On the Road Again…

12. September 2019 Gina DeNicola 0
On the Road Again…
I have been back and forth with writing a blog post for a while now, and if you follow my blog with any regularity, you will notice this to be true.   I’m afraid this post will be short and uninspiring, sort of to match my mood. To be honest, life is a little busy for ...

Abandoned Shoes

05. September 2019 Gina DeNicola 0
Abandoned Shoes
I had been driving by this abandoned garage all day delivering groceries when finally, on my last time around, I looked over at the parking lot and saw a pair of shoes.  Those abandoned shoes were just sitting there in the middle of the parking lot, all alone. I was so drawn to those silly ...

Here’s the thing…..

Here’s the thing…..
Ok, so here’s the thing, I wasn’t really expecting the website for my book Frank to be ready last week, but at the last minute, it all came together. But when I was trying to distract myself from how long it was taking, I decided to catch up on Handmaid’s Tale. Let me just say the season finale ...

You can PreOrder Frank NOW!

You can PreOrder Frank NOW!
Summer is over – kids are back in school, at least in the south.  In 32 days I will get on a plane, fly to New York City, gather up my cast and head out on tour with Baby Shark (lord help me) I’ll be on the road, I believe until mid-February. I’m aware of ...

New Homes and New Beginnings

New Homes and New Beginnings
Wednesday’s are usually my panic days. It is the day I often wake up and realize that I don’t have a post for Friday. I promised myself on January 1st this year, that I would post something every Friday to my blog, and on most weeks I wake up Wednesday mornings convinced I have no words to ...

Vacation, Family and Hot Flashes.

Vacation, Family and Hot Flashes.
As I sat at my usual Starbucks, trying to find the words for this post, I took a minute, sipped my coffee and looked around.  The place was packed. Why? It was a Thursday at 11:00, why were all these men here having business meetings? There was a table of six men with blueprints spread ...

Delivering Mail to a Cemetery

Delivering Mail to a Cemetery
One day last week, I was driving past a cemetery when I saw a mail truck turn on its blinker and head into the front entrance. It made me laugh so hard that I followed it. It didn’t even cross my mind that it was delivering mail to the office, no, in my mind, some ...

Me and Frank.

Me and Frank.
  Yesterday I held my book Frank in my hands, the actual real live book.  I say live because this book has taken on a life of its own, it has become a newborn baby and today was delivery day. It’s only the proof copy so you can’t buy it just yet, but when I ...

If We Were Having Coffee – Part 7

If We Were Having Coffee – Part 7
If we were going to have coffee, I’d tell you it’s July, in the South and we should be sitting by the pool.  So we would grab some towels and head to the first floor of my apartment building, where the pool is.  It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and all the hipsters that usually take control ...

You’ve Come A Long Way Baby.

You’ve Come A Long Way Baby.
Last week my husband and I were scheduled to look at a piece of land we were considering buying. We were supposed to meet the realtor at 9:30 am. Now, if you know me, you know when I’m not working I barely get out of bed before 9:30 am, and when I have to, I’m ...

Break-ups are hard, really hard.

Break-ups are hard, really hard.
This past month has been a hard month. Not for me so much, but for my daughter. After nine years together and a month before they were to move in together, my daughter’s boyfriend broke up with her. Reason: His version of “It’s not you; it’s me.” So there was some scrambling to find her ...

Fear, Change and Tending Bar

Fear, Change and Tending Bar
No one likes change, not even those strange people who will shout it from the mountaintops in their quest to convince the rest of us that they adore change. (I had someone use that word, ADORE). I adore a lot of things, and change is most certainly NOT one of them. Deep down, I believe ...

How Do We Touch People’s Lives

How Do We Touch People’s Lives
  If you know me well, you know I am intrigued by cemeteries. I will always, almost subconsciously, comment on one when we drive by it and will almost always, beg a family member to walk around one when I find one interesting. Since we moved downtown, I have been asking family members, even those ...

Anger, where did that come from?

Anger, where did that come from?
Ok here’s the thing – I’m not usually an angry person, not anymore anyway. Don’t get me wrong single mom Gina was ALWAYS angry and mostly at my ex-husbands but now, hardly ever.  That all changed on my grand road trip two weeks ago, you see, I am a very stubborn person, I always have been, ...

Gone Fishing….well not really

Gone Fishing….well not really
  This week’s blog post is going to be short and sweet.  When I was feeling bad about not having a substantial post this week, I was told, “every post doesn’t have to be an opus”. Summer is here, and this week will consist of a lot of traveling for me. As a matter of fact, as ...

Elephant Kisses and Skateboards

Elephant Kisses and Skateboards
This week has been full of moments of discontent; there was Alabama, there was whatever nonsense was coming out of the White House this week, there was my daughter and her romantic life, this blog post half written for days and then my usual wondering of what’s next.  This week I read an article from ...

Will You Be My Friend?

Will You Be My Friend?
UGH! Writing is so hard!  There are days, not unlike today, where I miss my job as a Paralegal.  I knew exactly what to do, I had a stack of files on my desk, with complaints to file, Interrogatories to answer, or letters to transcribe.  Things I could do without thinking. All those things I ...

Editing and Funerals

Editing and Funerals
It was Monday, and I plopped myself at my desk in my “office” and told myself I couldn’t leave until I was done editing Frank. My editor had sent over some changes and suggestions, and everything was moving along smoothly until I got to the scene where Sarah, my editor said “Describe this a bit more! ...

How Did I Get So Lucky?

How Did I Get So Lucky?
CAUTION: this is an overly gushy post about my husband – that guy, right there, in that picture. That’s us when we first met in 1987 and then a few years ago in the bakery.  Ok so here’s the thing, last week my post came to me at the very last minute of my self-imposed ...

If We Were Having Coffee – Part 6

If We Were Having Coffee – Part 6
I know it’s been a while since we’ve sat down and had some coffee, partly because not much has been happening in my life these days, well until last Thursday.  With my husband out of town the first part of this week, I loaded my laptop into the car and headed out to a new ...

I Am A Writer.

I Am A Writer.
First: I am overwhelmed by the number of kind comments on last week’s post “What’s Next?” I can’t even begin to thank all of you who took the time to read it and then even more time to send me sweet notes on Facebook, Instagram, and on the blog itself. You give me hope knowing ...

What’s Next?

What’s Next?
  I was sitting at my desk, and if you are a regular reader, you know what I was staring at, that fucking blinking cursor, mocking me with every flash. So I distracted myself from that blank page and flashing cursor, which I was sure it was blinking out in morse code, you are a failure, ...

Are you a Passenger on the Struggle Bus?

Are you a Passenger on the Struggle Bus?
  Most days I’m a passenger on the struggle bus, usually right in the front seat.  I don’t get up to let anyone take my place, meaning, I usually don’t let people help me.  I struggle with who I am, what I want to be, where I’m going and most recently, getting old. I know those ...