Kim vs. the Mean Girl is FREE!!

Happy Sunday!

This is a quickie post to announce the exciting news that KIM VS. THE MEAN GIRL is FREE on Amazon and will remain at that low (can’t get any lower unless I PAID you to buy it) price through Thursday, December 14th.

KIM VS. THE MEAN GIRL is my only contemporary YA novel, but it’s also related to my adult romantic comedy BLOGGER GIRL series in that it features many of the same characters, but in high school—in the fall of 2000! This is before Facebook and smart phones. It’s retro!

For what it’s worth, my parents AND my sister told me this is their favorite of all my books. They said it’s adorable, clever, funny, and charming. My mom also used the word “brilliant.”

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These guys LOVE Kim vs. the Mean Girl!!

You should see for yourself. Did I mention it’s FREE?

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Enlisting a Street Team – Blogger Girl/Novelista Girl. You in?

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When I wrote Blogger Girl, it was meant to be a stand-alone novel, but while I was satisfied with where I left Kimmie Long and the Gang, many readers screamed, “More, More, More!” Okay, so they didn’t exactly “scream,” but the novel became an instant fan-favorite and I received many requests for a sequel. Although I was in the midst of writing How Do You Know? at the time, I decided to give readers what they wanted. And between you and me, I was pretty excited to revisit my old friends, especially Nicholas 🙂 (And if I’m being honest, Hannah and Daneen—Mean Girls 1 and 2—were super fun to write, too.)

I’m thrilled to announce that the sequel, Novelista Girl, is now with my editor and if all goes according to schedule, it will be released before the end of the year. Although we have not written the formal blurb yet, here is a brief description:

In NOVELISTA GIRL, “Blogger Girl” Kimberly Long is inspired by her new boyfriend, Nicholas, to publish her novel. When the hunt for an agent brings her unexpectedly closer to prior nemesis, Hannah Marshak, it creates tension between Kim and her BFF, Bridget. To make matters worse, Nicholas’ busy work schedule is putting a dent in their relationship. In the year when all of Kim’s dreams—romantic and professional—are supposed to come true, she’s afraid she’ll end up unpublished and all alone.

As much as folks embraced Blogger Girl, it hasn’t reached as many readers as I’d like. I would obviously like it to reach millions if not billions (trillions?)

This is where you come in:

I’m looking for readers who loved Blogger Girl and are anxiously awaiting release of the sequel to join the Blogger Girl/Novelista Girl street team. As a member of the street team, I would rely on you to share your enthusiasm for the Blogger Girl series and help spread the word that the books are worth reading. This can include posting on your Facebook pages and other social media, sharing my posts with your friends, family, colleagues etc. and maybe even screaming from the rooftops. In thanks, I would do the following for you*:

Provide you with a free advanced copy of Novelista Girl in the e-format of your choice

Advance access to scenes from the prequel, Kim and the Mean Girl, before it comes out

Free advanced e-copy of Kim and the Mean Girl when it comes out

Input into cover art

Access to a closed Facebook group exclusive to members of the street team

Assorted swag (to be determined)

*This is my first experience with a street-team so I am kind of winging it, but I’m open to requests from all members as to what you would like.

If this is something you are interested in and you are up to the task, please either comment here with your name and email address or email me pursuant to the “contact me” section of this website.

Thanks from me, Kim, Nicholas (who has been recast from Matt Long to Sam Palladio), Bridget, Jonathan, Hannah, Daneen, Rob and the rest of the Blogger Girl family 🙂

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I’m letting my books speak for themselves!

My last post was extremely personal and raw. The multitude of comments and shares suggests that it touched many readers who were able to relate. I’m glad about that, but being so open and honest is draining and I couldn’t do it two weeks in a row. So, as a change, I’m focusing this week’s post on my books and what’s going on with them. And as a treat, I’m going to let them speak for themselves:

How Do You Know? – Thanks for letting me go first even though I’m the youngest. My characters are older so that should count for something, right? Anyway, I have some exciting news to share. Only, I was told that I’m not allowed to share yet because details are still being worked out. Sorry! In the meantime, I received my 57th review on Amazon this week and it was 5 stars! Woohoo! I would really love to catch up to my older sisters so if you haven’t left a review yet, please consider doing so. Pretty please?

Just Friends with Benefits – I’ve been a best seller in the UK for several months and consistently in the top 100 on the humor list. I’m very excited to be reaching chick lit readers and fans of romantic comedy across the pond. Like a good wine, I’m getting better with age!! Be sure to read my sisters too!

Blogger Girl – I was republished by AmazonEncore last year and—

A State of Jane – so was I!

