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Go I am working the streets of San Francisco. Nightly, I prowl around Haight-Ashbury
and North Beach, the Castro and Tenderloin, Fourth Street and Folsom. I ply my
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and the occasional mental patient. Oh, and writers, lots of wonderful, polished,
professional, prolific, amateurish, awful and eager writers.
My trade is my novel: Finding Clarity: A Mom, a Dwarf and a Posh Private School in
Get Our Entire Literary Agent the People’s Republic of Berkeley. And reading from it in a wide variety of venues to
Database (1,000+) at a complex and varied audience is a ball. I am having the time of my life – and that’s without landing either an agent or a publisher yet.

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June, 2007 (33) I don’t know what will happen with Finding Clarity. All I know is that I love it and
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their undivided attention when my five minutes on stage has begun.
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