Betsy Robinson, author of funny literary stories about flawed people, is a perpetual seeker of truth.

From books to music to theater and fine art, from online TV to DVDs, this blog takes a look at current culture through a spiritual perspective ó with a touch of humor.

Materials under the "review" tag are a mix of free review copies (books, DVDs, etc.) in exchange for a review, to library copies, to materials and tickets I've paid for.

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Notes from a Crusty Seeker

Me and My Electra Complex

January 23, 2015

Tags: compassionate wisdom, healing, fun

Mom & me at my 30th birthday party
ďIím sorry, but I donít feel strongly enough about your motherís book to do a blurb for it,Ē writes my author friend.

Youíd think Iíd feel disappointed. Iíd given my friend two new books: a copy of my just-released novel (The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg) at my book launch party and an advance reading copy of my mother, Edna Robinsonís, novel (The Trouble with the Truth), written in 1957, edited and doctored by me in 2013, and due out in February 2015 as the debut novel from Infinite Words, a new imprint of Simon & Schuster founded by best-selling author/publisher Zane! My mother is dead and I own the rights to her novel, so itís my book. Iíd suggested that my author friend might actually prefer my motherís book to Zelda McFigg because the writing style is more similar to hers, but I was wrong; she raved about Zelda McFigg and offered an unsolicited blurb, but she turned down The Trouble with the Truth.

My first uncensored reaction to this rejection: I win! My friend likes my book better than Momís. Yippee!

But almost concurrent with this competitive glee is such a queasy shame that I blush all alone in front of my computer. I must reveal this to no one. And thatís when the more acceptable feeling of disappointment comes: Damn, no blurb for Momís book, and itís such a good book! Iím bummed.

(Read the rest of this piece at The Mantle.)












Selected Works

novel
Big Moose Prize-winning novel
a funny, sometimes sad, story of negotiating life without a clue

New on Kindle--a funny book for foodies who are committed to self-change through self-awareness
an epistolary memoir ... sort of
A funny and moving little book for anyone who's had a mother or struggled with being human.
anthology of stories and plays
includes Darleen Dances and stories below

play
1-act play

short story
the problem with worrying about the future

true story
Why I don't believe in death.

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