I'm having a blog-identity crisis. What can I contribute to the blog world that hasn't already been said? It's a loaded question. This exercise goes to the core of who I am. I need a blog therapist.
Who am I?
I'm 50-something-ish. One marriage. Two kids.
In my twenties I was a wildly unsuccessful actress in San Francisco and New York, then moved to Los Angeles where I worked as a story editor in Hollywood for ten years.
Okay, now we might be getting somewhere.
Then I quit the business, moved to suburban Orange County and stayed home to raise my kids.
BUT, I'd made the decision that if I was going to screw something up, I'd rather screw up my career than my kids, hence the reason I stayed home to raise them.
YET, I really didn't have much of a career to run away from anyway, so the decision was not so hard.
18 years later. The kids are gone and I'm lost. What is my purpose? What should I do with my life?
After having an affair and drinking too much wine, I decide to write my first novel, WHITE RUSSIAN, about a middle-aged woman who is having an affair and drinking too much wine when her father suddenly leaves the country to join a political theater troupe in Belarus that is dedicated to overthrowing their government. When he gets in trouble with the Belarusian KGB, she is forced to put down her wine (did I mention she drinks?) and run to his rescue.
Now I'm on a roll...
So, the purpose of this blog is to share with you my experiences in Belarus as I visited a country run by a man Condoleezza Rice once described as "the last dictator in Europe," and my encounters with the courageous activists who are leading the fledging revolution to free their country.
I also want to take you on a journey with me as I research my next novel, The Oldest Living Jew in Boca Raton (also based on a family story), about a widow from Russia who comes to America and runs a boarding house in Coney Island in the 1920's.
I'd love you all to come on my journey. Are you with me?