Monday, January 2, 2017

On New Year's resolutions...

I'm sitting here on January 2nd thinking about New Year's resolutions. What can I say? I procrastinate.

Anyway, I typically don't make resolutions unless they are ridiculous and nearly impossible to achieve. That way I can scrap them without damaging my already fragile self-esteem. Brilliant, right?

For example, one year my resolution was to join a Mummer's Band and march in the next Mummer's Parade. Technically not impossible, but definitely ridiculous because I can't stand the Mummers. That was one resolution that was easily jettisoned. Another year, I vowed to give up chocolate.  Oh, please.

So why, you ask, do I bother to make resolutions I know I can't keep? Ones I know I'm going to break almost immediately?

I guess I get caught up in the whole excitement of change. The "Be who you want to be (or who you think you should want to be), not who you are" thing. The More Interesting, Thinner, Kinder, Prettier, More Fabulous Me. And then I realize I should like who I am, in spite of myself. (Think Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett.)

Not that I should always be completely satisfied with myself, but that change should come from true self-reflection and a genuine desire to be a better person, not because the calendar flipped to the next year. Not because everybody else is doing it.

So this year I resolve to take stock in who I am every day (or at least once a week) and see what small changes I can make to be a truly better, kinder, happier person.

Either that, or I will learn how to ride miniature ponies sidesaddle.

Friday, November 11, 2016

10 Positive Things About A Trump Presidency

I've been feelin' kinda down since election night, I won't lie. So in order to keep myself from jumping off the closest bridge, I've  come up with...

10 Positive Things About a Trump Presidency

1. Pennsylvania’s own James Buchanan will no longer be ranked as the Worst President Ever.

2. Orange really is the new black.

3. Yes, world. We DO have a sense of humor.

4. The adjective “very,” long frowned-upon by grade school teachers everywhere, will make a huge comeback.

5. We win, North Korea! There is now a world leader more crazy and unpredictable than Kim Jong Un!

6. Graffiti artists everywhere, rejoice! There will soon be a 1,989-mile wall to paint on.

7. The White House gets brand new gold-plated toilets.

8. Vladimir Putin is the recipient of the other half of a silver-plated Best/Friends heart necklace from Claire’s.

9. Hoffman-LaRoche, makers of Valium, will rake in huge profits. 

10. There won’t be a Donald Trump reality show for at least four years.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Back in the blogosphere after a long absence... thanks for finding me.

Since I've been gone, I've written two young adult novels, one under the name S.K. Adams and one under Sadie Adams. I'm currently looking for an agent to help me find a publisher for them.

Call it a split personality, but I've always enjoyed writing vastly different kinds of books, in this case, thrillers as S.K., and light-hearted contemporary novels as Sadie.

Both genres captured my heart when I was a teenager. I spent uncountable hours reading Robin Cook, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, and V.C. Andrews, as well as Judy Blume, Lillian Hellman and every "trashy" romance novel I could get my hands on.

So I guess it was only natural to want to write anything and everything!

I had some success as a writer of adult fiction, but I always dreamed of writing great stories for teenagers, too. You never forget the impact great books have on your life, and if I am able to take just one person away to a different place, if only for a few hours, I'll consider it a win.

I've started a new S.K. Adams book, and have another Sadie Adams percolating, so check back every now and then to see what's happening.