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Diana Hansen-Young
New York City
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From the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, it's an extraordinary word that defines that feeling that comes over you in a subway, or on the street sometimes. I've never seen a word for it, until now. What a great, great word. sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
So in the middle of the night, there's a commotion in the ceiling. I hear romping and running. The cats try to jump up to the ceiling. They abandoned that attempt, and sit, staring intently, their ears kind of rounded, to take in all the noise. My guess would be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
when they're faced with making a plot choice. It's either barrel through, or quit and clean the refrigerator. So here's the affirmation for all you writers who have Plot Hell or other kinds of Writing Anxiety, Unspecified. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
And I'm brain dead. Death By Site Building. Go and see if it works. Beta test it for me. Enjoy the downloads, and let me know if it goes haywire. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
Never mind. Smudge, star of Cats In Hats, is doing it for free. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
They're here! LLAMAS IN DRAMAS and PIGS IN WIGS (Below the Llamas). They're on AMAZON and other online booksellers, as well as in selected bricks and mortar stores. Boy, did I have fun doing these. More to follow! Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
I went to Thrillerfest a few weeks ago in NYC and was privileged to take a fantastic class from Gayle Lynds, hear Daniel Silva lecture about writing thrillers, and get some personal help from Joseph Finder refining my pitch about the mystery I'm writing ('ll share that later) Here's the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
So yesterday I'm on a long conference call with my agent about the two new coloring books coming out this fall. I'm sitting at my desk when my two cats rampage by, chasing two small mice, right over my bare feet. I stifle a scream and jump up on the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
Every spring, I look outside my Brooklyn window, and see a brief explosion of white blossoms. For a few days, I am surrounded by a magical curtain that turns lime green as leaves replace petals. "It wasn't really so/but it seemed to me/ Popcorn Popping On The Apricot Tree" I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
Cover model Smudge rushed over to check out his photo. He approves. He naps. He tweets: BUY BUY BUY I NEED SHRIMP, NOT KIBBLES. Amazon, folks. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
The Statue of Liberty saw the crowds and the hate signs and thought she was watching the Hungarian Prime Minister speaking to the Refugees. . . and then she realized it was crowds in her own country. . . . . . and she cried. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
He shows up every August, eating melting have ice which drips onto his clothes and down the steps. . . Plus -- I see there are at least half dozen visitors from Brazil! Olá Brasil bem-vindo ao meu blog! Email me and let me know what's happening in the lower... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
"I'm The Only Living Boy In New York City. . . here I am. . . " He got the lyrics wrong. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
. . . and so I wake up and they've left a gift for me, fruits of their hard-earned labor, all night long, two cats who brought forth a mouse. And they settle in to see how I like it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
Can you hear the people sing/Singing the song of angry men? Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
last night, but this time when he woke up, blood was coming out of his. . . whatever. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
But who is on whose menu? It's a standoff. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
A Pueo has short ears. Still, I was thinking about the pueo who lived on our farm way up in the hills in Kahalu'u. The road had no streetlights; if I came home late, pueo would come and swoop and glide in front of the headlights, leading me up the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
Someplace East of the Sun and West of the Moon, where every horn, antler, tusk and head is restored, and the lamb lies down with the lion. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
Did Walter James Palmer learn his beheading skills from Isis? Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
So I'm at dinner at an upscale "diner" and the special is Chilean Sea Bass, which is tasty, if indeed it IS Chilean Striped Sea Bass, but the "special" price make me suspicious, so I ask the waiter: Is this really Chilean Striped Sea Bass? I rarely ask Fine Dining... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young