Thursday, September 27, 2007


It's been busy here. Did I mention I received Advanced Reader Copies of State of the Onion? Berkley is sending bunches out (Yes!!) and I've sent a good portion of my supply to PJ Nunn of Breakthrough Promotions with the hope of getting some press in those big glossy magazines... I'd love to be reviewed in Entertainment Weekly, or be mentioned favorably in Newsweek. Since the book involves food, I've got my fingers crossed for interest from food-related magazines -- Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Cooking Light, etc. -- any or all of those.

Got any ideas how to break into those markets? Or do you have an "in" with any of them? I'd appreciate any suggestions, and any help!


Hmm... all this talk of food is making me hungry.

Monday, September 17, 2007

New Website!!

I'm very excited to announce the launch of my redesigned website - at Please visit and drop me an e-mail or comment. I'd love to know your impressions.

The photo page - which is a flickr account - will be finessed as time goes on. I wanted to get pictures up there, but I haven't yet had time to caption them all.

Hope you enjoy!

PS - to Paul: Happy Birthday!!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The War of Art

My good friend, Ken Rand, sent me a book some time ago - The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield. This particular copy looks like it was made in the 1960s but the copyright says 2002. The slim hardback is silver, with little square mirrors decorating its front cover. The title and author are also silver, and I imagine this would make the words hard to discern from across the bookstore.

The reason I mention this book today is because the little thing (not even 200 pages) packs a wallop. You can read this in one sitting - or, as I did, in one standing. I loved it. I read it when I first received it (about a year ago, Ken?), and now I'm reading it again. This is a book I'll turn to periodically.

I'd rather not try to explain the book - it seems to me that The War of Art provides a unique experience to each of its readers - and I wouldn't want to diminish your experience. I suggest you head to your nearest bookstore, or library, and pick it up. Read a few pages. If it speaks to you (and if you're involved in any creative endeavors whatsoever, I bet it will) buy it. I can't recommend this enough.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Long time no write...

Well, this entry is a bit late, but I know you'll think it's worth it. I'm including a picture of daughter #1 - Robyn. This is us when we visited NYC. Fashion-diva that she is, Robyn hated the idea of buying touristy sweatshirts, but the icy wind off New York Harbor (in June!!) convinced us otherwise. Yeah, we looked so cute in our fancy shoes and I -Heart-New York shirts!

But the real reason I'm including Robyn's picture is to introduce a new link to this blog - also known as le merle dans le vol. This is where Robyn will be uploading all her drawings and paintings and encouraging commentary. She's been studying at the Ringling College of Art and Design for the past three years and this year is the biggie for her. I would really appreciate it if you'd stop by and drop her a comment. I think her work is pretty impressive - and not just because I'm her mom! ;-)

Let me know what you think, too.