My book has been launched

Now what?

When you don’t have a PR team to get the word out, what to do? Everything solo. That’s how it goes. So, welcome to this post! 😁

Putting your art out there is always a risk.

I ask myself, will anyone read it? Like it? Share it? Care at all?

If you haven’t read how this particular book came to be, here’s that story:

I’m a writer through and through so even if this book doesn’t fly off the shelves, I needed to write it, so I did. Now I’m sharing it. And I choose to remain hopeful that my stories will connect with…


and I don’t think he liked me so much

Success.

It feels so far, far away. Like maybe it all happened in a dream or a movie. But not a movie that I wrote and starred in. Just one I happen to have watched, on a loop, for several years. God, I miss that movie.

I used to have my own TV show

A nationally syndicated dating game show called BZZZ! (it just enjoyed a re-airing in Feb 2020 on BuzzrTV!)

Having my own TV show was a lifelong dream come true. I told E! Entertainment News in a segment, “All I ever wanted was a dog and my own TV show. Now I have both!” I was…


And I let him in.

It was a snowy day in Cleveland. I sat alone in my much-too-large-for-only-one-person-apartment, wondering. Wondering entirely-too-intensely-about-everything-I-could-think-of. Has anyone ever died from eating non-cooked Toll House cookie dough? How long would it take to save up enough lint to make a sweater? Would George Clooney like me? If my neighbor started secretly feeding my cat Fancy Feast would Ms. Fluffypants desert me for the better meal? If I had a significant other in my life would I be boring him to tears with my ponderings?

Just then…

I hear a knock at the door. I race over to the peephole and…


a summer sonnet

Photograph by the author
Do you remember our drives to the sea?
Singing to the oldies station in your Dodge Dart.
Dry heat in triple digits, grateful for the AC,
A summer bee enters the car and I scream.
A flying needle is all I see,
You tell me that if I love the honey, I must love the bee;
Besides they’re not interested in me,
When the marigolds and orange poppies call, welcoming;
The bee leaves the way it came and I forget about the fear,
When my bare feet touch the hot sand,
I run ahead singing, Shboom, life could be a dream,
And every summer day is a dream…


San Marino — a microstate!

I first visited San Marino several years ago. It was about a 15-minute ride on our Vespa from Rimini, Italy. The thing that blew my mind was/is…

It’s a totally different COUNTRY!


a poem

A car too purple
A sky too wet
sometimes it’s all too much.
but other times
oh those sweet,
sweet
other times
those other times
I’m walking on strawberry-scented air
when I hold out my hand
sunflowers slap me high fives
stray cats admire my outfit
In these times I agree to meet you under the willow tree
And we won’t jump into the next moment
And we won’t wish to be anywhere else
And we won’t pick up our phones
We will just sit there
and I will remember how much I like your ear lobes
And you will remember how much you like my thumbs
and the way they curl inward when I sleep.
I will take the…


microfiction

I can only write in rainy weather, Julie tells her newly acquired bedmate, Russel. Russel pulls the sheets over his face and turns his back towards Julie. Rusell wants to continue sleeping. It was a long, sex-filled night with the talkative stranger named Julie. He needs his rest in case he meets another Julie tonight at the club.

I guess, If I plan on being a successful writer I should leave Los Angeles. Maybe I should move to Seattle. Have you ever been to Seattle, Russel?

Russel tugs at the sheets once more and makes some sort of grunting sound…


Gabicce Mare & Gabicce Monte

Mare = Sea
Monte= Mountain

Gabicce is a town and commune in the Province of Pesaro e Urbino, in Italy, in the Marche region. It’s close to our home base in Rimini so we find ourselves road trippin’ there often.


And a virtual tour of Italy!

1

“People don’t take trips. Trips take people.” — John Steinbeck

I’m in Italy at the moment and I keep thinking about the benefits of travel.

As we motor around town (link below to my Back of the Vespa Diaries) I can feel parts of my mind jiggle loose and then come back together like a kind of puzzle, but a new puzzle. One that I’m putting together in new, fresh ways.

I like it. I like it a lot.

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“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.” — Chinese Proverb

And this year I’m doing something new, in addition to the Back of the Vespa Diaries, I’m going to…


On the stupidity of comparison

It’s me again. Your favorite advice-giving doll, Yazzie! Thanks for reaching out to my human with all of those questions. Today I’m going to answer one that slipped into my human’s DM on Instagram from J.

Q: Hey, Yazzie. I feel like I need to leave all of social media because I keep seeing everyone having so much fun and I just don’t get it. It’s like I’m the only one not living an amazing life. What am I doing wrong?

Okay, first off, J, if you want to leave social media, you can. You’re not obligated to play those…

anniewood

Former Dating Game Show Host. Current Author, TV/Film/VO Actor & Artist. Enthusiasm Enthusiast 🙌🏼 Get my new book + other stuff https://linktr.ee/anniewood ☄️

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