The Night I Slept With Kurt Vonnegut

Did I ever tell you this story? No? Here it is in the Huffington Post:

The Night I Slept With Kurt Vonnegut

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It was a nasty night in New Orleans. Torrents of rain–at once pounding and windswept. Filling and rising. We were sheltered, on the floor. The carpet was damp. My clothes were matted beneath me.

That night was unforgettable. But, the best part of the story happened ten years later in New York City, 2005.

It was the first day of the fall semester at The New School. I registered for a writing class as a continuing ed student. It had been over twenty years since I was in school, back then a psych major. I had recently started writing a novel (it chose me, I did not choose it) and it was time to decide what to do with this living, breathing thing that had taken over my life.

I took a seat somewhere in the middle of the tiny classroom and noticed, as the others trickled in, many of them looked like freshman. It would be hard to blend–best not do anything to bring attention to myself. continue reading

What Would MacGyver Do?

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photo by John Poulos

Don’t you just hate it when you’re grilling burgers in the backyard and because it’s late October it’s pitch black dark at 6:30 and you can’t see a blasted thing because the light on the deck just went out and you don’t have time to replace the bulb because you’ll burn the burgers and who knows if you even have those kind of bulbs and in a flash you remember the lanterns you bought right after Hurricane Katrina so that you’d be ‘prepared’ –no, wait, Katrina wasn’t our hurricane, Sandy was, yes that’s the one (though some people downgraded it to a ‘superstorm’ but you never jumped on that bandwagon, it was a hurricane if you ever saw one)

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San Francisco Book Review Gives THE MEMORY BOX 5 Stars!

Holy-pinch-myself-moment-of-the-day! The “San Francisco Book Review” gives THE MEMORY BOX 5 Stars! “… be prepared to toss that suburban fairy tale away, grab onto the steering wheel, and hope that you get through this obstacle course with all of your mental faculties . . . [the author] shows tremendous talent and courage in her creation of a powerful dichotomy, reaching beyond boundaries.” I think I’ll faint now. No, wait, first let me read it again … then I’ll faint.

THE MEMORY BOX

The Memory Box Book CoverTitle: The Memory Box
Author: Eva Lesko Natiello
Genre: Mystery, Crime & Thriller
Publisher: Fine Line Publishing
Release Date: June 25, 2014
Pages: 358

Caroline, the mother of twin girls, is not totally onboard with fulfilling the role of a stay-at-home Mom. She is particularly annoyed with Gabrielle, who has a habit of ranking other stay-at-home Moms in Lincoln Elementary School by the amount of interesting hits their names generate in a Google search. Too bad Caroline’s search for her own name results in only two boring hits, all related to the seemingly trivial contributions she has made to her community. Things go haywire with her life on the day she decides to type her maiden name into Google and finds some news that changes everything.

However, this simple tale is not exactly what the author Eva Lesko Natiello has in mind for the readers of The Memory Box, continue reading

How to Write, How to Blog or How to Craft: An Easy Tutorial

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at writing, but didn’t know where to begin? How about blogging? Or crafting? Well, it’s all here in one super easy tutorial. Check out my newest post on the HuffPo:

Easy Tutorial: How to Write, or How to Make Paper Snowball Garlands

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(Read now and receive two Bonus Features: How to Craft and How to Blog)

There are two easy steps to learn how to write. Simply put, one needs to: arrange a selection of words into a particular order. More to the point: select words and arrange them. Or, as I like to refer to it: S & A.

That’s it!

The most difficult thing about writing is knowing which words to select and what order to put them in. Once you’ve mastered that, writing can be quite rewarding and sometimes even enjoyable. continue reading