Note: I took a chance and submitted the following required two-minute entry in the contest to speak at my recent Bay Path graduation. I was not selected, but am proud of what I wrote and want to share it - a perk of having a blog! When I received the email about the Speaker competition, … Continue reading A Bit Uncomfortable
Proving Them Right
If you ask my family and friends, or my MFA advisor, Leanna James Blackwell, if they ever doubted I would graduate, I bet they’d all say, “Linda?! I never doubted it for a second. She’s capable of whatever she sets her mind to.” Really? Don’t they remember how many times I almost quit? When I … Continue reading Proving Them Right
Once in a while, my friend Patty Sullivan and I got to ride the bus to Springfield, or “downstreet” as my Mom used to say. Patty’s family didn’t have a car, so they knew the bus routes and my parents thought we were old enough for the adventure. Forbes and Wallace, and Steiger’s, were multi-floor … Continue reading Support Community
This is How it Happens
Launch meeting: The first presentation by an editor of forthcoming titles to the marketing and sales staff. The first step in defining the publisher's seasonal list, these meetings enable editorial, marketing, sales, and production staff to discuss the marketing and production requirements for each title. Based on the launch meeting presentation and discussion, the marketing … Continue reading This is How it Happens
“Who do you think you are?” I remember my Dad asking. “You’re just going to get married and have babies.” Most of the details are fuzzy—it’s been almost forty years since I was in college—but I remember being offered an internship at a magazine. In New York City. I was so excited I was levitating. … Continue reading Gal Friday
I have enjoyed writing for most of my life, in my diary as a kid and then in composition and journalism courses in college, but I have always viewed it as more of an interest, not how I defined myself. I wasn’t “a writer.” In my paid professional life, I’ve written copy that has bolstered … Continue reading Writer?
Run, don’t walk.
This is a placeholder for new blog content. I don't know what I'm going to write about yet, but this will be the first post in a very long time - better make it good!
One day at a time
“You are cancer-free. Go live your life.” It’s been almost a year since Dr. Asik said the words I longed to hear. To bring you up to speed, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December 2018, and had chemotherapy infusions from January through May 2019. Always positive-minded and goal-oriented, I started my journey with … Continue reading One day at a time
I may have started celebrating too soon
I haven’t posted in a while, because to be perfectly honest, I just didn’t have it in me. What I did have in me was a lot of chemo drugs and a bad attitude. Some of you have heard the live updates of what has transpired over the last month. But most of you have … Continue reading I may have started celebrating too soon
No news, no plan B
Every day is a new adventure on this cancer journey. Due to a last minute cancellation, I was able to have the four-month PET scan yesterday, rather than Thursday, when it had originally been scheduled. The scan techs told me to expect the results in 24-48 hours. Today was chemo. I gave the nurses a … Continue reading No news, no plan B