Friday, March 2, 2007


Author Jennifer Ashley has a new blog for aspiring authors. She posted an interview with me. Check it out here. Jennifer has great advice in her blog.

In other news I'm feeling much better, yay! Working on the Nocturne book and cutting it. Sob! Actually editing a book is easier for me than creating. I'm used to cutting copy. Here goes...


Jen said...

As I said on Jennifer's blog, it's a great interview. I left some other comments as well.

Do you find it difficult to get people to listen to your thoughts and info on poverty? I have tried to talk to people about things I feel are important, but not necessarily pleasant to speak of, and they change the subject, or react negatively. I don't talk about these things all the time, nor do I want to, but I think we need to talk about them sometimes.

I'm glad you're feeling better. Hope the rest of the work on the book goes smoothly.

Bonnie Vanak said...

Interesting question, Jen. I'm not surprised people change the subject on you... you're a deep person and want to discuss what's going on in the world and sometimes people just feel uneasy about the heavier things in life.

I don't talk anymore with most people about the poverty I see when I travel for the day job because sometimes they just look at me as if I'm from another planet. Most people don't want to hear about it... so I'm lucky in that I work with a terrific group of people in my department who DO understand, and I talk with them. Especially the other writers I work with, who've seen the same type of poverty I've seen.

DH is a good outlet. We were together before I started that job, and he knows that when I return from a trip I need a few days to download and process.

I was supposed to go to Guatemala next week to see malnourished children, but because of the food poisoning, another writer is going in my place. I have mixed feelings.. I love Guatemala and wanted to go, but also seeing dying and starving children is pretty tough. Especially the babies... omg, it makes me cry. I had thought I'd get tougher with the job as the years passed, but I'm not.

Jen said...

I'm not sure I could handle that job, but I appreciate that there are people like you who do the physical work involved in helping those people. I don't think for a second it's easy for anyone who goes there. Just seeing it on TV is too much.

In the world of good news, I picked up your book today! I also noticed Barnes & Noble is featuring a lot of Egypt-related bargain books, and on March 24th, they're doing some kind of celebration day, but I forget what it's called. I don't know if it's at all B&Ns, but this was at the Plymouth Meeting B&N. I doubt I'll get to the event, but I might go back for some of those bargain books. They have one, The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead that might be pretty cool. Actually, they have several that look good.