So what? A new blog. I am a reluctant blogger. In the gushing sea of information that is the internet, who needs one more voice?

That is the self-argument that kept me from starting this blog for YEARS. Yet, I’m coming around to the realization that I only have one chance, one voice. All together, we make a kind of chorus, albeit a discordant one.

I’ll be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays. My blog will involve two sections.   The first, titled “Writing” will be about the joys and frustrations of writing, what I’m working on, what I’m submitting, etc. I’m always interested in the writing habits of others, so I hope this will be of interest to someone. The second, “Distractions,” will be the real meat of the blog, since distractions are what much of life involves. I’ll post some pictures, let you know what I’ve been reading, etc. However, if this were a  physical page, you could spill your oatmeal on it and not be any less wise.

Also, there are samples of my writing at the pages at the top, if you care to take a look.

As I say in my “About Me” page, I hope this blog will provide you with the same thing I get when reading other blogs: contemplation, inspiration, humor, and the knowledge that you’re not alone.

So without further ado…

Writing:
I have a novel with a working title, Vern Underground, with the Chudney Agency in New York. My agent, Steven Chudney is fabulous. I’ve received some rejections, most of which have been positive in nature. (I know, “positive rejection” seems oxymoronic.) However, Steven remains positive, as is his wonderful way. While my novel  is tossed around to various editors, I’ve been working on an essay, as well as submitting some short stories to magazines and literary journals.

Distractions:
Over the last couple of months I’ve read Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel (even though I don’t read a lot of science fiction, I loved this – it really makes you appreciate all that we have in our modern world), My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout (saw her speak nearby recently and she seems a wonderful gem of a person), The Days of Abandonment, by Elena Ferrante, a powerhouse of a writer, Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue (a well-written book that gives you a realistic glimpse of the immigrant experience), Hillbilly Ellegy, by J.S. Vance (is anyone not reading this book?), and A Field Guide to Getting Lost, by Rebecca Solnit. Solnit is a favorite writer of mine. Her nonfiction books are full of fascinating facts about cultural history, art, politics, the environment, etc. She meanders a bit, but her writing is so good that I would follow her anywhere.

Thanks so much for “tuning in.” I’ll leave you with some holiday snapshots.