“Twice now I’ve written books that began as presents to people I loved….” –Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
The vast majority of my writing is still unknown. That’s because from 2008- 2013 I worked for Chet Holmes International, a Tony Robbins Company as a marketing campaign designer and ghost writer. I wrote hundreds of articles that spanned 125 different industries and none of them were in my name.
The best part of that was that it taught me how to mimic pulp speed to a deadline and get the job done. The worst part is how ephemeral all that work can be when companies go out of business and take down their websites.
My ambitions are elsewhere anyway and my writing portfolio since then, especially in regards to web articles and short stories reflects that.
- Interviews, newsletter copy, and articles for Gilda’s Club Westchester, Catholic Charities- Queens & Brooklyn, Covenant House, Habitat for Humanity NYC, and Freedom from Hunger.
- Quarterfinalist in Screencraft’s 2017 Cinematic Short Story Contest. My submission: I Didn’t Send My Regrets.
- In 2017 I compiled five years of annual short stories into a slim volume I called, Not Feeling It: A Collection of Not So Happy Holiday Stories. This beloved first was imperfect and sold under a hundred copies and I will love it forever. That’s why it’s still available in my sidebar.
It’s my goal to take selected chapters from my memoir and submit them to narrative short story contests and as articles in magazines. As my husband says, “poco y poco.” Little by little. Bird by bird.