Smoke: Tales Between Dark and Light

  • August 29, 2016
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The Penheads have a new anthology coming out soon!


Five diverse writers cover the same theme with wildly different takes on it. Horror, urban fantasy, lesbian romances, and contemporary fiction wrap up in the nebulous aspect of…smoke.

Stay tuned!

Carmel Berman Reingold

  • August 22, 2016
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My beloved aunt, writer Carmel Berman Reingold, passed away this weekend. I found this interview and wanted to share:

Everyone Should Go To Puppet Theater

  • August 15, 2016
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Albert—The Interactive Children’s Musical (based on the book by Donna Jo Napoli) was a fun experience. Performed by Omar Prince and Alex Ishkanian (who cowrote it with Scott Test), it’s a story with a powerful lesson about fear and transformation.

Yes, I went. No, I didn’t bring any children. In my opinion, everyone should attend puppet theater. It’s a chance to be reminded of a simpler way of having fun and learning a message or two. Add in a strong actor who can sing well and a puppeteer with the ability to bring multiple characters to life and it’s a good experience.


But I had to make a decision. I could either be a spectator, snapping pictures and trying to get the best shots for this entry, or I could just take a few and immerse myself in the show. I chose the latter, which is why I don’t have any photos of one of the best (and funniest) characters in the show—a black cat with a sense of entitlement every cat owner would recognize.

Audience participation was expected (this was aimed at young children but I think the grownups enjoyed dancing in their rows just as much) and I admit to yelling out answers right along with everyone else.

You can find out more at

Albert, by Donna Jo Napoli, with illustrations by Jim LaMarche, is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.



Cooking Magic: A Night at the Natural Gourmet Institute

  • August 08, 2016
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I’m not a vegan, but I was looking for something different, something tasty and out of my comfort zone. So off I went with a friend to enjoy a dinner that was developed and executed by chef’s-training-program students under the supervision of Chef Elliot Prag at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City.

The One Thing You Do After You’ve Published Your Novel

  • August 01, 2016
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Get a Massage


No, I’m not kidding. It took me two weeks straight to pull every final detail together so that I could get my book ready for publication (final proof, formatting for ebook and then reviewing them both) and I was wrecked at the end. Not to mention starting the process to make my ebook available on other venues and begin the process for audiobook. But that’s a different story.

Get a massage. Today I took my own advice and splurged on an aromatherapy massage with reflexology. Ninety minutes of bliss. I had no idea how tense and stressed my muscles were but now I know how my cat feels after I’m done massaging him.

Okay, it doesn’t have to be a massage. But you finished a gigantic project, a unique piece of work that no one else has done. Reward yourself with something meaningful, something that lifts your spirits after a job well done.



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