Monday, April 16, 2012

Channeling Erma

You may have noticed that I haven't exactly been nurturing this blog lately.

I was doing okay until 2012 stomped its big, ugly feet into the room, but since then--not so much. It just feels like I don't have anything interesting or original to say.

(What's that? That was always true? Perhaps, but I wasn't aware of the fact, so it didn't count.)

Anyway, I'm going to try to recharge my batteries by attending the Erma Bombeck Writer's Workshop here in Daytonthis weekend, where I'll have the opportunity to take a lesson from the multi-talented Anna Lefler of Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder, and have her autograph my copy of CHICKtionary. 

And I'll maybe get to meet Connie Schultz, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer for Commentary. We're Facebook buddies, but I suspect that's a bigger deal to me than it is to her. Should I tell her I have a crush on her husband, Sherrod Brown? To the point where I give him money? That just the sound of his voice makes chills go down my spine? (Although that may be because his voice sounds like a blender seizing up. )

And maybe I'll meet Ilene Beckerman, who's my hero because she didn't start her writing career till she was nearly 60 and she went on to write a book, Love, Loss and What I Wore, that became a Broadway hit.

And maybe Alan Zweibel, who was one of the original Saturday Night Live writers.

And chat with Katrina Kittle, local author and a woman who's shown me what it means to get over rough ground lightly.

And I'll have a chance to just hang out with other people who want entertain and enlighten.

So cross your fingers that I come back ready to recommit to blogging.

(Or to throw in the towel, whichever outcome seems best to you.)


  1. That sounds really fun. But won't it be about *real* writing, rather than this charming procrastination we call blogging...? ;)

  2. I hope you share some of what your learn....I have had a very unnurtured blog myself lately.

  3. Hang in there. The weekend sounds like it could be a great recharger. I'm making a copy of the forewards in the first two books by that author who wrote a mystery for her MFA. I will send them to you.

  4. Well then I'm looking forward to your next season of writing because you are already one of my favorite bloggers. I love the way you put thoughts together, like our facebook buddy status might mean more to me then her. That's awesomely put. Stay well friend.

  5. wow! good for you!! I just know that you'll make a great comeback after that!!

  6. I don't care what you try and tell us, you're my hero and favorite comedian bloggist :)

    Always a joy to hear you talk in any voice...

  7. Erma was wonderful, I hope you enjoy the workshop!

  8. I suggest throwing in the towel. It's pretty obvious you don't have much to say unless it's about women's lib type stuff. I especially can't believe you think Sherrod Brown is hotter than Obi- Ama....especially after the way you fawned over him back in '08.

  9. Oh please, oh please don't throw in the towel baby!!!

    I'm so jealous the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop sounds like a writers blast!!! I've always adored her.

    Have the time of your life sweetie.

    God bless and have yourself a sunshiny kinda day! :o)

  10. I'm jealous - have an absolutely fabulous time.

  11. Well did you get recharged or what? You always had something to say..perhaps you are too critical of yourself..just write from the heart a conversation..I am listening:)


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