The purpose of this site is to find a larger audience for the ridiculous amount of writing I do. How ridiculous, you ask? In just one year I wrote four novels, nearly completed a sequel to the second novel and collaborated with my friend Laura Hall (best known for her piano skills on Whose Line Is It Anyway?) on a musical “Room to Grow” that is, quite frankly, brilliant.  I have since written a screenplay, a sitcom pilot and a few more novels. I am nothing if not prolific. All the while, I have been raising my two daughters and Laura and I continue work towards mounting a professional production of the aforementioned musical.I also like to draw and/or paint.

My immediate future needs to be about marketing, while continuing to do what I love, and what better way to go about it than to write? The fact that pen and paper is my favorite medium may serve as a hindrance to my computer-impaired brain, but I am determined to get past that, and lets face it, if this has been posted then I am well on my way.

All of my novels, Searching for My Wand, On a Hot August AfternoonThe Salacious Marny Ottwiler and Crashing Into Us, are all available for purchase on Amazon. Go check them out!

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I Tend to Obsess!

photo (5)Sometimes obsession can be a good thing. It tends to lead to follow through, but lately I have been obsessing on aging. Even more to the point, on how I look as I age. I don’t want to have that pudgy middle that so many women have at my age, and I detest brown spots. For Christmas I received a Face rejuvenator. It’s laser light is supposed to lessen fine lines and brown spots. Does it work? Maybe a little, at least when I can remember to use it, but I certainly don’t think I look years younger as promised.

Weight has always been an issue. After all, I’m a girl, and right or wrong, most of us tend to fixate on our figures. Lately I find myself looking for miracle cures. Sure I know eating well and exercising are in order, but I want a boost. Something that will give me quick results and thereby keep me going. It’s too frustrating to work your ass off for minimal results. I want to look like the beautiful people. Is that really so much to ask?

Yesterday I was flipping through a magazine and saw an ad for SeroVital-hgh. I have often made fun of various celebrities and their obsessive quest for youth. I would never inject myself with anything just to look younger. That’s going too far, right? Now it comes in pill form though, and the ad claims it can reduce body fat, increase muscle mass, boost mood, heighten your sex drive, get rid of wrinkles and tighten saggy skin. Why aren’t we all taking this? It says I could look and feel DECADES! younger!!

I know what you are saying; It’s too good to be true. I think that too, and yet I’d be lying if I said I’m not really tempted to give it a try. You know, just to see if maybe it could do even a fraction of what they claim. Perhaps they’d like to provide me with a free sample and I could document my findings. Let you guys know if I grow a second head, or dial it back so far that I look like a child. That kind of thing.

Sure it would be great to love myself as I am, and I know I shouldn’t be so shallow, but I like pretty things and I just really, really want to be one of them. What do you think? Are you completely satisfied with everything about yourself? Would you be tempted?

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Who Is Right

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I have been writing this new novel, Fighting Forty, but 97 pages into it, one of my sisters printed out the story so far. Last night that sister, as well as another of my sister’s and I were having a reading. We came to this passage; At home the house was rockin’. Mantha was listening to the same Christina Aguilera song she had been blasting for the past three days. It was from that God awful movie, Burlesque, and having memorized all of the words, she was dramatically belting along as she sang about first love. A subject I had noticed she was kind of obsessed with.

One of my sisters accused me of being so strongly opinionated and of never editing myself. I laughed and said I was not the character, and that it wasn’t my opinion, but that of the character herself. I was then told I can’t take criticism.

In fairness I have never even seen Burlesque. For all I know it’s a great movie. I know my 15 year old certainly loved this one song which is what inspired this scene. So I as you, who is right? Are characters with strong opinions offensive? Does the fact that I just find it funny mean I can’t take criticism? Did you see Burlesque and like it? And if you did, would it bother you if a character in a book said it stunk? I am genuinely curious. It certainly not my intention to offend my readers. I’m just trying to create strong characters.

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Never Cause a Scene?


I was on Facebook and someone had posted a list of advice a teacher had given to his students before graduation. Among other words of wisdom, were the words, Never Cause a Scene. Wrong! At least in my book, anyway. I would advise, Know When to Cause a Scene.

Obviously you don’t want to make a spectacle of yourself, nor do you want to gain the reputation of being an hysteric, but there are times when it’s important to stand up. Times when your beliefs are being challenged, or when you, or someone else might actually be in danger. Life throws all kinds of twists and turns our way, and I think it’s vital that we not stand idly by when we witness injustice or fear for our safety. Sometimes you have to risk causing a scene.

