ink page in hopes of becoming a “source for info on all things teen lit […]

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Interview set with Nigel Barker, ANTM Judge & Photographer

As the features editor of Rangefinder magazine, I get invited to different photography events.  A few months ago, I went to Nigel Barker’s photography exhibit in Los Angeles that featured his work, A Sealed Fate, images of baby seals in Canada.  Beautiful work and Nigel is bringing awareness to the fact that baby seals are […]

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Harry Potter & Edward Cullen

I went to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince last night at the The Grove.  I’ve read and re-read the books several times but it’s been awhile so seeing the movie last night made it seem brand new to me. I forgot how much I love the characters and the story.  Harry all […]

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Ode to Rewriting

Today I had a good chat with my agent Michelle on rewriting pages 1-50 of Sissy.  We talked about cutting out one of the narrative voices and streamlining the story.  Rewriting is always a bit of a challenge.  I hate it and love it.  I love it because I am totally comfortable starting over again. […]

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Mind Over Manners

Today I interviewed Deborah King, an etiquette expert, for an article I’m writing for a national magazine.  This is what I’ve learned about place settings: Right = 5 letters.  Knife, spoon, drink, and glass are 5 letter words. Left = 4 letters. Fork and roll are 4 letter words. Don’t move the bread plate.  Leave […]

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The First Half of my Book

I am currently working on a new draft of a young adult novel, Sissy, I wrote back in college.  I started the story when I was 19 in a NYU short story class.  11 years ago, my roommate at the time was getting bizarre prank phone calls where a guy would confess strange secrets with […]

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