Publication Day for Intentions, My “Book in a Box”

Today, August 14, 2012, is a day I wasn’t sure would ever come. It is the publication of a book I’ve been working on, off and on, for close to two decades. I had so many drafts and so much research material (in its first incarnation it was set in the 1970’s) that after a while file drawers would not do–I had to put all those drafts and articles into a huge plastic box, the kind you get to hold the scores of legos or plastic dinosaurs that are overflowing the playroom shelves. I started the book when my sons were enamored of those little plastic toys, it is being published when those little boys are men with jobs, men who tower over me.… Read more

Writing All the Time (Even in the shower)

I just spent a lovely weekend, but I didn’t have time to write at all. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t thinking about writing, and thinking about the novel I’m working on, and thinking about Charles and Emma, and thinking about the next non-fiction book, etc. etc. Which got me to thinking about writing some more. And I realized this: I am always writing. When I’m watching a movie (We saw Duplicity Friday night–and although I love Julia Roberts and I really like Clive Owen, and I love a good thriller/mystery, I couldn’t help thinking that it could have been better, and I don’t know if in this case that was because of the writing–with a movie there are so many writers–or the direction or what, but I sure did rewrite it in my head afterwards, a lot), or going to a bat mitzvah (I was paying attention, honest, but I was also thinking about my novel, which has many scenes in a synagogue, and I also realized I could “steal” something from what the rabbi said at one point about how after a girl becomes a bat mitzvah or a boy becomes a bar mitzvah she/he has to take responsibility for her/his actions, and I was also just inspired by my family, and my family history, and so who knows what that will turn into..), or doing taxes (which, though not fun, is a trip down memory lane of the past year since we have to list our expenses–holy camoly, the number of books bought!) or just taking a shower.… Read more