Shortly after I returned from Florida, a comment was posted here by Amy Ephron, who is the publisher of the e-zine “One for the Table,” as well as being a screenwriter and novelist. I have read all of her novels, most recently One Sunday Morning which is an inspiring example of the powers of restraint and subtlety. She is also part of a family of writers who have shaped my world…forever. Her father produced “Carousel” and her parents together created “Desk Set,” her sister Nora wrote the novel Heartburn (a copy of which I wore out during a bad breakup in my youth) and the screenplays for “When Harry Met Sally,” ” Silkwood” and “Sleepless in Seattle,”and her sister Delia wrote (among other things) the screenplay for “You’ve Got Mail” and the book How to Eat Like a Child.
I could not be more surprised if Moses posted a comment and requested that I contribute to revisions of The Ten Commandments. (By the way, my suggestion: thou shalt not snap gum. If gum had been available to Pharaoh, I am certain that a plague of gum-snapping bus riders would have been far more effective than locusts. You can kill locusts with spray). She asked whether I would like to have some of my work appear on “One for the Table,” and actually apologized because they were not in a position to pay contributors.
If you visit “One for the Table,” (and if you don’t, you’re just not paying attention) you will see that, among their contributors are Laraine Newman, Russ Parsons, Amy Sherman and Michael Tucker, the guy who played the adorable little lawyer on “L.A. Law.” You will also see my recent entry on oysters, right there with all of the contributions from Real Writers and Famous People.
I am ecstatic, big-headed and a little giddy. I have always, always been a writer, since I was six or seven and started writing and illustrating little novels. I have always been afraid to say I was “a writer,” because that seemed to imply that I was a latter day Bronte or Dickens. This all makes me feel a little more like maybe I am a writer. Thanks to all of you who read this blog regularly and make me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile. I’m going to celebrate my good fortune with a shot of diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper and some of the Wild Cherry M & Ms that no one else will eat because they’re disgusting….