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Archive for July 2006

Voice

I really love Elizabeth Berg’s books. She writes about ordinary people struggling with ordinary situations, but she makes their journeys compelling and sympathetic. (My favorite of hers is THE JOY SCHOOL, which I listened to on tape). Last night I was paging through a book she wrote in 1999, ESCAPING INTO THE OPEN: The Art…

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How I Work

Now, this is downright spooky. In this morning’s email, I received questions from two separate people asking me where the post (below) could be found, since it helped them in their own writing process. It was part of my former blog and I was going to simply send the inquirers to that link, but then a third email…

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New Book (Non-)Announcement

Every day I receive email asking when my next book will be out, so it’s time I updated you on where things stand. Let’s just say it’s been an interesting year! What is certain is that I’ll be staying with my wonderful publisher, Mira Books. There is not a nicer group of people in publishing…

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Skink in the House!

                                                Look at this beautiful little guy! My housekeeper, Delilah, was vacuuming when this baby skink hopped on her hand. Here he is on her index finger. I don’t know how he got inside, but we put him back in the front yard where the grown up skinks can take care of him.      …

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The Licker

I have a behavioral problem with Jet. He’s an obsessive licker, truly orally fixated. He’s very sweet and friendly, so people initially love him, but once he starts licking their legs, their arms, their hands—any      explosed patch of skin, he loses favor with them. My youngest stepdaughter, Caitlin, has been visiting from California for the last few days.…

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My Brother's Story

My little brother, Rob Lopresti,–mystery writer, songwriter, university librarian and a few other things–has a new story on the web. I laughed out loud reading it. It’s sci-fi. . . kind of. . . but I still got a kick out of it.

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Remicade Day

Every six weeks, I spend half a day at my doctor’s office receiving an IV infusion of a drug called Remicade. Remicade is in a newish class of drugs that have made a huge difference in the lives of people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (and also, Crohns Disease). I have a love-hate relationship with it. I love…

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Do You Need a Smile Today? For Fellow Dog Lovers

This is my FAVORITE online video clip. It makes me smile and also brings a tear to my eye because of the trust and joy in the dog’s face. The dancers are Carolyn Scott and her gorgeous golden, Rookie. When you get to this page, click the link to “download the wonderful video of Carolyn and…

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Editors are our Friends!

Sometimes writers, especially early in their careers, view editors as adversaries. With my first book, I was so proud of every word that when my editor suggested changes, I balked. It takes a while to realize writers and editors are on the same team. I’m thinking about this right now because I’m excited to be working…

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Beloved by Toni Morrison

The first time I read this book, many years ago,  I didn’t like it. It’s a tough read. Morrison’s language is so dense and packed with imagery and symbolism that the reader must allow herself to be consumed by it. There’s no other way to read this book, and I must have wanted to rush through…

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