tales of a wayward yogini

Thanks to my editor, Dennis!

I’ve been looking forward to writing about my editor Dennis. Any reminisces about our efforts together are a mix of humor, horror, and in the end, understanding. What an unlikely pair we have been.  A decade younger than me, Dennis, an east coast man, spent many years as a newspaper editor. Think Ed Asner (rest in peace) on the Mary Tyler Show, picture me as Mary, and you’d be getting close to our dynamics. In Dennis’s spare time, he’s a photographer and has a BBQ business called Uncle Dempo’s BBQ. I approached Dennis three years ago with the idea of
Read More

A Tribute to Rickie

With a little luck in my corner, it seems the countdown has begun, hoping for a November book release, just in time for my birthday. Let’s not talk about age. Nothing to see here, move along. Pretty nice birthday present though, the realization of a long-standing dream of publishing a book. These somewhat surreal days of guarded anticipation make me mindful of how I arrived at this precipice, and especially who helped me get here. I’m saving my editor for one of the last posts. I sigh hard and laugh out loud thinking of our efforts together. What a mix
Read More

Tears of Joy for my First Proof

I typically write my posts about a week before they appear online. It’s now Friday afternoon, September 24, and I had planned to work on my post for next Thursday. But I’ve become a bit sidetracked, as I just received the first draft of the inside of my book from my designer Tara Price. Wow, what a thrill. It’s one thing to stare for hundreds of hours at your own words on a Word document— but quite another to see the designer’s version for the first time. I wasn’t three pages in before the tears of joy began streaming down
Read More

Dream On

The thing about realizing a dream that spans many years (like writing a book) is that by the time you finally cross the finish line, a number of the people you would have loved to celebrate your accomplishment with are no longer here. Luckily, I have new angels that have stepped up to support and encourage me. And that is truly amazing and something I am incredibly grateful for. But– I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that my heart aches just a bit when I think about some of the souls in my book that have gone to greener
Read More

Trude

When I hired my editor, Dennis, I honestly had no clue about the mechanics of writing a book. He was recommended to me by my writing coach, Renessa. And before working with Renessa, I attended one writing course in college. I never gave writing a thought, honestly, until one day about 20 years ago when my ex-husband’s Aunt Trude asked me if I would help her write about her Holocaust memories. To this day, I’m not even sure what prompted her to ask me, except I was a court reporter. I’m thinking she thought that since I worked with transcribing
Read More

Promoting my book – Part 2

As I mentioned in my prior post, Christine offered some great advice on promoting the book once it’s available. Some of the ideas we were already onto. I’ve printed postcards and bookmarks. I’ve managed to get a few shops close by to display them on their shelves, and I’ve been hitting the local info boards outside the grocery stores. The ideal thing about living in a rural area is people actually get excited about a local artist, so I’ve received excellent support from local artisans and even our small town Cool Pharmacy.  We plan to branch out in the coming
Read More

Promoting my book (Part 1)

A few years ago, I met up for happy hour with my friend Patti and one of her close buddies Christine. Patti ran the office for my dentist Gary Thodus, DDS, in San Bruno, CA. I met Dr. Thodus while waiting for a haircut with my favorite hairstylist, Karen Toro, owner of Artisan Salon in San Mateo. Whew, that’s a long trail of bread crumbs! One day a bit early for my hair appointment, I sat listening to Karen and the “doc” as I would come to think of him, talking. I was in the market for a new dentist
Read More

The Circus

In many aspects of life, I’m a believer that transparency is king. Nothing appeals to me quite like someone willing to be honest. When someone trusts me, I typically find the courage to return their gift with my own candor. But then, of course, there’s that very fine line you don’t want to cross when you realize you’ve shared too dang much! The tightrope act comes to mind (dating myself, are there still tightrope acts? I hope so. They were exciting.)  Writing reminds me of making my way across the high wire, one toe at a time, careful not to misstep.
Read More