Comments and Search Terms, or SEO Writing and Pat Smear

  SEO (Search Engine Optimized) Writing seems to be the main topic of interest that anyone ever comments about here on this little blog of mine. It’s fascinating. With all of the writing that I and sometimes my husband do about pop culture, music, theatre and the occasional recipe for canine cuisine, the one weirdContinue reading “Comments and Search Terms, or SEO Writing and Pat Smear”

You have never been in love until you’ve seen the stars reflect in the reservoirs

  Earlier this summer, I was browsing through different lists of playwriting opportunities, and I found one that reached out to me like a beacon in the dark. TEATRO MOZ,  sponsored by Real Women Have Curves Studio, is sponsoring a short play contest. Do you have a dramatic memoir about the first time you fell inContinue reading “You have never been in love until you’ve seen the stars reflect in the reservoirs”

A public service announcement regarding your health and well-being.

  ‘Tis the season for complaining about the heat, and keeping our mouths shut about one of the least fun by-products of summer: Other People’s Odor.  Sure, a little bit of someone’s musky personal scent is nice if you’re intimately involved, or would like to be. Unfortunately, this time of year means that more oftenContinue reading “A public service announcement regarding your health and well-being.”

Getting CASL to let down the drawbridge

Come see my show, come see my show, come see my show, eh? Oops, I just got fined a million dollars. In Moses Avalon’s recent article about Canada’s new anti-spam law, called CASL (pronounced “castle”), he describes a Kafka-esque or Orwellian nightmare in which bands who use a web-based form to gather their fans’ emailContinue reading “Getting CASL to let down the drawbridge”

Maya Angelou and The Rainbow Connection

Some years ago, Maya Angelou gave the commencement address at the University of Delaware, where I was an (itinerant) undergraduate.  That year, many of my friends were graduating, so I wanted to attend the giant commencement ceremony to see them, but getting to hear Maya Angelou speak was A Very Big Deal. I Know Why TheContinue reading “Maya Angelou and The Rainbow Connection”

What’s the one weird trick for absolute success?

  Dermatologists hate me! Mortgage lenders curse my name! Why? Because I know the one weird trick that will help you, yes, YOU, pay off your mortgage, get rid of your wrinkles, reduce back and belly fat, and crack your script into shape to ensure total and immediate Hollywood screenwriting success in just minutes! AllContinue reading “What’s the one weird trick for absolute success?”

The beauty of borrowing

This past Tuesday was National Library Workers’ Day, which I completely missed because I didn’t even know it was happening. It’s the first time I’ve actually been something when there was a holiday to celebrate it. Now I know. I love my job. I love helping people get access to the information they need. I’mContinue reading “The beauty of borrowing”

Recommended listening for lonely Saturdays

This morning, my friend Clarence Wethern posted on the Internet that listening to the Doctor Who Season 5 soundtrack made everything seem much more urgent and important. When I read this, I was sitting in a 7-11, waiting to be let into the library so I could start my lonely early morning work shift. Because,Continue reading “Recommended listening for lonely Saturdays”

Knock knock. Who’s there? Hamlet.

Many years ago(okay, ten or so), my brother Ted asked me to write a script for him to perform with his puppets. So I adapted Hamlet into a five-minute version for him. The script was lost, found, lost again, and now found again, so I’m putting it up here. My father says it’s terrible, butContinue reading “Knock knock. Who’s there? Hamlet.”

First prize: Seven Days in Minneapolis

A weeknight in February is not when you most want to be standing on the side of a road, in the dark, alone, in Minneapolis. Local temperatures were less than a respectable grade point average and nearing a blood alcohol count. For the first time, I opened the compass on my phone and used itContinue reading “First prize: Seven Days in Minneapolis”