Publicity photo of Susan Lucci of As the World Turns

As the stomach churns

Remember the long-running soap opera As the World Turns? The series ran on CBS for 54 years from 1956 to 2010. In the 1990s, I was the publicist for a professional ballet company in Southern California. Every day came with a crisis — from getting the cover story in the paper (that was good) but…

A dancer on toes in silhouette, a Getty image

I’m no longer a writer in self-isolation

Dear May 2020, A quick note to let you know I am no longer a writer in self-isolation. I am an artist-in-residence. – Best, Sandra For the past six or seven weeks, it’s been a challenge to fill the long days. Even with a writing and book marketing to-do list that could keep me busy for…

Silhouette of writer at desk

Writers are natural self-isolationists

As Bill liked to say, “There’s only one way to write — ass in seat.” I like to soften his words to “derrière in chair.” As a writing team, we were natural self-isolationists together. We spent many days sharing a small office, not speaking to each other for hours, not wanting to interrupt the other’s…

Don't Overthink It... a writer's desk

“Don’t Overthink It” or maybe it was the Campari

I struggle with decision-making I over-think, over-analyze, and second-guess everything — small and large. I know I’m not alone. However, I would gladly separate myself from the rest of the over-thinking pack if only I knew how. Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel A new book title caught my eye, Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel. I…