Monthly Archives: May 2013

Where do mermaids come from?

Tonight, Animal Planet will premiere, “Mermaids: The New Evidence,” the follow-up to last year’s special, “Mermaids: The Body Found.” I have no plans to watch. Indeed, I only recently learned of these mockumentaries from my niece, a self-described believer in … Continue reading

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Nancy Drew and the Mystery of Carolyn Keene

Since my admission that I didn’t always know the difference between “Lord of the Flies” and “The Lord of the Rings,” a question has arisen: What did you read as a youngster? That’s easy. During my class’ weekly visits to … Continue reading

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Hobbits are people, too

I’m reading “The Lord of the Rings” for the first time. Why am I just now getting around to it? For longer than I care to admit, I confused the work with “Lord of the Flies.” It was an honest … Continue reading

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Food for thought

One of the ways I developed the main characters of “Someone She Always Has Known” was through their relationships with food. I allowed their attitudes on eating to represent their respective approaches to life. Eleanor will eat anything and with … Continue reading

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Sweet child of mine

Of the three main characters in “Someone She Always Has Known,” I relate the least to Callie. That’s right. I have more in common with the angry and rude Eleanor and the depressed and introverted Jodie than with the warm … Continue reading

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Girl meets world

I saw Jodie – a wisp of a girl with straw-colored hair and big, downcast Bambi eyes – before I created her. That image generated her idiosyncrasies and eccentric behavior. I reckoned she was bashful and quiet. I reasoned she … Continue reading

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Take the challenge

Had I created a monster? I asked myself that question after receiving feedback from friends who reviewed drafts of my novel, “Someone She Always Has Known,” and found Eleanor’s behavior unappealing and appalling. One pal said he hoped she receives … Continue reading

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