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didaink is my pen name and a place where I can indulge my love for writing and story.
Interests: food and laughter with friends, more food, then more laughter and a second margarita (straight up, please), music that gives me goose bumps, stories ripened or old, travel to and from anywhere (but particularly places that have AC and oversized bath tubs), smiling long and wide, sleeping long and late, tiramisu, throw pillows, pineapple, hot sauce, crunchy warm baguettes smothered with butter and blackberry jam... and, let's see... gorillas, komodo dragons, koalas, prickly tickles, tummies that bulge or jiggle, and sharing erroneous personal information ;-)
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“Can you call me back?” she asked that afternoon. “Sure, Mom. I’ll call you back,” I said. I never spoke to her again. Six days later, Mother’s Day arrived. We were going to spend it together because that’s what we’d... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at didaink
I admit it, I've never kept up with the Kardashians. My teenage daughter hasn't either, but she does admire Kourtney Kardashian for keeping up with reality and bringing her younger sister back down to it with her iconic "Kim, there’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at didaink
Several years ago my young son asked me, "How many more days until we die?" It was bedtime and he was experiencing the pain and helplessness of grief for the first time. Washington Post's On Parenting publication To escape his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at didaink
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Posted Feb 15, 2018 at didaink
How's the weather in Heaven? And the food? By all reports, it must be heavenly. It's raining again in Pennsylvania. Yep, Pennsylvania. This is finally home, but it's the kind of "home" that feels like a houseboat drifting out to... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at didaink
Women's March on Washington D.C. © didaink 2017 They could have been sisters with Officer Henkelman, if not twins, and when I asked if they were, they shook their heads no but smiled. Still, they felt like sisters. Perhaps it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at didaink
“As a mother and friend, I would do anything to help my child and save him,” wrote Joni Magnus-Ramsey, a close family friend of Brock Turner’s parents on a now defunct financial support page on Facebook. I am a mother... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at didaink
Dear Superintendent Kolwe, As media outlets continue to run with the story surrounding Amite High School’s treatment of Valedictorian, Andrew Jones, which prevented him from his graduation ceremony because of chin hair, I wonder how long it will take you... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at didaink
The first time I heard Under Pressure I was a sophomore in high school. 1981. The bass line. The scat. The lyrics -- a love letter to the world, written just for my generation and for me, this I still... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at didaink
I chose to drive his car fast in the rain so I'd be there when he woke. I chose honesty because of all the lies I breathed and spoke. I chose dogs and cats and mice and Latino men in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at didaink
I go to Facebook to connect with people I've lost physical contact with over the years. I've had to move several times across the country and life has drastically changed for me since I left California. I connect on Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at didaink
I listen to the melody and pretend I am playing your piano as I write this. My fingers move across the keyboard the way yours once did over the keys of your baby grand, the span of your fingers reaching... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at didaink
25,200 words short. The equivalent of 50 pages I haven't written in three week since my fall and my house is still dirty. Yeah, so.. what are you going to do about it? Does writing a daily acrostic count? No, Ma'am, it does not. Well, it has given me a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
I vowed to finish my blog time before 11:30pm and it's now 11:45 and I am now just starting to put down my progress or lack thereof today. These last few days have really kicked my behind and I finally realize that I have to learn how to use Scrivener,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
The Mamas and The Papas hit the nail on the head. "Monday, Monday, so good to me," but being a Mama or a Papa trying to write a novel on the weekends? Uh... gonna need one more day in there somewhere. It's 1:20am and I'm just finishing my work for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
223 words today. That's it. All dialogue. Dialogue that I've been putting off because, well, I had to invent it, fit together fragments without revealing too much, show how the two main characters react to a planned surprise. Two people in their infancy together, noticing details about the other that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
Here comes the weekend and I’m not ready. I’m still way below my word count for the week and I know the weekend will be busy with the kids home and, oh yeah, there’s that other relationship I need to nurture. That 26-year one. My poor husband hasn’t seen too... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
I won't. But, eventually I will find out. A well-known writer, though, once told me to find myself a go-to person, someone who would be my person, someone I could trust to tell me the truth about my work. I had asked this author at his seminar, “But, how will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
I'm way behind in my daily writing goal, not even sure how many words I've failed to write these last four days, but I know it's quite a bit. I remain tall, though, and steady as I look ahead to the winding path in the woods, beyond the calm water... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
The Way We Were has always been my favorite movie of all time, with the possible exception of Roman Holiday starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. What does this have to do with progress on my novel? Hmmmm. Very good question. Rosh Hashanah brought to mind one of my favorite... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
I got some sleep. I didn't get the Tums because I realized what I need more than Tums or potatoes or meat is more sweet, just not in the form of extra pastry cream and sugar but in that other form I'd forgotten about: kindness, forgiveness, compassion. And so I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
It's 3:10am and I'm beyond bloated and wide awake ~ again. Less than three hours of sleep since my head hit the pillow at 1:00am. I had to make him Julia Child's stupid stew. It was all so romantic and clever when it started out yesterday morning.. I'd pop down... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
At 9:45 last night, after the kids were finally in bed, I started my usual getting ready dance, reading and rereading all of my linear chapters, not knowing the right door to pick to get back in. There's just so much work to do, so many layers to consider, so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
The wave is coming and I can hear the owls in the backyard. It's four in the morning but here I sit at my desk. Ready or not? No, let me retype that: "Ready!" I've got to jump on because if I don't ride this wave coming over me in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
C-anopied by a smoky-blue midnight A-ngels crack through the beaming oval egg L-ighting the opening indigo sky L-ooking upon us below sitting brave and bleak I-nside an eight-sided glass mirror N-either judging nor ignoring our wilting G-ifts to the world... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at didaink