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Do you really want an honest opinion?

Posted January 15th, 2014 by in Blog, This Writing Life

Over the years, I’ve sensed with a few of my students that I might have hurt their feelings and/or disappointed them if I’ve been less than totally enthusiastic about what they’ve submitted to the class. I’ve always been sorry when that happens. Publishing is a tough enough business to try to break into without having […]


Cleo is a Leo . . .

Posted January 13th, 2014 by in Blog, Cat Tales

I’m convinced Cleo, my female cat, is actually a Leo, even though she was born in mid-October, which would make her a Libra. Thing is, in any group of cats, she’s the alpha. My buddy Pat Rosen, who is my cats’ second Mama and who keeps them when I’m traveling tells me Cleo is always […]


How much is too much?

Posted January 10th, 2014 by in Blog, Pat Tales

I have a problem that only seems to be getting worse. There’s too much food available to me. Some people live in areas where they have to drive half an hour or longer to get to a supermarket. I live within fifteen minutes of about ten different food shopping meccas and specialty grocers. Sprouts, Fresh Market, […]


So you were rejected . . .

Posted January 7th, 2014 by in Blog, This Writing Life

Not long ago a student of mine received a rejection from an editor that included the statement that the project lacked conflict. The student was confused because she felt she had strong conflict, and lots of it. And from what she told me, it seemed she might be right. Of course, I can’t know that […]