I think my advice would be to breathe deep, remain calm, be brave, and make a scene only when necessary.

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She’s Leaving Home!

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It’s almost time and I could not be prouder, but oh how I will miss her!

Tomorrow night Tessa will be acknowledged in a special ceremony for the accomplishments she has achieved throughout high school. Among them, maintaining straight As the entire time. On Thursday she will pick up her cap and gown, and on Monday she will graduate. On Tuesday she will travel to Northern Calif. where she will start her first real job. And, in late August she’ll begin college.

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Life is moving fast, full steam ahead, and it’s exciting. I know this child is going to succeed beyond her wildest dreams. I’ve always known it. She is truly special, and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mom.

As much as I am going to miss her, I can’t wait to see all that her future holds.

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Four For Four

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Here’s the deal, four books for under four dollars, for forty eight hours! That’s a good deal, right? From 8:00a.m. on Weds., May 20th, until 8:00a.m. on Friday, May 22nd, each of these books will be only .99 cents. Download one, or better still all four! It’ll cost you less than a cup of coffee.

Once again I ask that you share this info with everyone you know. Shout, share, tweet, etc.

And as always, thank you!

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Is It All For Naught?


I have a film script, Going On a Bear Hunt, that I have been working on, and which I have considered submitting to the NYWIFT (New York women in film & television) for a workshop they are sponsoring in September. Presented by NYWIFT and IRIS, The Writers Lab is funded with the generous support of Meryl Streep. The Lab brings 8 women screenwriters over the age of 40 together with established mentors from the film industry for an intimate gathering and intensive workshop at Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George, NY from September 18-20, 2015. The Lab is presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East. Sounds cool, right?

There is a small fee to submit as is always the case, but it could be great…or a big fat waste of time. I mean let’s be honest, I suspect a whole lot of people will be submitting and so the probability of my getting in is pretty slim. My script is for a family film, and that too could or could not limit my chances. On the one hand it has a little something for everyone. It is centered around a family camping trip that includes grown kids, their children, and of course the grandparents, who have something to tell, but are hesitant to do so. It’s both funny and heartwarming. It is not however, an action/adventure film, or a remake, or a sequel, which is all that ever gets made these days.

On the plus side I have the story exactly where and how I want it, but I do not have the proper formatting down. That would require purchasing the (rather expensive) software for Final Draft, which is not in my budget. Now maybe they would overlook the formatting issues in favor of a good story. Who knows?

The thing is, I was on my way to Del Mar this weekend, when the opening line for a new novel popped into my head, and now I want to write that. I have yet to get a single review for my last novel, Hanging From the High Wire despite contacting more sites than ever before. I am at my wits end as to how to promote the novels I do have published, so why on earth would I start another?

There is also the entire first season of a show with the working title, On Thin Ice about a new hockey team and it’s owners, that I have written. What the hell am I doing people? And more to the point, what should I be doing? I love Going On a Bear Hunt, & On Thin Ice, and yet writing novels is kind of my thing. Do I submit the script, or do I write the novel? And while I’m asking questions, how on earth am I going to get some reviews for Hanging From the High Wire? I need to be bringing in a salary here and I can’t stop writing long enough to figure this out, even though in truth, I have spent a ridiculous amount of time trying. I guess all I’m saying is, woe is me! Please fix this for me immediately and thank you in advance!

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I’ll Tell You What I Want…

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What I really, really want… Coffee and adventure, mixed with millions of book sales of course, but a large vanilla blended form Coffee Bean, HEAVEN! Couple that with a road trip, and who could ask for more?

I’m tired of my surroundings, as nice as they are. I mean let’s face it, there are worse places to live than in L.A. , particularly when you consider the neighborhood I am in. I am lucky and I know it, but that does not keep me from craving blendeds and some new scenery. I want the wind in my hair, and the sun on my back. I want a quaint town with an old fashioned main street, or better yet, the cobblestone streets of a European village.

I want to go up to San Francisco where my daughter will be starting college in the fall, and really get to know the streets she’ll be living near. I want to people watch and come up with new characters and locations for future novels and projects.

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That’s what I want, what I really, really want! In case you were wondering. By the way, have you bought Hanging From the High Wire yet?

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