Jul 7, 2009

What You Get When You Let a Seven-Year-Old Be the Judge

Maya, Eden and I were playing Apples to Apples the other night.

Eden wanted to be the judge, so we said okay, even though she also decided she would moonlight on Maya's "team."

The card we picked was "Predictable."

Maya put down "Costume Party." I put down "Doctor's Waiting Room."

"A costume party is totally predictable," Maya argued first. "People have to wear costumes, they're told what time to show up, and they all dress like something else."

"Are you kidding?" I said. "A doctor's waiting room is the definition of predictable. Every office has one, and you always have to sit in it before your appointment, and you always have to sit in it for longer than you want to."

Eden mulled over the arguments. Then she directed a look of pure sympathy at me as she handed the card to Maya.

"I'm sorry, Mom," she said. "But Maya's right. Sometimes you have to wait longer than expected for the pinata."

Jul 3, 2009


My dear friend Kamy Wicoff and her business partners just launched a new literary networking site for women authors, and I'm proud to be an Alpha member. It's open to any woman writer, published or not, and will serve as a support network for marketing and promotion of books, as well as an information and social site for fiction writers, memoirists, journalists, screenwriters, poets, bloggers, and writing students.

The tag line is SHE WRITES...she teaches, she tours, she reads, she markets, she promotes, she posts, she coaches, she networks, she invents, she creates, she obsesses, she sells, she signs, she strives, she needs help.

Which pretty much says it all. Especially the obsesses part, in this house.

The site launched just on Monday and in four days already more than 800 writers have joined, proving that when an urgent need is identified, if you build a site for it, they will come. Evidently, in droves.

Congratulations Kamy, et al!!

Here's the link. If you are a woman writer, you don't want to miss this. I think it's going to be huge.