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3 exciting things happened yesterday: First, I was given 2 free umbilical cord clamps (you know–that plastic doo-hickey) by a hospital clerk. Granted, this was after handing over $105 to have all my instruments sterilized, but still — one doesn’t need to be a novelist to read the clamps as a promise of the wonderful […]

The Penguin and I: The Final Post

Where was I? Ah, yes, having talked a bit about each of the main characters over the course of the week, it’s time for the Sima’s Undergarments for Women, wine pairing menu. To backtrack briefly:  while on tour for the hardcover release of Sima last winter, I found myself reading at a boutique wine shop […]

The Penguin and I, day 3

Yesterday, I wrote about how interesting it’s been for me to listen to reader’s reactions to Sima, who they tend to love or hate. As for Lev, Sima’s husband, the reaction is more consistent: for the most part, readers adore him. Personally, I don’t always buy it. I mean, don’t get me wrong: of course […]

Blogging for Penguin, day 2

Sima’s Undergarments for Women opens with breasts. “Sima surprised herself by blushing at the round perfection of the young woman’s breasts,” it reads. “For thirty-five years, after all, breasts had been her business.” Over the next 13 lines, I detail them. By this point in Sima’s publishing career I’ve done lots and lots of readings: […] and me

As promised/heralded/previously announced, I’m blogging for Penguin this week. Below is the beginning of today’s blog, with a link to the full-meal deal. More to follow, really this time, because they asked and I told them I’d do it and so set the alarm for 5:30am and, voila, it’s amazing what committed deadlines can do […]


Blog currently on hiatus while I finish my midwifery training (April 4th, and counting down), but stay tuned for the June publication of Sima’s Undergarments for Women: The Paperback, forthcoming from Penguin Press….


So I started reading a book. A real book. Actually, it started shortly after I posted about how I don’t read anymore because blah blah being a midwifery student is so busy. And I thought, really? Really really? Because I love reading. It defines me, or used to. And I thought, what about my daughters? […]

Bette Midler?

Do you know Bette Midler? A friend of my former editor — my fabulous former editor, who is fabulous because she thinks of things like this even though Sima has a new home for paperback production — suggested that although Bette Midler has retired from movie-making (something about loving Las Vegas live?) she might have […]

The Thousand Words Picture

Sima at the equator. That’s THE Equator. Really. It’s strange how proud of her this makes me.


I scrubbed in on a day of gynecological surgery. Or as they say in the biz, “Guy-knee.” Which was awesome. Truly awe-some: I had no idea intenstines were so beautiful. And don’t get me even started on the fimbriae , who hang out like sea-creatures, translucent tentacles gently waving as they await their chance to catch the egg […]