Blogger Girl – Excuse me, we were republished by AmazonEncore.

A State of Jane –  It’s very exciting to be part of Amazon Publishing. We’ve recently been included in a special promotion for members of AARP offering discounts of up to 50% off our ebooks. If you’re a member of AARP, be sure to check out Amazon.com this month for an exclusive discount just for you!! http://amzn.to/1Ha5qwA

Blogger Girl – *rolls eyes* – Since I was so rudely interrupted, I’ll also speak on behalf of my sequel, Novel Girl. Her name might change, although I’m hoping we’ll hold onto the “Girl” part since “Girl” is very hot in books right now. Anyway, my sequel (whatever its name will be) is completed and with the final beta reader. We’re hoping to send it to the editor in the next month or two for release later this year. No spoilers but there are lots of exciting developments in store for main character Kim and her friends and frenemies.

And now a word from the author:

While waiting to begin final edits on Novel Girl, I’ve started writing a prequel to the series. The working title is Kim and the Mean Girl. I’m bringing Kim, Bridget, Hannah, and Jonathan back to high school in 2000. I asked several people who were teens in 2000 what it was like, have been binge watching Gilmore Girls, and added more YA to my TBR for inspiration. I’m currently reading To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han. The writing process is fun, particularly since I’ve never written YA before and I’m also writing from both Kim and Hannah’s perspectives. I hope this novella (aiming for 100-150 pages) will appeal to lovers of chick lit AND YA. It’s already 16 pages.

I’ve come up with what I think will be the plot of the second installment of the Seeking Happily Ever After series. This book will feature Maggie from How Do You Know?‘s friend Amanda. Again, no spoilers but think The Vow meets Glee meets The Best of Me.

I’m also toying with writing a novel inspired by the relationship between me and my late boss featuring a thirty-something single city girl and the ghost of her late mentor/best friend. It will be humorous yet heartbreaking at the same time.

I haven’t decided which one, if either, to write first. If you have a preference, be sure to let me know although I make no promises. And that’s it for me and my books. Books, say goodbye to my followers.

 Books: Later, followers!!!

Shake it off. Shake it off. Managing expectations with respect to fans

When I wrote my first novel, Just Friends with Benefits, I basically winged it. I was walking to work one day when an idea for a story popped into my head. I made the decision to write a book and never looked back. I had no formal training and no experience, but the novel was pretty well received. I considered it a very positive start to my writing career and looked forward to releasing my second novel, A State of Jane.

Everyone who read A State of Jane before it was released commented on how much my writing had improved. The pacing was tighter, the story flowed easier, and the humor was sassy and fresh. I assumed if people enjoyed Just Friends with Benefits, they would LOVE A State of Jane. And many of them did. But then negative reviews came flowing in—Jane was unlikeable, the ending was not satisfying. Some preferred Just Friends with Benefits. Even though I stood by my plotting decisions, I was devastated. How could people not understand that Jane was a work in progress? How could they not appreciate the growth of her character and applaud her independence? How could they not notice how much I’d honed my skills?

My third novel, Blogger Girl, had both a “nice” main character and a more typical romantic comedy storyline. On top of that, I was still growing as a writer. If people enjoyed Just Friends with Benefits, I knew they would love my more polished but equally romantic Blogger Girl. And if A State of Jane wasn’t light and fluffy enough for them, I was certain Blogger Girl would win them over.

The reviews for Blogger Girl were by and large very good. It made it onto about ten blogger’s lists for the best books of 2013, has 111 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.5 and only one 1 star and zero 2 star reviews. For the most part, it is the fan favorite. Still, there were some naysayers, especially on Goodreads—Kim is too aggressive and full of herself. She’s so insecure! And she doesn’t do any work. One person wrote a review on Goodreads that my writing gets worse with every book. In her opinion, Just Friends with Benefits was, by far, my best book, followed by A State of Jane. She hated Blogger Girl with a passion.

*Sigh* For the love of God, who do I have to sleep with to write a book that everyone likes?

My fourth novel, How Do You Know? was released last month. I thought: this is it. This is by far the most emotional and heartfelt book I’ve ever written, and my growth as a writer is evident. My fans will be delighted! It’s got it all—sass, humor, romance, heartbreak, likeable characters. I’m as good as golden!

