It’s May at The Roses of Prose, and we’re talking about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. My neck comes to mind. How is your neck looking these days? Find yourself grimacing or edging your chin forward in order to smooth out the wrinkles? Yup, I’ve got a turkey neck…hear me gobble.
It’s the wonderful Nora Ephron who brought up necks in her witty I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK. It’s a laugh-out-loud compendium of how we women feel as our bodies betray us. The ding-dang neck problem has her pontificating: “You can’t have too many turtleneck sweaters.”
She feels badly about her too-full purses, the roll around her tummy, tight shoes, the 2/3rds of her clothes in her closet she never wears. I say ‘Amen.’ Nora Ephron has nailed the Bad and the Ugly.
The Good? About aging, Nora said, “Consider the Alternative.” When she wrote the neck book she was cringing over an impending 65th birthday. We all know she made it to her 71st celebration before the “alternative,” happened. That’s the Good. This talented director, screenwriter and producer, who gave gems such as “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Julia and Julia,” “You’ve got Mail,” "Silkwood," and “When Harry Met Sally,” lived a full life and gave us stories we’ll never forget.
She also said: “There’s nothing wrong with ordering two desserts.”
Even if I don’t like my neck, it's definitely better than the alternative. I’ll seize the day and keep writing stories like Nora did. In the spirit of Nora’s witty look at life, what part of aging ticks you off?
P.S. Speaking of aging, LIE CATCHERS, in worldwide release, is one month old. In one more month I’ll be signing books in Petersburg, Alaska, the setting for my double murder mystery/romance. Can’t wait! Here’s LIE CATCHERS http://amzn.com/B00HJDS1LG
Two unsolved murders will tear apart an Alaska fishing town unless a writer and a government agent reveal their secret obsessions.
Treasury agent Parker Browne is working undercover in Petersburg, Alaska to investigate a money scam and a murder. His prime suspect, Liv Hanson, is a freelance writer struggling to save her family’s business. Free spirited, full of life, and with a talent for catching liars, she fascinates Parker.
Trying to prove she’s a legitimate writer who cares about Petersburg’s issues, Liv pens a series of newspaper articles about an old, unsolved murder. When her cold case ties in with Parker’s investigation, bullets start to fly.
Parker understands money trails, and Liv knows the town residents. But he gave up on love two years ago, and she trusts no one, especially with her carefully guarded secret. If they mesh their skills to find the killers, will they survive the fallout?