The Murderess Haunting My New Novel

The Murderess Haunting My New Novel

While I am a memoirist, I also write historical fiction. The two are very compatible bedfellows. My life stories make appearances in my fiction. My memoirs slip into creative narrative. I am again experiencing that inevitable blur between real life and fiction. My novel in progress, The Diarist, is set in the 1950s. It is a … Continue reading The Murderess Haunting My New Novel

Estate Sale Find: Horror

Estate Sale Find: Horror

Most often my estate sale experiences are  archeological forays into every day lives, pilfering through artifacts from recent history. Parlors with colonial or italiante decor. State of the art stereos in maple cabinets, a turntable and AM / FM radio. Hi-Fi. All that. I go to estate sales often. They inspire me. I store up the memories … Continue reading Estate Sale Find: Horror

Book Review: Fish: A Memoir of A Boy in A Man’s Prison by TJ Parsell

The Story: In what would turn out to be a horrible mistake with tragic consequences, seventeen-year-old Tim Parsell holds up a Fotomat with a toy gun. The stunt had been a gag but the girl behind the counter thinks the gun is real and hands a small sum of cash over to Tim who takes … Continue reading Book Review: Fish: A Memoir of A Boy in A Man’s Prison by TJ Parsell

Book Review – Fish: A Memoir of A Boy in A Man’s Prison by T.J. Parsell

Book Review – Fish: A Memoir of A Boy in A Man’s Prison by T.J. Parsell

Reviewed by: Rose Gluck The Story: In what would turn out to be a horrible mistake with tragic consequences, seventeen-year-old Tim Parsell holds up a Fotomat with a toy gun. The stunt had been a gag but the girl behind the counter thinks the gun is real and hands a small sum of cash over to … Continue reading Book Review – Fish: A Memoir of A Boy in A Man’s Prison by T.J. Parsell

My Mother’s Mental Illness and the Legacy of Psycosurgery

Two years ago I had an epiphany about my mother. Throughout our relationship she suffered serious mental illness. Her problems took many forms: narcissism, lack of inhibition, lack of impulse control, psychosis, depression. There was never one label that “fit” my mother. She left the many psychiatrists and psychiatric hospitals with a variety of diagnoses: … Continue reading My Mother’s Mental Illness and the Legacy of Psycosurgery

Going to Georgia to Find My Mother: A Personal Essay for National Mental Illness Awareness Week

Going to Georgia to Find My Mother: A Personal Essay for National Mental Illness Awareness Week

Two years ago I had an epiphany about my mother. Throughout our relationship she suffered serious mental illness. Her problems took many forms: narcissism, lack of inhibition, lack of impulse control, psychosis, depression. There was never one label that "fit" my  mother. She left the many psychiatrists and psychiatric hospitals with a variety of diagnoses: depression, paranoid schizophrenia, manic-depression, … Continue reading Going to Georgia to Find My Mother: A Personal Essay for National Mental Illness Awareness Week

Estate Sale Find: Box of 1940s Photographs

Estate Sale Find: Box of 1940s Photographs

This post is because I love estate sales and antique stores. As someone who writes historical fiction, creative nonfiction and memoir I can't fully describe what it's like to run across archives and records of everyday life from the not so distant past. To me, it is winning the lottery when I find an old answering … Continue reading Estate Sale Find: Box of 1940s Photographs