A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and by Nancy Peacock

By Nancy Peacock

For the twice-published novelist, studying an editorial approximately herself within the National Enquirer—under the headline "Here's One for the Books: cleansing girl Is an Acclaimed Author"—was greater than a surprise. It used to be an thought.

In A Broom of One's Own, Nancy Peacock, whose first novel used to be chosen through the New York Times as a impressive publication of the yr, explores with heat, wit, and candor what it skill to be a author. An encouragement to all hard-working artists, regardless of how they make a dwelling, Peacock's e-book offers beneficial insights and recommendation on motivation, craft, and feedback whereas supplying hilarious anecdotes in regards to the homes she cleans.

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On the other hand, if anybody else messed with Jed I’d turn into his psycho protector, taking on kids twice my size. When we weren’t coming to fisticuffs with the entire eastern seaboard, Jed and I practiced our instruments relentlessly. Initially, sans drum kit, I made do bashing the hell out of mom’s defenseless couch pillows and unsuspecting crockery, pretending to be Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones’ human metronome. Eventually I found out that a kid down the street had a sweet, green-sparkled Ludwig kit, so I decided to make him my new best friend.

Best to concentrate on hanging with my brother, enjoying San Francisco, and having our minds blown by the Dead. Dead shows were my milestones. How much had I grown since last seeing Jerry and the boys? What new events had shaped me? The nature of their music lent itself to introspection, especially during long Jerry Jams. Heth and I were used to seeing them at Madison Square Garden, but from up in the nosebleeds, far above all the action, amid the twirlers and whirling dervishes. The Bay Area Dead scene was hella different from what we were used to.

The result? We frequently stared down the barrel of an empty fridge. As the noose tightened, Mom scurried around, maxing out credit cards and borrowing money from relatives, all the while looking for a better-paying job and a car that didn’t break down every other week. Thankfully, after we applied to the School Lunch Program, the great state of New Jersey stepped in with meal cards— one for each of us kids. At least on weekdays we were guaranteed a hot lunch. Kind-hearted, hair-netted lunch ladies heaped extralarge portions of mac’n’cheese onto our Styrofoam plates while other kids looked on enviously.

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