When Five Years Doesn't Seem So Very Long After All

07/20/2014 21:46:00 PM

In the past five years, I've written four books. I've had some low periods (really low periods) when I thought this day would never come. But as this dream unfolds, I am grateful for the many family members and friends who always maintained ...

Score: Universe 1, Mandy 0

06/25/2014 13:36:00 PM

Over the last several months, I struggled with two health issues in addition to, you know, LIFE. All along I had a conversation with the Universe that went something like this:UNIVERSE:

Starving for Details in a Novel or Movie

03/21/2014 22:00:00 PM

I’m a foodie – I love to cook, bake and eat; I collect cookbooks and leaf through them for fun; I visit epicurious.com more often than most websites. As a reader and a writer, I find it fascinating when food is central to the plot. Is food ...

Sharing the Big News -- and a Dose of Reality

12/20/2013 18:05:00 PM

I recently signed with literary agent JL Stermer of the N.S. Bienstock agency. (Cue the confetti and cheers and champagne!)

Hello, Universe! It's me, Mandy

12/04/2013 16:02:00 PM

A work colleague of mine from years ago used to write a wish (dream, goal, intention) on a piece of paper and tuck it away in the back of a drawer. It was a mindful and purposeful way of telling the Universe what she wanted. It’s not a new ...

The Gravity of Inaccuracies in Fiction

10/31/2013 16:09:00 PM

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't.” – Mark Twain My husband and I saw the movie “Gravity” recently because it received such great reviews (top critics rated ...

Telling the Untold Story

09/29/2013 16:10:00 PM

I just saw this Maya Angelou quote on Twitter: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” The concept of an untold story is nothing new to writers. It’s the germ not yet developed. It’s the illusive space before ...

Embracing (Not Erasing) Regrets and Mistakes

09/05/2013 10:45:00 AM

As I mentioned in my last post, I enjoy reading young adult fiction. The storylines hold my interest and the characters are often dynamic, flawed and interesting. The books/series I’ve read have cross-over appeal, attracting readers in their ...

The Trap of Instant Gratification

08/17/2013 14:27:00 PM

Just saw this on Twitter: Netflix gives you 15 seconds between episodes to decide whether or not you're doing anything with your life today. For those of you who stream and watch TV series on Netflix, you know how addictive it can be and how ...

Rejection! Attack of the Evil Brain!

07/06/2013 13:42:00 PM

When I was a kid I thought the summers flew by too quickly. That’s nothing to how I feel as an adult! With business trips, a week being sick, family visiting and numerous writing projects (on top of a busy day job), June disappeared before ...

Sharing Our Creative Endeavors

06/10/2013 11:31:00 AM

Yesterday, I was

The Upside and Downside of Rejection: One and the Same

05/28/2013 11:39:00 AM

Writer blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other social media have made it easier (and faster) for authors to get their work noticed by other writers, agents and publishing houses. One phenomenon to arise from this instant accessibility is the CON ...

Life's Short -- Eat Cheetos

05/07/2013 14:14:00 PM

My fingers are stained orange as I type this because I ate crunchy Cheetos for lunch.