I don’t write to be famous, I don’t write to be known, I write because I am and I want to be read. How sad to fill a room with paintings no one sees or play music no one hears. Writing is talking without sound, singing without score and dancing without movement and yet, it is all of them. It is a solitary art conjured from thought and expressed by the need to communicate.

HEAD SLAPS, SPEED BUMPS and LIGHTBULBS, one woman's WTF, oops and ah-ha moments of life.

They were published once, and as every writer knows, once is not enough.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ginger Ale in a green bottle

I am nine years old, sitting in the backseat of dad’s Studebaker
Station wagon. We are on our way from Elizabeth, New Jersey to Nana and Pop-Pop’s house in Norwich, Connecticut. The drive seams endless (interstate highways are not yet complete). After half a day on the road we pay a 10 cent toll over the Connecticut River, and the anticipation of being nearer Nana’s, far outweighs the hackneyed “are we there yet” my mom and dad became deaf to 15 minutes after we left.

Being almost there has my brother and me sitting straight, not slumped in our respective corners. Being almost there has him hanging over the back seat blabbering into my father’s ear, and me drumming my hands on my thighs until my mother says playing percussion is not for girls.  The anticipation of visiting my grandparents, my aunts and uncles and cousins begins to effervesce like a green bottle of all-shook-up ginger ale on a summer day. Almost there and the cap is ready to blow, almost there and I can taste the Saturday night beans and hot dogs. Sitting on the front porch after dinner with the family, (there are dozens of us), waiting for the Good Humor truck to stop, is the exclamation point to a perfect day.

I am not nine years old anymore but that bubbly feeling of being almost there feeds my (on a keyboard) drumming hands. Today, years of thought and planning and writing and months of self-editing - done. I will complete a last read-through and later today my novel is off to a first reader (many states away) that is tough, kind and beyond brilliant when it comes to books people want to read, can’t wait to read, and spend money to read.

She wants a hard copy so on my way home from the post office I will buy ginger ale in a green bottle.


  1. 2Ns, that's super-duper, totally ginger-ale-in-a-green-bottle worthy news (and I love your story!).

    1. Thanks AJ. I left a reply days ago (via my phone) and for some reason it never showed up. Duh !

  2. Hey 2Ns! Seems like it's been forever since I popped in - here I am! I loved this story to that led up to the reason you were writing about ginger ale - which coincidentally was my lifeline a year ago today.

    I can't wait to hear what your reader thinks!

    1. Well, my reader received the manuscript last Wed. and that night she messaged me that she was half way through and "absolutely loving it." WOW ! She does a quick read then goes back for a second. I'm hoping the rest of the book holds up. I'm encouraged.
      Thanks for popping in. You are one busy lady.