Saturday, June 23, 2012

Pen on Fire book giveaway

I did an interview with Eliza Cross for her website and we're giving a book away, so if you know anyone who would like a signed Pen on Fire sent to him/her, have him/her visit Eliza's site.

I'm leaving tomorrow for a week; we're taking Travis on vacation to celebrate his high school graduation. I'm trying to decide whether to work on my new project while we're away--not on computer but longhand, the way I write most first drafts.  What do you do when you go on vacation: forget about writing as much as possible, or chip away at a project you're enjoying?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

More on The DeMarcoPolo Show

In Gary Lycan's OC Register column, he talks about my new show. (Scan down to about the middle.)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A new show: The DeMarcoPolo Show

I've been meaning to tell y'all....I'm starting a new show called The DeMarcoPolo show. It's around the Southland with unexpected discoveries and spicy surprises, like what Marco Polo might find if he arrived in 2012 in Southern California. Well, sort of. We'll focus on Southern California people and issues concerning those of us who live here. We'll have authors, musicians, activists, teens....attitudes may be mild or controversial. it's wide open. The show will air at 5 p.m. PT on KUCI-FM, 88.9. Listen at iTunes college radio, too. Writers on Writing will continue in its usual time slot. If you know someone who would be perfect for the show, let me know. Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Hannah Barnaby and Susan Davis

Marrie Stone interviews Hannah Barnaby, author of Wonder Show, and Susan Davis, author of I Was Building Up to Something.

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(Broadcast date: June 6, 2012)

Jesse Katz and Pamela Redmond

Marrie Stone interviews Jesse Katz, author of The Opposite Field: A Memoir, and Pamela Redmond, author of The Possibility of You.

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(Broadcast date: May 30, 2012)

Sonia Faleiro and David Bezmozgis

Marrie Stone interviews Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars, and David Bezmozgis, author of The Free World.

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(Broadcast date: May 16, 2012)

Monday, June 04, 2012

Soundtracks, part 2

Monday morning, back at the memoir. I'm in tweaking/restructuring mode. And what music did I just turn on? Why, the Godfather, of course. What music do you use to trigger your mojo? I wrote about this last June, too, when I was in first draft mode--well, new draft mode anyway. I'd already wrote a draft that Sally sent out to editors who said, Like/love the writing but what's the story? I had to find the story in my massive hutch full of bizarre to interesting to sad family stories. When my brother was diagnosed as terminal and I found I was still pissed off at him, I had to forgive him fast. The book is about how you forgive the unforgivable. I didn't have a focus until that point.