This blog was set up to document my ramblings and thoughts as I worked on my first memoir, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley, now completed. I am currently seeking agent representation.

I’d like to acknowledge the help I received for editing, made possible by grants from Asylum-Arts, and the National Arts and Disability Center – California Arts Council Technical Assistant Grant.

This book has gone through many transitions since I started it in 2010 — before I even considered publishing it.

It originally started as a fiction piece. I’ve had portions of this book written out since 2004, and I started piecing things together and expanding on characters and scenarios from 2010 to 2011, adding and embellishing, etc. But since it was based on my life, it became a sort of diary that sorted out my childhood from as far back as I can remember, up until I was 40 years old. I wound up with 316,000 words and no story line, so carved one out by 2014 and whittled it down to 188,000 words.

In 2016, I worked with writer/editor/mentor, Lisa Teasley for about a year to get the manuscript to a better place. I thought it was “done” at that point, but it was still too long.

Four more rewrites later, and I mean total rewrites, here we are.