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'd love you all to come on my journey. Are you with me?