Where Else I’m Writing These Days

It’s been a busy couple weeks of writing. Can I just point you around to some articles and things I’ve written elsewhere? I promise I’ll be recharged and back here again soon. …

On Monday, my article about Denise Austin published at Lifescript: 12 Minutes to a Better Body. She was very nice and a really fun interview. Of course, the whole time I was interviewing her I was looking at her picture on the cover of her book and saying to myself, My Lord, she’s 52 years old???? It made me feel really, really bad for looking so out of shape when I’m a full 10 years younger than her. I mean, it’s easy to ignore that kind of feeling when you’re interviewing a 20-something fit queen, because you think, “Well, sheesh, she’s 23! Of course she looks great!” But when the maven is 52, and manages to look like that, and is a mother of teens, and a working mother at that, well … Let’s just say I’m reading her 12-minute workout book cover to cover now!

Then Friday, my article about Eric S. Lee published at Lifescript: 5 Seductive Recipes for Couples. This one had a lot of great working titles, like “Steam in the Kitchen” and “Seduction in the Kitchen” — you get the idea!  Continue reading

Who is Your Doppelganger?

As some of you may have noticed on Facebook and Twitter, it’s Doppelganger Week (which seems to be evolving into Doppelganger Month!). Users have been changing their profile pictures and avatars to a celebrity who they are often told they look like. I’ve met “Victoria Principal,” “Olivia Newton John,” “Ferris Bueller” (VHS Shawn, for those of you who know him! That was a good one. …), Bill Clinton, and more.

I’m too lazy to change to my avatar, honestly, but if I were going to change it for Doppelganger Week, here’s who I’d change it to:


Yep, that’s right. I’ve been told more than once I remind someone of Bonnie Hunt. Too bad I’m not nearly as funny.

Superman has been told more than once that he looks like Oscar De La Hoya! Once we were in Benihanas, and a woman on the other side of the table came over and said, “I know you’re probably told this ALL the time, but … ” I loved that. (Oscar is hot!) (And so is Superman!)

So what about you? Who is your celebrity look-alike?


Whew! Busy week!

So sorry I’ve been letting the blog slide. I miss it terribly because I have about 800 billion things I want to write about  — Valentine’s Day, women’s hearts, electronic publishing, teenagers, and the way teens ask each other to Winter Formal, to name a very few. …

So what’s been on your mind lately?

I’ll be back asap, as soon as I put some of this writing and editing to bed. …

The 2010 Book Club List

Yippee! Our new book club list is in!

I always fear I’m not going to get to participate much in my book club, since I really need the time to write/ edit/ and get my own books published, but I’m quite addicted to our club and still try to keep up. (Or sometimes I just go to the meetings for the company of such engaging women.)

And even when I predict I won’t be able to go to many meetings, I still love getting the new list and opening it like a Christmas gift.

Here’s what’s in store for 2010:

  • January: Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
  • February: Olive Kittredge, Elizabeth Strout
  • March: Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, Walter Mosley
  • May: Last Night in Twisted River, John Irving
  • June: The Financial Lives of Poets, Jess Walter
  • July: The Children’s Book, A.S. Byatt
  • August: March, Geraldine Brooks
  • September: The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  • October: The Echo Maker, Richard Powers
  • November: Too Much Happiness, Alice Munro
  • December: Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson

Have you all read any of these? Tell me what I’m in store for. …

Here was our 2009 Book Club list.

Why I Shouldn’t Use My Scanner

Busy writing weekend. (That’s a big hoo-rah you hear in the background. From me. For that.)

Also a big staring-at-the-scanner-feeling-slightly-confused weekend.

We got a new scanner sometime just before Christmas, and I’ve yet to master it. … Actually, I’ve yet to use it. I guess all the living of life got in the way,which tends to happen in a family of five around the holidays. So now that January is upon us (… er … just past us …), I figure I can spend an hour or so playing with it. But it wasn’t as straightforward as I expected. I guess I might actually have to get out the directions. I can only figure out how to scan to PDF, not to JPEG. But let me tell you, people, if I can scan to JPEG, you’re in big trouble. Because then all I’m going to do is start posting old pics like this:

Rene feeding baby Nate

And then I’m going to start getting all teary all the time and moaning about the passing of time, or the circle of live, or the way we were, or something that will translate directly to song lyrics.

Ah, JPEGs, you allude me for a reason. …

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