flip phone

I recently sent off a manuscript I’d worked on for years. I worked on it for so long that when I started, social media wasn’t a big deal. When I started, the sexy actress was Kate Hudson. There was no Instagram. One character is stalking another one without Google. So that story had to change. … More flip phone

pizza with the nazis

The neo-Nazis were having pizza too. My French student sat at the table next to the Nazis with her girlfriend and child but she must not read the newspaper or follow local social media because she didn’t seem to know. The neo-Nazis’ pictures are all over the place. They are quite famous in our little … More pizza with the nazis

A Sign

I put each chapter on an index card, A plot one color, B plot another. (Didn’t I already do this about 5 years ago??) I thought about how that B plot bumps up against the A plot. Moved the little cards around. Moved them around again. Then moved them one more time, so they were … More A Sign

not exactly Pinochet, but you know what I mean

an uncomfortably accurate post from my blog dated TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010: “not exactly Pinochet, but you know what I mean The photographs of Chileans celebrating in the streets after Allende was elected remind me a little of the pictures of people here, after Obama’s election night.  For a moment, goodness triumphed.  And then it … More not exactly Pinochet, but you know what I mean

the Mexicans

I worked in a restaurant with Mexicans and white guys. The Mexicans worked hard. They had wives and sweethearts back home and pictures of kids in their wallets. The young one, Roberto, always had a paperback book stuck in his back pocket. We stayed late to give him rides home so the local boys wouldn’t beat him up. We pretended we had … More the Mexicans

waiting for later

Today I found a note I wrote from last summer. We were waiting for news, news that ended up being good. But here’s what it was like then: WAITING FOR THE DIAGNOSIS Maybe bad news will come later But for now A hummingbird sips From the yellow roses