Of Cheesecake, Waffles and Waffling

I really don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to professional organizations and their associated conferences.  Over the years, I’ve learned the basics (ie. you need to pace yourself during those hourly coffee breaks and you should never sleep in the nude if there’s even the slightest chance of a fire drill) but I’m…

What My Doodles Might Be Telling Me

Getting back to the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference and my remaining two discoveries (because I’m sure you’ve all been hanging on the edge of your seats, just dying to find out what sort of epiphany I’ve had this weekend). Number 2: I don’t doodle during the workshops and lectures at the PWC. I take notes. I…

Queen of the Buffet

I discovered three interesting things about myself and life in general yesterday.  It was Day #1 of the Philadelphia’s Writer Conference and as such, I found myself in the very same hotel in Old City where I nearly threw up last year thanks to my anxiety over pitching my first manuscript to an agent. This…

The Worst Speed Dater in History

Well that was a waste of a good outfit, two subway tokens and an eight-dollar glass of wine.  But let’s start at the beginning, shall we? My co-producer asks if we can schedule a rehearsal for 5:00 and I tell her NO: there are no showers at the studio and I’m going speed dating!  (Lame,…

Thoughts from Tallahassee

Plenary sessions, I have come to believe, are designed to scare off would-be academics.  You put a bunch of professors in a room together, they bemoan everything from the rise of Youtube to the loss of tenure-track positions and by the time the PhD candidates add their two cents about the job market (or the…

These Kiss and Tell Tendencies

It was bound to happen sooner or later.  I’m feeling a bit like Scarlett O’Hara today and no, not because I’m flouncing around in an awesome green dress made of curtains.  Rather, because my failure to think things through (specifically, how to keep my personal life personal while chronicling each episode in a very public…

How to Not Screw Up in Life…

Here are the things you should not do when querying a literary agent.  You should not say your manuscript is finished if it is not.  You should not lie about the length of your manuscript (for example, if it is 75,000 words but you’ve recently discovered that proper books should be at least 85,000, you…

An Ode to Office Supplies

God, I love Staples.  In preparation for the Writers Conference, I went to Staples every day last week (on Saturday, it was a package of “fiesta” colored binder clips—an absolute essential in the publishing industry; Sunday: a new flash drive, except that Staples was closed by the time my old USB stick decided to commit…