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That time I wanted to pass myself off as Joyce Carol Oates #TBT

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I submitted my first piece of writing when I was seventeen, a story about my first job, working at the employee cafeteria at General Telephone where my mother was a dispatcher. Rolling the 20# white bond backed by a sheet of thin blue carbon paper into my Smith Corona, I typed it out slowly, carefully, on a piece of erasable paper—and mailed it off to Cosmopolitan along with a cover letter. Not just to any editor at Cosmo, by the way, I sent it directly to Helen Gurley Brown. 

The piece itself, meant to be comical, was full of clumsy attempts at self-effacing humor.  I strived for a similar tone in the cover letter I addressed to Brown, completely clueless that the high powered editor in chief wasn’t the one reading unsolicited manuscripts. After I signed off I added the following PS. I could have said I was Joyce Carol Oates. What I thought that would accomplish I can’t imagine. That an unsatisfactory submission would get published because of a lame joke? 

No surprise, in the SASE I’d …

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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