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Man Hands

Man Hands
It was while watching an episode of “Seinfeld” that I first heard the phrase, “man hands.” The episode, like all Seinfeld episodes, was hilarious. Jerry was dating a woman who had massive hands, and the oversized hands really stood out, because everything else about the woman was attractive and in proportion. I remember looking down at my hands while watching the show and it dawned on me that I could have played the part. Yes, I have “man hands.” They’re large, rough, and claw-like. Go to the Contact page and take a gander at my hand grasping my laptop. I told you! LOL.   I’ve always had large hands. In the fifth grade my classmates and I were introduced to the violin, and the man who was making the presentation gave our hands the once over to determine what size violin would be the right fit. He took one look at my large mitts and exclaimed, “You’ll need an adult size!” His devastating words slapped the smile right off of my face. I glanced around at the other students with tear-filled eyes, wondering if they had heard him and what they t...
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Silence is the new "no."

If I had a dollar for every rejection letter I‘ve received since I started my venture to become a published author more than a decade ago, I’d be able to quit my day job. I’ve actually become inure to rejection. But that wasn’t the case when I initially made my foray into the business. I would hold my breath and sweat boulders each time I opened an email or letter from an agent or publisher. It was beyond nerve wracking. “It didn’t grab me.” “I’m not taking on any new clients at this time.” “You need someone who’ll get behind your story, and I’m not the one.” “The writing didn’t draw me in.” “I’m no longer in the business and am launching my own novel.” “You have a great concept and your writing is strong, but I just don’t feel I can sell this one.” And so on. Now when I receive a rejection letter, I barely read it. If it starts off “Dear Author,” I know it’s a bust. What has taken me aback lately is this new style of rejection, not only in the publishing industry but in all areas of life, particularly with matters relating to entertainment. I have to give cr...
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Two Thumbs Way, Way, Up For Roger Ebert

Two Thumbs Way, Way, Up For Roger Ebert
  I remember the first time I came across the show “At the Movies.”   Bored, I was channel surfing, hoping to find something entertaining to watch. It was the early 80’s and there weren’t a thousand stations to choose from. The show featured two guys sitting in an empty theater discussing the latest film releases.   The sight of them made me chuckle for a moment, because in a strange way, they reminded me of Laurel and Hardy. Gene Siskel, Roger’s co-host, was thin like Laurel, and Roger was round like Hardy. But unlike the comedic duo, what they did on a weekly basis was no laughing matter. It was serious business and for me and countless others, they quickly became the go-to gurus when you wanted a critic’s opinion about a movie.   It didn’t take long for me to start tuning in on a regular basis, and I found myself agreeing with Roger more than I did with Gene. Perhaps it was Roger’s cool-looking specs that gave him an edge.   He just seemed wise and his analysis of what worked and what didn’t work in a movie was always spot-on. &nbs...
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On the Fast Track

On the Fast Track
  For the past twelve years, I’ve commuted from Covina to Century City and back. When I add it all up, I’ve driven 218,880 miles and have sat in traffic for 420 days—that’s more than a year. I’m LMBO right now. It’s amazing to me that I’ve covered that much ground and that I’ve sat in traffic for over a year! By the way, I’m on my third car. The first two were used and my latest is new. It’s the first new car I’ve ever owned in my life, and now that I’ve gotten a taste of what it feels like to drive new, I’ll never go back to a hooptie. Back to the numbers! At 218,880 miles, I could have driven around the world 8 times, gone to Lagos, Nigeria and back 14 times, and traveled from Los Angeles to New York and back 39 times. Did you know that there are approximately 218,000 miles of railroad track in the U.S? Yep, your girl has been on the road. I know crazy, huh. Look, I was just like you. Never in my wildest nightmares did I think I could drive that far to and from work. When I’d hear about it taking someone two and three hours to get home, I’d shake my he...
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From the Manuscript’s Mouth

From the Manuscript’s Mouth
  I can barely breathe with all these guys and gals sitting on top of me. Together they must weight a ton. I heard two women the other day chatting over Lattes, and if my memory serves me well, the one at the top’s almost five hundred pages long. Shoot, that’s almost a ream. The taller of the two women said it was really too long and that she’d only agreed to read it because someone called Senior Editor asked her to. She’s gonna be a senior by the time she gets through readin’ that tome. I’d wish she’d go ahead and pull him, because I don’t think I’m going to survive the night. Well at least I’m not in that pile by the window. It’s gotta be ten feet tall and rumor has it, that bunch’s called the slush pile. From what I gather, they crashed the joint. Nobody invited them and from the looks of things, nobody wants them either. Poor things. Lucky me, I’m in what’s called the agented pile. We’re the elite. We were requested. Yep! The people at this here publishing house got wind of our greatness via a one page letter that’s called a query and asked us to be ...
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Alice in Wanderland

  I met Alice twenty-seven years ago, and like the Alice in the 1865 novel, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” she was beautiful inside and out, with blonde hair and crystal blue eyes and a spirit that lit up a room. Over the years, Alice and her husband Mike have been my biggest fans—attending my numerous plays when I was pursuing acting and more recently, when I was producing and directing. When I discovered my purpose and passion—novel writing, they cheered me on and have never doubted once that I’d be successful. When I met my husband, I couldn’t wait to introduce him to Alice and Mike. I’ll never forget the look on Alice’s face when my husband walked into their house. She held her head back and peered up at his six-foot, three-inch frame and he looked down at her barely four-feet, eleven-inch frame and they both curled over in riotous laughter. “My you’re tall!” Alice who never failed to speak her mind, proclaimed. I couldn’t help but think that Alice had drank the same potion Alice in Wonderland drank that made her small and that my husband had ea...
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