On Writing a Book: Editing


On April 15th I submitted the first draft of my manuscript- 75,000 Microsoft words that expose my crazy in print. Writing that draft was overwhelming. cathartic and satisfying. I put 27 years on paper. All of the vulnerability, the awkwardness of growing upward and growing outward, every last embarrassment, the proud moments, the times I…

Read More »

Nearing the book deadline


Friends, the book- that memoir manuscript I’m clickety clicking away on my computer- it’s due this Sunday, April 15th. Appropriately Tax Day, when I’ll have been sufficiently emotionally and physically spent. The book- all weight loss and body struggles and love of food- it won’t be published until next spring, March or April of 2013….

Read More »

Day 1 in San Jose, Costa Rica


This morning at 4am, I blew into Boston Logan airport. One 20” carry on duffle One backpack my precious laptop, three dayglow bathing suits, metallic sandals, a tank top or two, four sundresses, 54 malaria pills, and my most recent read: “The Bedwetter” by Sarah Silverman. All for two and a half months of living…

Read More »

On writing a book: Part 1


During my loss of 135lbs and then years into maintenance, I *granted myself a doctorate in nutrition, in dieting memoir and self help. I read every book, spent four dollars on every magazine, and joined every group that promised they’d support me. I met fascinating people and heard stories and takes on life and loss…

Read More »

Why I Eat Bagels


Every Saturday morning you’ll find me with a grande Americano with extra vanilla soymilk from Starbucks, never more than four inches from my right hand… and a bagel, toasted as tan as is safe by toaster standards, spread with reg’lar ol’ cream cheese from Noah’s. No need for special ‘structions, other than the gentle reminder…

Read More »

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie


Let’s say, purely for instance, that you decide to write a book. Let’s note that one very large, oh so very in charge, publishing house contacts you because they’d like, well, they must, be a part of it. Let’s also say, again for instance, that the book then goes to auction with 20 eager publishers…

Read More »

What I miss from 135lbs ago…Part 3


Read part 1 here and part 2 here What’s the moral here? What’s the matter with missing 135lbs? With letting every one of them go completely and asking, gently, that they never come back? It’s not you, it’s me. The matter is that, fat or thin, big or bitty, I’ll always be both. No, I…

Read More »