The Obligatory New Year Post

The Obligatory New Year Post

Happy New Year! I know 2015 was a tough one for many people. For me, it was a mixed bag — the year started off well enough, then swirled into months (and months and months) of a health scare that turned out to be minimal, but only after a gazillion tests that gnawed away at my peace of mind and my writing time. The end of the year was another whirlwind of house buying and moving and preparing the old house for sale. Along the way, I...

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I’m So Sorry

I’m So Sorry

(And now, I really *do* have to apologize, for ear-worming you with Uncle Albert…) Last weekend, we went to see the play Sorry, by Richard Nelson, at the Studio Theatre.  This play is part of the Apple Family Cycle — four plays that are each set on a specific date. Each play involves a gathering of the Apple Family (three sisters, their brother, their uncle, and a boyfriend), centering around a meal.  Each play unfolds in close to...

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My Own NaNoWriMo

My Own NaNoWriMo

I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo. (Insert long list of reasons why, starting with my early indignant exclamations that drafting 50K words is not writing a novel, and ending with my later understanding that most people who do NaNo seriously understand that fact, but I still have always kept my own writing schedule…) But this year, I sorta, kinda did my own NaNo. I went on a writing retreat last week and drafted 66,000 words of a...

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My Life as a Restaurant Critic (Not Really!)

My Life as a Restaurant Critic (Not Really!)

One of the great things about living in the greater Washington DC area is the number of classes one can take.  There are adult ed offerings at all the major universities, plus all sorts of special programs offered through trade associations and other groups.  Alas, my time is limited like anyone else’s, so I don’t get to do as many things as I’d like, but I always keep a close eye on what’s happening at the Smithsonian,...

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Birthdays For Grown-Ups

Birthdays For Grown-Ups

Huh. Yesterday was a Tuesday. I’ve made a commitment to blog on Tuesdays and Fridays. I didn’t blog yesterday. I could make all sorts of excuses: I was waiting for an important phone call in the morning, which distracted me from my ordinary schedule. I had a hangnail. My tea was brewed too strong. Or, I could roll out the real excuse: Monday was my birthday, and I took it as a holiday from work, which meant that I thought yesterday...

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