• The Story Behind the Book

    Just Another Week in Suburbia: The Publishing Journey ~ Part 2

     Note: None of what follows is intended as a criticism of publishers. These are just my experiences, as well as my views as a result of those experiences. I’ve never wanted to tee off at a publisher or journal because of a rejection – even when rejections were the end of the world for me. I understand and appreciate that’s the business. This is just an account of how things happened and what I felt.   I once got a rejection from a major publisher that opened, “Dear Leo”. Leo. The rest of the rejection was form – a generic knockback to which they simply add your name. It’s simple,…

  • Prudence

    Prudence: Epilogue

    When Holly walks in, she is amazed how I seem truer than I was before – the fire has eviscerated the façade, and what remains is the character. Others don’t feel it. But she does, although she is not sure what to make of it. A flood of emotions overwhelms her – memories of that fateful night, what happened to her, and what she tried to do. It has been six months – six months in which many deliberated what would be done with me. Some argued I should be knocked down. Others insisted I was an institution and such treatment was sacrilegious. The debate raged back and forth, but…