I Don’t Think Like a Search Engine

I Discovered Something Recently About Blogging My mind does not think like a Search Engine. All this time I’ve been trying to drive traffic to my blog, I’ve been doing so by trying to write “interesting content” which is blogger speak for “stuff people actually want to read”. Interesting content is what keeps readers coming back, or so the Internet Keep reading!

Fake Book Reviews

fake book reviews

I always heard positive reviews are hard to get when you’ve written a book.
 Am I the only one who figured out you can just write them yourself? Fake Book Reviews What People Are Saying About Jen’s Book: The grammar and spelling in the book were excellent! I didn’t understand
 why the author wanted to write about all those personal things, Keep reading!

How Do You Handle Rejection?

How Do You Handle Rejection? I’m having trouble controlling my inner dialogue lately and have been quite unkind to myself. Silly Shame spiral. I had a couple of disappointments the last few days. Nothing big; another rejection from a publisher, but this time with feedback. “Story and storytelling nothing new” “Well-trodden narrative ground” “Clunky dialogue” “Flashbacks sentimental and overwrought” Ouch. Keep reading!

Deleted Scene: Foreign Restrooms

foreign toilet

From Lithuania With Love: Foreign Restrooms The restrooms in the stark building where we spent our working days were equipped with an Avon cologne skunk that protected the bathrooms from excessive sewer stench.  Imagine the most pungent cloying stink you can create not in nature. Now imagine that you are unwittingly misted with it for that always-fresh feeling seven times Keep reading!

Deleted Scene: Our Bodyguard and Lithuanian Food

lithuanian food

Our Bodyguard and Lithuanian Food I appreciate a poignant AC/DC tune when I hear it, but how many times in a sixteen day period does one really need to hear “Stiff Upper Lip”? One early morning Vaidas pulled up to the hotel dormitory building with some fuzzy dice adorning the rearview mirror. We later discovered it was really a deodorizer. What?  Hey, Vaidas, do Keep reading!

Deleted Scene: Vilnius Lithuania

From Lithuania With Love: Vilnius Hotel Sarunas in Vilnius Lithuania was very adequate, if not humbling. I felt helpless and confused with what I knew were otherwise simple everyday activities. Nothing looked like it was supposed to. I did not understand the lock on the hotel door. I couldn’t locate the light switch in the room or on the wall. I was confused about how Keep reading!

Deleted Scene: Lithuania Airport

From Lithuania With Love: Lithuania Airport Another deleted scene from the book pertained to a business trip I took when working as in-house counsel for The Williams Companies. I originally wrote the “From Lithuania With Love” series as a short story, and it read like that in the book. London, frankly, was a bit of a blur. My colleague, Teresa, and Keep reading!

Deleted Scene: When an Open Door Policy Goes Wrong

open door policy

Open Door Policy The difficulty of living so far away hit home literally on the receiving end of a frantic call from the States half way into our trip to Australia. Spade engaged a young runner from the firm at which he worked as a partner to housesit for us while we were gone. We had always had an open door policy in our house Keep reading!

Deleted Scene: Tom Jones Concert People Watching

tom jones concert

I’ve been doing a lot of editing lately. It’s a bittersweet exercise. Here is a section that I removed from the manuscript. You know, like a deleted scene from a Jackass movie, or something. Hello Tom Jones Concert Liv was still a fixture in my house. We had developed a certain rhythm, like old married couples tend to do. Then, Keep reading!

A Literary Agent Doesn’t Think I Suck

Literary Agent

I signed with a Literary Agent today with respect to the book I’ve written. (recall that the book is not about about cancer, to which I have been only recently introduced, nor, sadly, about my boobs which have not previously been in the news). I thought about writing a draft of this blog post before the ink was dry on the Agency Keep reading!