And then I had two bloggers who adored Blogger Girl and who enthusiastically agreed to read How Do You Know? decline to write a review because they didn’t connect with it as much as they would have liked. I appreciated their honesty and willingness to refrain from writing a review, but “ouch.” Then the doubts came flooding in. What if I am a bust at writing women’s fiction? Should I stick to chick lit? What if everyone hates this book except my mom, sister, beta readers, and publishing team? But then glowing reviews for How Do You Know? came flowing in: “Meredith’s best book yet.” “Meredith Schorr has done it again.” “I loved this book as much as her others.” My confidence soared again until I received a four star review from someone on New Year’s Eve who said How Do You Know? was engaging enough, but she liked my other books much more. Despite the four-star review, I was disappointed that it wasn’t her favorite.

And then it occurred to me that I’m a multi-published author and to expect every reader to enjoy each of my new books more than the one before is…well…expecting too much. Not to mention that unless I want my previous books to stop selling, I should hope readers will have different preferences so that there is consistent buzz for all of my books. The reality is that not everyone has the same tastes. Some readers prefer pure escapism to depth. Some people love a flawed character they can root for even as they scream at her. Others don’t want a character who might remind them of their own shortcomings. Some folks appreciate an uplifting, but realistic ending; others prefer the fairytale. Some people get a kick out of grown up characters acting juvenile and making fools of themselves. Others think it just makes them look foolish.

The good news is that between four novels, I now have something to please or offend *almost* everyone. I say *almost* because you can’t please everyone. At least, as evidenced in this blog, I have not mastered that skill yet. But as long as I continue to please people more often than not, I will be happy. I’m going to keep writing the stories that inspire me to the best of my ability—which will hopefully continue to improve with each book, even if some fans still prefer an earlier book.

farewell to 2014

This time last year, I was really looking forward to putting 2013 behind me. In 2013, I broke up with my boyfriend, my sister’s beautiful dog Gypsy passed away, and my boss of seventeen years and best friend was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Leukemia. So, despite the fact that my third novel and fan favorite Blogger Girl was released to outstanding reviews, and my debut Just Friends with Benefits was re-released by my current publisher, Booktrope, to surprisingly best-seller status, the year was pretty sucky all in all.

2014 started out much better. I began the year with a trip to California with several other authors where we talked, laughed, and drank lots of wine with the beach right outside our door. I met up with a guy I had dated several years ago and had such a wonderful time, I was certain we’d get a second chance. Best of all, my boss found a 100% match for a bone marrow transplant. Things were looking up. Unfortunately, the trip to California only lasted a few days and I returned to New York City and the Polar Vortex with a cold that lasted about four months. Despite the connection I was certain was mutual while out with the guy from my past, he kept putting off a second date until I had to assume he didn’t share my feelings. Worst of all, by far, my boss/best friend lost his battle with cancer, passed away in July, and broke my heart into a million pieces.

2014 wasn’t all bad. My publisher released an ebook collection with my three first novels on Valentine’s Day that made the Kindle Top 100; Blogger Girl and A State of Jane were re-released by Amazon Encore pursuant to an exciting licensing agreement with Booktrope; my fourth novel, How Do You Know?, was published in December, Just Friends with Benefits was released as part of a romance anthology called Blended for Love; and I am already halfway through the first draft of my fifth book, Novel Girl.

More important than “book” stuff, my friends and family really stepped up after my boss died and showed me how much they loved me. Their patience, understanding, and unwillingness to let me feel alone showed me how truly blessed I am and I will be forever grateful even while I’m still dealing with my grief on a daily basis.

I’m no mathematician, but I know that with each passing year, I will get a year older which, as those who know me are well aware, doesn’t thrill me. That being said, I am truly ready to put 2014 behind me. Although I have goals for 2015—publication of Novel Girl, possible solo trip out of the country, potential running of New York City marathon, refurnishing of my apartment—I am not making any formal resolutions. All I really want is to be happy.

Or perhaps the resolution is to figure out what it is that makes me happy and go after it.

Thanks to all of you for keeping up with my blog this past year. I hope I have entertained you with my life and book updates. Happy New Year to you all and see you next year!

Happy Publication Day to How Do You Know?

It’s finally arrived! Today is the official release day of my fourth novel, How Do You Know? Although I love all of my book babies equally, this book is especially close to me as its themes are extremely relevant to where I am in life. I believe the book will resonate with so many women—single, in a relationship, or “it’s complicated” alike. I sure hope I’m right!

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What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach? On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn’t look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding toward her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary “break” from her live-in boyfriend results in a “break-up,” Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn’t always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.

 

“If Doug isn’t “the one,” am I wasting time that should be spent on finding the man who is? And at almost forty, has that window already closed? Is passionate love only available to the young?

I know I will have to work through my feelings eventually, but it’s not something I want to do on my birthday. The truth is I absolutely want to get married. I’m just not certain I want to marry Doug.

But my heart also aches at the thought of losing him.”

Buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OGQII9E/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0D67KXN7041J840S7M6E&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846

Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Know-Seeking-Happily-Ever-After-ebook/dp/B00OGQII9E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1416414201&sr=1-1&keywords=how+do+you+know%3F

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-do-you-know-meredith-schorr/1120809409?ean=9781620155875

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The Cat is out of the Bag – title/blurb/cover reveal

The time has finally arrived for me to share the title, cover, and blurb for my fourth novel and I couldn’t be more excited.

Title: How Do You Know?

Genre: Women’s Fiction—-

This is the first book in my new series: Seeking Happily Ever After. Each novel will feature a different character and stand on its own.

Blurb:

What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?

On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn’t look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding towards her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly-aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary “break” from her live-in boyfriend results in a “break-up,” Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn’t always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.

Although How Do You Know? shares the humor and sass of my previous novels, it tackles deeper issues as well. I am a life-long devotee to the genre of chick lit and will continue to do my part to keep the genre alive and kicking, but I had a wonderful time delving into uncharted territory in my first women’s fiction novel.  I hold this book very dear to my heart and hope it resonates with a wide audience.

The novel is officially being released on December 2nd.

Please remember to add it to your Goodreads “To-Read” Shelf 🙂

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23365751-how-do-you-know

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book birthdays, book trailers, book publishing deals: Oh My!

My blogs for the last two months have been depressing, I know. That’s because I’ve been depressed. Sorry 😦  Despite continuing to cope with sadness over losing my closest friend, there are some wonderful things happening on the book front. My friend would chastise me if I was too busy missing him to properly celebrate the positive in my life. He was constantly urging me to smile more and be happy. As a result, my blog this week will focus on all good things. Hooray!

First off, my debut novel Just Friends with Benefits is celebrating two birthdays this month. You might be asking how one book can have two birthdays. The answer is that the book was originally published by Wings ePress on September 1, 2010.  After requesting the rights back, it was re-released by my current publisher Booktrope on September 2, 2013. Woila—two birthdays! I’m thrilled to report that since being re-published, it has sold over 12,000 copies! In honor of the birthday(s), my publisher is reducing the price of the ebook to 99 cents on all platforms from September 8th to September 13th. Spread the word if you can.

Happy Birthday to my Book Baby!

Happy Birthday to my Book Baby!

Secondly, my friend and fellow author Erin Cawood created this adorable trailer for Blogger Girl with her production company On the Edge Fiction and it’s currently live on Youtube:

Check it out!

Thirdly, we have a publication date for my fourth novel—December 2, 2014! I’ve already been through the first round of edits with my editor, Ally Bishop. At the same time, my cover artist, Loretta Matson, is working tirelessly on creating an amazing cover with the input of my rockstar book manager, Jennifer Gilbert. I’m offering comments and opinions as well, but with those two on my team, I know my cover is in the best possible hands. I can probably reveal the title of the book at this point, but I think I’ll wait for a future blog post. I need to give you a reason to keep reading 🙂

Finally, I have big, huge, COLOSSAL news to share. Last week my publisher, Booktrope entered into a new business relationship with Amazon, beginning with a mutual licensing deal that deepens Booktrope’s ties with Amazon to a much more significant degree. As a result of this deal, Amazon will reissue the ebook versions of A State of Jane and Blogger Girl under Amazon’s Imprint.  I’m so honored that two of my books were included in this deal that also affects 13 other Booktrope titles, including Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin, Next Year I’ll Be Perfect by Laura Kilmartin, and Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann—three books I adored. I hope this new development will mean big things for all involved and, of course, more book sales! If you would like to learn more about this new relationship, here is the link to the official Booktrope announcement: http://booktrope.com/2014/09/05/breaking-news-booktrope-and-amazon/

That’s all for now. Thank you for your continued support of my writing and I will keep you posted as this unfolds!

Booktrope Books and Bubbles Binge Giveaway!

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Together with fellow Booktrope authors Gale Martin and Laura Kilmartin, I’m excited to offer this fantastic giveaway to one lucky winner:

A signed paperback copy of my novel Blogger Girl, Gale’s novel, Grace Unexpected  and Laura’s novel, Next Year I’ll be Perfect (a brief synopsis for each book can be found below), lavender chamomile bubble bath, relaxing lavender foam bath, and patchouli and sweet orange foam bath, a lush lavender bath scrubbie, and a $10 Amazon gift card. Total value is $95–all mailed to you by December 25th.

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Instructions on how to enter follow my post below on my favorite ways to unwind!  

