It does seem appropriate that now, when I have about 1 week left in Paris, my $6 floss just ran out. Not sure what that says about my flossing habits. At this stage I am feeling mostly ready to move back. Paris in July is a bit of a hassle. It’s more crowded with tourists … Continue reading

Write-A-Thon Revisited

It was quite some time ago when I first said I was going to do a write-a-thon, but on Friday when I sat down to start working in the morning I happened to look at the calendar to see how many days I had remaining in Paris, and lo and behold there were exactly 26. … Continue reading

Handling the Clutter

When I worked as a personal assistant, my primary job was to organize and simplify my boss’s life. I would arrive at the office approximately one hour before her. I would check her voicemail and open her mail (I imagine that were I doing this now, checking email would be a part of this routine). … Continue reading


I am trying to persevere, but I feel extraordinarily discouraged and overwhelmed on a daily basis. There is so much work to do on this project and not only am I not progressing quickly enough, I also just can’t see how I will ever be able to. Having these kinds of thoughts just reinforces that … Continue reading

Mell. Or, write like a gangster.

[I caught the above image when riding the bus yesterday: tough-looking middle-aged men eating at “Mell,” a weird echo of the sidewalk gatherings at Satriale’s Pork Store in The Sopranos. The photo is only loosely related to this post.] In Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks, Wendy Belcher points out that Writing is to … Continue reading

Are you there friends? It’s me, Pia.

I have 74 days left on this trip. I need to write, and it is fucking hard. I don’t know if it’s harder because I’m single, but it does suck to not have any one person to be mad at for not supporting me in all the ways that I need. Because yeah, I know … Continue reading

Still Here

I had intended to blog more regularly the last couple of weeks, but made the mistake of starting a fairly involved post which just sits in my draft box, taunting me. So I’m going to go ahead and give a brief update at least, and maybe I’ll finish the other one eventually. First of all, … Continue reading

Career Cyberstalker

It has been raining in an uncharacteristic manner lately. Rain itself is frequent enough in Paris, but usually not sideways-driving-with-bursts-of-hail rain. But that’s what we’ve been getting. Can I use that to justify how infrequently I feel like going out? Probably not. Even less so can I explain why I’ve been blogging less, except for … Continue reading

Happy Easter

In happy coincidence with the Day of Resurrection, I have finished my article/chapter draft, sent it to my accountabilibuddy, and am ready to get back some semblance of a life.¬†On the down side, I have a really bad feeling that the book needs another chapter. I was hoping to avoid that but am not sure … Continue reading

The Task of Writing: Still Sucks

I did not make my self-imposed Saturday deadline for turning in a new draft of my article to my accountabilibuddy, but things have been looking up. On Sunday I started to really gain momentum in my work on this article, and now I’m absorbed and making steady progress. I wouldn’t go so far as to … Continue reading