Shuttle Bus Confessions

Yesterday was a challenging day. I spent most of it in shuttles, at airports and waiting for planes. I took a flight from NYC to Chicago that took almost as long as the flight from London. The only notable mention was my encounter with an airport shuttle driver, who feeling …

Top fave moments of my trip

I love New York. I’m having a great time and feeling inspired for the first time in months. Maybe it is the dynamic nature of the city – the hustle and bustle of not just millions of people, but traffic lights, buildings, street signs, ads, taxicabs, buses, neon, tourists: all …

The Trouble with Anna K

Elated joy or overwhelming despair? Which one will it be today, folks? There seems to be no middle ground between the two see-sawing extremes of emotion. I have the feeling I will only start to feel normal again when the book is out and I’ve moved on to other things. …

Lopsided Cherry aka Revision is Hell

It occurred to me the other day that I’m no longer fun. I’ve become incredibly focused, and intense; a little unhappy figure dressed in black, huddled over her laptop, projecting urgency and despair; sucking in anxiety through her cheekbones like a chain smoking existentialist. Exhaling  le monde est totalement merde. …

Rewrites from Hell

Did I think I was immune? Did I fool myself into thinking everything was perfect? Am I finished? Far from it. I look at my stories, they stare back, their arms crossed in defiance, We are fine the way we are, they say. Leave us alone. They look inflated, yellow, …

Twenty nine ways

I finished writing my last story today. Ten stories and 57,000 words in total. Almost a year in the making. I bundled off the last three and sent them to my publisher. Only my poor bewildered dog around to witness the whoop of victory and accompaning happy dance. I am …