Share on Facebook Welcome to my home page! That sounds so narcissistic, but really, you can ask anyone in my family. It is all about me . . . isn't it?
I've been a columnist in central New York for 15 years. My first anthology, a 2010 USA Book News Finalist in three categories, came out in November 2009, "From Beer to Maternity," the title a nod to the fact that I started writing when I quit drinking. Coincidence? Perhaps.
My second book, "POSTED: Parenting, Pets and Menopause, One Status Update At a Time," is now available for Nook and Kindle. It's only $2.99; you really can't go wrong.
My columns are also included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Resolution (2009), P.S. What I Didn't Say (2009), Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause (2008), Chicken Soup for the New Mom's Soul (2007), Misadventures of Moms and Disasters of Dads (2005), and Hello, Goodbye (2004).
You can link to my blog on Huffington Post here, although I've kind of been slacking off on those because frankly, people are so freaking mean in their comments that sometimes it's easier to just not post. I've been told to get thicker skin, but I've also been told to quit drinking coffee and I'm not doing that either.
I've now won seven national awards for my writing. The first was for an essay about breaking my daughter's leg, so that's nice. It was an accident. The second was for an essay about telling my son I'm a recovering alcoholic so that he didn't start off with the misconception that drunks are bad people. I'm a very good person when I'm not blasted.
My first national essay was published in Cosmopolitan, a coup which bought me a Golden Retriever named Decker, who is the subject of my children's book, LOSING DECKER. It is currently floating around in publishing limbo awaiting a publisher, although it has been published as a poem in So Easy to Love, So Hard to Lose: A Bridge to Healing Before and After the Loss of a Pet by Laurie Kaplan. Another, SOPHIE'S SOUNDS, was released in 2007. And TIMMY AND THE TIMEPIECE is floating with Decker somewhere, keeping him company and trying, most likely, to retrieve its shoe.
Oh - and for more fun reading for the whole family, my memoir about self-injuring, Body Punishment, is complete. In my past life, when I didn't much care whether I was here, I had some - oh, let's call them "coping issues." Each time I survived when I probably shouldn't have, I thought, Someday I'll have to write about this. Someday came and went, so we'll see where that goes. While I'm waiting, I'm also starting a Body Punishment website. And even if the book never gets published, I'd be happy to talk to people (or individuals) about the subject if said people or individuals are struggling. I think that's why I was compelled to write it in the first place, in retrospect; not to sell it, but to heal myself enough to talk about it.
Please feel free to email me about my writing or my site. But not my haircut. Leave my haircut alone.