Marion Dane Bauer
Little Cat's Luck
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Life is a gift.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Walking outside and cooking.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Running out of stories I want to write . . . but it doesn't seem to be happening.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Arriving intact in my eighth decade, still open, still learning, still glad to be here.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. But and and.
November 11, 2015I wrote last time about revision, and I’ll return to revision here. It’s one of my favorite topics, because revision is one of my favorite activities.
November 11, 2015I love being an old lady. I love the gifts age brings every single day.
This is what rising to an old-lady day looks like: I am first up, and I motion our two little dogs into action. They tumble down the stairs ahead of me, eager for a brief encounter with the back yard, then breakfast. And while they are rejoicing in their own routine, I slip into mine: emptying the dishwasher, straightening the house, making coffee and carrying it to my partner, showering.
October 14, 2015I sold a book yesterday. Well, not yesterday-yesterday. I’m writing this in August, trying to clear uncluttered space for the longer project I’m working on, so I sold the book in my yesterday, not yours.
Not sold-sold, either. No contract. That will be months away. Certainly no advance. More months. But an e-mail to my agent saying the editor “LOVES” what... see more
October 08, 2015We are programed, each of us, to pay attention to the negative emotions, fear, anger, jealousy, sorrow. Being aware that we are afraid and tending to that fear is a matter of survival, even today. We don’t need a saber-toothed tiger waiting to pounce to justify our fear. A semi barreling toward us will do very nicely. Or a rumor that there are going to be cut-backs at the office.
But joy is another matter entirely. It comes on the breath of a spring day and is gone with the passing breeze. Tara Brach, in a recent dharma talk, recommended pausing for ten breaths when we are visited by joy.... see more