I get stressed out often. I think I might have been born with anxiety! When I was younger, I worried about my grades in school, whether the mean girls would be nice to me in class, if a certain guy would talk to me etc. These days, I stress over how much I need to do and how little time I have to do it. How can I keep up with my full time job while trying to write a fourth novel and promote three others?  When am I going to have time to exercise, spend time with friends, catch up on sleep, run my errands etc.?  And I’m single and very much hoping to find that special someone to spend my life with and I worry that I never will or that I already did and lost him. Calgon, take me away!

Ok, I probably just gave away my age, but let’s just agree that I do not live a stress-free existence. But, really, who does? It’s just not possible in this day and age and so all we can do is manage our stress and take time to decompress whenever we can. These are some of my favorite ways to wind down:

Sleeping – Sometimes the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning is when I will be able to get back in bed! I cherish those nights when I get cozy under my sheets, curl myself into the fetal position and close my eyes for as long as my body requires it without the necessity of setting my alarm.  There is something so special about having nowhere to be in the morning and knowing that I can stay in bed the entire next day if I want. I usually don’t, but having the option is simply fantastic!

Writing – believe it or not, writing is my best escape from my real life issues. I get so lost in my characters that I truly forget my troubles.

Running – Running truly clears my head and when I get in my groove and achieve a runner’s high, it’s glorious.

The above are some of the ways I like to unwind but my absolute favorite is a “me night” involving me, a glass (or 2) of wine, take-out or delivery from my neighborhood sushi restaurant and “girly” television/movies. I particularly enjoy watching the series finale of Sex and the City on DVD or a marathon of Felicity or one of my favorite chick flicks like Bridget Jones’s  Diary, When Harry Met Sally or 13 Going on 30.  It’s especially awesome after writing 1000 words of my WIP, running 11 miles and knowing that I don’t have to wake up early the next morning  🙂

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For your chance to win the amazing prize described above, enter the Rafflecopter drawing here:

The contest is open from December 5th-December 15th!

About the books:

Blogger Girl – Kimberly Long has two passions: her successful chick lit blog and Nicholas, her handsome colleague down the hall. But when her high school nemesis pops onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book and eyes for Nicholas, Kim has to make some quick revisions to her own life story.

Grace Unexpected – When her longtime boyfriend dumps her instead of proposing, Grace vows the sexless Shaker ways. She appears to be on the fast track to a marriage proposal…until secrets revealed deliver a death rattle to the Shaker Plan.

Next Year I’ll be Perfect – Sarah’s discovery of a list her younger self put together outlining what she wanted to achieve by the age of 30 turns her world upside down.

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writing whore

I am stating publicly that I am not a slut. I know some of my friends and family are shocked by this admission. Ok, not really. There was a period of time when I was somewhat of a kissing bandit, but I’ve never been a “slut” in the regular sense of the word. I am, however, a writing whore.

My love of writing began with emails to clients at my first law firm. Actually, I lied. I wrote a song when I was about three years old that my parents still sing back to me sometimes. Thinking back, as a counselor in camp, I also wrote songs for color war. I suppose I was hit by the writing bug earlier than I thought…

Anyway, back to emails to clients – my favorite assignment was reporting the preliminary availability of trademarks for use and registration to clients. Fascinating stuff, really.

Then I started drafting witty departure emails when colleagues/friends left my place of business.

Partners at my old law firm used to send “victory” emails to the entire firm *humbly* giving their fellow partners/associates credit for winning million dollar cases knowing full well that said fellow partners/associates would send a counter email directing the credit back to the partner. I used to write my own victory emails for lesser wins, for example, obtaining a Certificate of Trademark Registration for a client. Of course, I did not send my emails to the entire firm.

When “work” related writing was no longer enough, I dabbled in children stories. I wasn’t very good at it and so I began blogging about dates, family and other personal information. I was very good at this, but become paranoid and stopped. Then one day on my walk to work, I decided to write a novel. I finished that novel, started a second one, finished a second one and have now started writing a third.

But it doesn’t stop there.

I also write book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and restaurant and bar reviews on Yelp. (In fact, I was just given Yelp “Elite” status – woot woot!) Basically, if it can be written, I probably want to write it.

Although I guess I always enjoyed writing, I wasn’t always a writing slut. In fact, my sister Marjorie wrote the speech for my Bat Mitzvah. She also wrote one of the speeches I gave in High School for my mandatory Public Speaking class on pet peeves. As the youngest of three children from a broken home, I was pretty spoiled by my sisters. I wouldn’t change a thing about that and suppose I could have milked it throughout my adult life. I probably do in some respects but I guess the slut in me was destined to come out. The writing slut that is. As for the other type of slut, hopefully in my next life 🙂