Doing laps in the LA Fishbowl

New York State of Mind

In just a couple of months, it will be the one-year birthday of Still Life Las Vegas, and what better way to celebrate that milestone (a little prematurely) than by a trip to New York City to see friends & family and attend the Lammy Awards? New  York obliged resplendently, gracing us with warm but breezy weather […]

June 10th, 2016Still Life Las Vegas

Monkey. Business.

The year of the Monkey has come scampering in. Good-bye, placid Sheep! A Monkey Year is supposed to be full of energy, innovation, and opportunity. It also involves a certain amount of chaos (hello, election year) and favors the nimble and the enterprising…

February 19th, 2016Still Life Las Vegas

Butthead

When Frank found out last year that I was about to start my book tour, he said, “Your biggest fear is the part I love the most! You’ll hate it!” But I think he might have been wrong. I didn’t hate it. In fact, my biggest fear is that I liked it. I liked it too much.

January 28th, 2016Still Life Las Vegas

Watching My Step in 2016

2016 hobbles in. Or, more accurately, I hobble in to 2016. Late last night, walking the dog after midnight, I started scrolling on my phone in the dark to see how people were celebrating the new year on Facebook, and twisted my ankle on a rut in the road. It was an apt admonishment to begin the year: be mindful. Be aware. Or you might make a misstep.

January 2nd, 2016Still Life Las Vegas

Catching Up

Oh, but it’s been a long long time since I’ve written— I’d like to say it’s because I’ve been on a whirlwind tour promoting my book, but really it’s just been Life: a new writing class at Los Angeles Writer’s Workshop, the Olympic marathon that is Thanksgiving, high school applications and tours, the annual clusterfuck of holiday events and shopping and year-end minutiae. However, there have been a few work-related events to savor in the dwindling glow of 2015

December 19th, 2015Still Life Las Vegas

Here, There, and Everywhere

A flurry of October events that has left me a bit discombobulated but ever so satisfied… The month began with a return to the hometown of my adulthood—Chicago.   I’d imagined a homecoming similar to Bette Midler’s in “The Rose”—I would get up to do a reading, start singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and collapse (cue plaintive piano […]

October 21st, 2015Still Life Las Vegas

And Now for Something Completely Different…

All right, let’s take a brief intermission from all this book talk, all right? Time to get my head out of my arse (more on that in the next post) and see what else is new and exciting in the world: Games and Baking Shows! Imagine reading the entirety of Moby Dick, one phrase at a time, and […]

September 8th, 2015Still Life Las Vegas

Adventures in Publishing: After the Ball

The agent picked up his phone? “Yes?” he said. “It’s me,” said the editor. “Did you get it?” “Oh, yes,” he sighed, pulling up the email on his laptop. “Right on time.” “You could really set your watch to it,” said the editor. She realized how close to anachronistic the phrase was—who set watches anymore?— but, […]

August 25th, 2015Still Life Las Vegas

I Could Have Danced All Night

The publish date crept in quietly, with little fanfare but great anticipation. It had the hope of Christmas Eve mixed with the nervousness of the first day of school. I lay awake in my bed at 4:20 AM, imagining owls swooping across the dusky pre-dawn sky, brown-paper-wrapped parcels clutched in their talons, as they deposited my book on doorsteps across the land…

August 17th, 2015Still Life Las Vegas