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If a tree falls in the forest ... should it be used to make the paper for my novel?

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I’ve been working on a novel for the past year and a half, a process which has made doing any kind of creative writing here in this space more and more difficult. I’ve kept up with my book-to-movie blog at Chapter1-Take1.com but that’s a very different kind of writing. When giving out factual information, I don’t require inspiration. 

Now I’ve finished the book and I’ve begun reaching out, searching for an agent. An easy sentence to write, a horrifying, intimidating, paralyzing process to undertake. The first chapter, one I was happy with before, now strikes me as sophomoric, tedious, garbage and any number of cliche criticisms. Is it? Or is that my fear talking? I don’t know. I’m in a place where I can’t imagine my novel is worth the paper it’s written on—about 1/3 of your typical paper-suitable tree. Which is why I still can’t find the energy to get back to memoir pieces. My writing brain needs a break. 

So in lieu of a writerly post, I’m posting photos instead. If you follow me on In…

Out of Order

You know how once you take something out of the box, it's impossible to put it all back in perfectly?
This page is a box for the stuff that doesn't fit into the other boxes. 

7 Reasons Older Women Love Older Men
 First published at The Good Man Project


Doing Nothing: The importance of free time for kids Originally appeared in LA Children's Magazine

Hollywood Wives and Mothers While the cats away, the mouse holds down the fort, first appeared in the Daily Breeze.

Graduation Day Redux Another Daily Breeze piece

Irregular Care About my neighbor

The Tracks of My Years A birthday rant

Blue on Blue Oh, those mysterious aches and pains

Hey Cinderella! Get your own life Pardon me, but your Cinderella complex is showing.

Art+Architecture: Frank Gehry

The Art of Jeremy Lipking

The Art of Everything 

Dash It All, Downton! A long ago visit home

Photographic Memory Working as a copywriter at Max Factor in the 1980's

The Star Factor: Jaclyn Smith, Max Factor and Me Working as a copywriter for the iconic cosmetic company.

Put the Kettle on, Love  Feeling homesick for the land of my birth!

Smuggled Beer, Stolen Kisses Acting class was a blast but it was what happened after class I really loved.

Dear Mr. Redford  My one and only fan letter

Pros and Cons  My one and only foray into the Trifecta Writing Challenge (333 words)

A Summer Place: Theatricum Botanicum Where a kid can meet Shakespeare  at a very special summer camp.

10 Things You Might Not Know about L.A. Just a few factoids.

Have broom, Will travel Horrible Halloween costumes I have known.


* Oh, by the way, despite my best efforts to contain my junk under these neat and tidy labels, there's still some crap that's been left oozing out the sides, forgotten on the floor, dried up in the archives. So, tool around a bit to find them. Thanks for stopping by; I appreciate it.





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