Sleeping With Ward Cleaver

by Jenny Gardiner Well, here’s a fun book.  The protagonist spends a lot of time seeing her husband as a caricature, like the Beaver’s dad in the 1960s sitcom.  Do you remember the Cleavers?  June Cleaver wore “housedresses” all the time, and heels, and her hair was perfectly curled.  Wally was the officious older brother,Continue reading “Sleeping With Ward Cleaver”

What I’m reading

Secrets & Lies, LC Rooney This book grabbed me by the throat right away, with a tongue-in-cheek and very likeable protagonist who clearly has been in trouble before, is in trouble now, and will most certainly be in trouble again. The author is brilliant at creating perfect scenes that carry the story along and then…plop…dropContinue reading “What I’m reading”

And in other reading news….

And in other news, I read Katie Winters’ book, The Sunrise Cove Inn. This is a book about three sisters and includes hot tropes like an old, dilapidated inn on the east coast in a trendy area (in this case, Martha’s Vineyard), old boyfriends looking good, and lots of family drama. The plot set-up isContinue reading “And in other reading news….”

Soft Launch…

I am vibrating with excitement. My first novel is up in paperback format on Amazon, ready for readers. The feeling reminds me of a moment nineteen years ago when I was standing in Portland, Maine, by the waterfront in shorts and t-shirt, waiting with a bunch of other well-dressed people, for the start of theContinue reading “Soft Launch…”

I DID write about Erica Jong…

but it wasn’t here… Yesterday, I noted that I’d recently written something about my search for Fear of Flying, but it turns out that was only in my journaled morning pages. It is a funny story, albeit a small amusement, so I’ll regale you. I read Amy Meyerson’s Bookshop of Yesterdays recently on my belovedContinue reading “I DID write about Erica Jong…”

End of April – Annie’s Book Shelf

Well, I took a trip to the public library. I think I wrote about finding Erica Jong, but I also found Ed Yong (interesting names there) and his remarkable 2015 book about microbes. I know, yuck, but he’s such an excellent writer the topic reads like a novel! Plus the science itself is superbly interesting.Continue reading “End of April – Annie’s Book Shelf”

In praise of procrastination

Incomplete projects mock my commitment make a fool of me to myself keep me from moving forward. How many articles and books lie, embryonic, in my files? Ideas barely developed Concepts without details Kernels that never get to pop. In the meantime, I tidy obsessively -Oh, no, not my files-that might be productive! Instead, it’sContinue reading “In praise of procrastination”

I sometimes do things backward.

I do a thing, and then I learn how it should be done. I guess I could say that I like to learn by doing. That’s an odd thing for me to realize, given that I spent years in traditional education (learning by learning….and later, learning by teaching….). I’ve finished drafting my second novel andContinue reading “I sometimes do things backward.”