Friday, November 30, 2012

A lion stole his camera! Twenty-Five Years of Schmoozing with Steve Somers.

A lion stole his camera! With pictures to prove it. The Lion Thief.

Even if you don't care about sports, here is a terrific story by an excellent writer, Charles McGrath, about a unique & irreplaceable sports-caster/commentator and his one-of-a-kind call-in show. As the song goes, nobody does it better. Twenty-five years of schmoozing with Steve Somers.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Grace Coddington et al: Vogue's team of rivals. The dinner party endangered? Dictionary dust-up. A cold night, a warm heart & a photo that went viral.

Team of rivals: Grace Coddington, Polly Allen Mellen & Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. Vogue editors.

Because social history matters, too. The dinner party: An endangered species.

Felony or misdemeanor? Dictionary dust-up: linguists and editors at twenty paces. OED.

A cop, a homeless man & a pair of boots. A cold night, a warm heart & the photo that went viral.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Elephants are being slaughtered for their tusks; rhinos for their horn.

 Stories like this inspired me to write Zuri. A wounded and dying Mom uses her last breaths to get help for her calf. Elephants are being slaughtered for their tusks; rhinos for their horn. Poachers growing rich from rising prices for ivory & horn, use choppers to select their targets and machine guns to kill. Against these odds, people are risking their own lives to save and protect these amazing animals. These courageous people & these threatened animals are the real-life inspiration behind Zuri.

[Links go to Amazon & Nook]

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Frazzled? Frustrated? Going Mental? 6 Ways to Beat the Breakdown

Today I'm writing about Stress, Overload & How to Cope. I wrote it especially for writers but might also apply to just about everyone during the holidays. You'll find my words of wisdom at Anne R Allen.

See you there!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Why Grace Coddington hates the word "fashionista." A Woman in the Crossfire.

I write about strong women who face and then overcome struggles. Here, from two very different worlds, are women other women admire.

She's smart, she's savvy & she's the opposite of meh. She's the Creative Director of Vogue and at 70, she became an accidental star. Now she's written a book! Grace Coddington.

A Woman in the Crossfire. She's a novelist who won the PEN/Pinter International Writer of Courage award. Is she a traitor or a woman of courage? Samar Yazbek.   (Warning: this is very tough reading at times but offers an insight into the Syrian civil war I haven't seen elsewhere.)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

He's half Anna Wintour, half Patsy from AbFab. He "hates" platforms and insists that his shoes be comfortable.


Last time the inimitable Grace Coddington, today the one & only Manolo Blahnik who just won the British Fashion Award for Outstanding Achievement. He's half Anna Wintour, half Patsy from AbFab. He "hates" platforms and insists that his shoes be comfortable.  The art and craft of Manolo Blahnik.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The incomparable Grace Coddington. She swears like a trooper and she talks back to Anna Wintour.

One of the most appealing women ever. A former model whose face was mangled in an accident and the long-time Creative Director of Vogue, she helped change the way we look & dress. Grace Coddington.

Friday, November 9, 2012

The biggest. The smallest. The longest. 9 rules of writing. 50 ugliest shoes in history.

 I had fun with these. Hope you will, too! ;-)

The biggest. The smallest. The longest. Q's & A's.

9 rules of writing from British novelist, poet, children's author  Helen Dunmore. (Plus links to lists by Elmore Leonard. Margaret Atwood. Neil Gaiman. Zadie Smith.)

50 ugliest shoes in history. OMG! Did anyone actually wear these?  Did we???? The shoe Hall of Shame.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Models, sex, private jets & the Queen. Why psychopaths succeed. Pussy Galore, James Bond & Ian Fleming.

#1 in Women Writers.  #3 in Comedy. I'm not talking about Modern Women, am I? Oh, yessss, I am!
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The son of a North London plumber on the rocket-launch to stardom + models, sex, private jets & what he has in common with the Queen. Rod Stewart.

Why psychopaths succeed. One reason: they don't procrastinate. The up side of being a psychopath.

Pussy Galore. Holly Goodhead. The time Ian Fleming tried to dump James Bond.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#1 in Comedy. #1 in Women Writers. A fabulous no-bullshit interview with the marvelous Maurice Sendak.

#1 in Comedy. #1 in Women Writers. I'm not talking about Modern Women, am I? Oh, yessss, I am!
Still 99c but that's not gonna last forever, guaranteed! ;-)

"Outrageously stupid!" He's not talking about publishing, is he? Oh, yessss he is! A fabulous no-bullshit interview with the marvelous Maurice Sendak.

Monday, November 5, 2012

#1 in Women Writers. #3 in Comedy. Writer's choice: How to write a novel in a month. (Or in 3 days.)

#1 in Women Writers. #3 in Comedy. Save 80% I've reduced MODERN WOMEN to 99c from $4.99. Get it while it's hot. Because it is! ;-) 

Writer's choice:  How to write a novel in 3 days. How to write a novel in a month.

OK, so I know it's not Bill & Monica or even Jennifer & Bradd but this is publishing we're talking about. Scandal at the National Book Awards.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Save 80%! Ernest Hemingway boozes it up. The 6 fugliest Apple products. How do you raise a prodigy?

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Today's menu:

To Have & To Have Another. Boozing it up with Ernest Hemingway.

Where were Steve Jobs & Jony Ive when these were being perpetrated? The six most hideous Apple products.

There's a genius in the family, but how do you raise a prodigy?