Huh. I just realized it's been another year since I updated my web page; evidently I've become so enamored of Facebook that my poor site has taken a back seat in the attention drive. Stupid Facebook. Stupid, addictive, informative, time-wasting, sanity-saving Facebook. And don't even get me started on Twitter (@maglamondsimone) because I've yet to understand how anything meaningful can be said in 140 characters or less.
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I've been a columnist in central New York for nearly 20 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 Not Your Mother's Book ... on Dogs (2012), Not Your Mother's Book ... on Home Improvement (2013), 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 is complete. "Body Punishment: OCD,Alcoholism and Learning to Fight Back" will be out in April 2015, published by Central Recovery Press (Las Vegas). Even before the book is 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.
I'm an adjunct professor in the journalism department at Oswego State in Oswego, N.Y., where I teach newswriting and public speaking. I am also working feverishly on designing the magazine journalism class that I will be teaching in the fall. Swear to God I am. I will be ready. I just know it.
Please feel free to email me about my books, my classes, or pretty much anything short of fashion advice.