January 4, 2016
What: The Launch of taratandlich.com
Where: Upper West Side, New York City. January 4, 2016
Launch Conditions: All systems go
Countdown: T minus 4 minutes, 48 seconds and counting at
9:26 am EDT. We’re on time at the present time for a planned
lift off. Launch team, Launch Operations Manager, Test
Supervisor and Test Launch Vehicle Conductor report: go for
WE HAVE LIFT OFF !
Assorted nouns, adjectives, verbs and the occasional semi-
colon and I are thrilled to take our first virtual step into cyber
space. Some people, on their initial blog post, promise to
I am not one of them.
My reason is not due to other, pressing commitments, though
those do exist. It’s not due to job responsibilities, though that,
too, hovers above me like a drone with a pay check.
My reason is this: the invasion of unfriendly technical aliens.
These few, short (though vibrant) lines have taken me an
inordinate amount of time to coax into the WordPress
stratosphere. Fonts morphed into undesirable sizes. Plugins
popped up, like unwanted house guests. Text faded from black
And back again. Twice.
Regardless, I have arrived and I will post again.
I’m just not sure when.
While I learn how to navigate my literary lunar module over
technical terrain, and also grasp cyber-speak, please visit my
What I Write page, on this site, for a glimpse of my novels.
is for ROCKTOBER 2017
Stairway to Pumpkin Heaven
“…your stairway lies on the whispering wind.”
“Ooh, it makes me wonder.”
Central Park Splendor
“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”
Balloon Groupie contemplates produce
“Ooh, it really makes me wonder.”
“…and a new day will dawn for those who stand long.”
The world is our canvas. The sidewalks are our paper
and our books:
Is for…HEY! It’s JULY 2017
July’s images, captured on the streets of
NYC, are also filled with potential
characters, conflicts and backstories.
Pop-up store set-up?
Leg Lovers League?
Bride on a Budget embracing a
street corner ceremony? If so, are
they waiting to snag strangers to
act as best man, maid of honor
and officiant? Or, are they also an
art installation? Regardless, he’s
yawning. (See below)
That can’t be good.
Okay, maybe he’s singing.
But I doubt it.
upper west side:
Human Candy Cane near Fairway
Market. Christmas in July?
Diversity Flag on July 4th.
Where can I buy one?
upper west side – Nature’s urban beauty
New York City is a smorgasbord for finding potential characters, motivations and
conflicts for fiction writing. This month, the focus is on what people carry and why.
Check out my photos. Lots of questions raised that could work well in a novel.
PIMP MY BACKPACK:
Is he having a non-caloric sugar fix? Connecting with his inner
Willie Wonka? Both? Also, what’s inside? Does it reflect the
external or is it diametrically opposed? If so, does the disparity
foreshadow this character’s inner conflict?
TWO MEN/ONE MURAL:
Who are they? Where are they
going? What are they carrying?
Why? Do they know they’re
This item wins in the Bulky Bundle category. Is he
feeling nostalgic for St. Patrick’s Day? Part of a
secret society that initiates its members by asking
them to carry bags that match their height?
Also: are these people possibly on the way to meet each other? Perhaps there’s a
club. What’s it called? What do they do there? What would their website say?
Maybe this: Welcome to The Get Carried Away Alliance.com. Are you chided for
carrying unusual items? Would you like to meet with like-minded individuals in a
nurturing, supportive environment? Join us! We offer free support groups, snacks
and coat/bag/odd item check.
I cut almost 20 thousand words from my contemporary,
humorous, Women’s Fiction manuscript.
That’s a lot of letters needing a home.
To celebrate spring, and the downsizing of my novel, I’ve
written a poem. Okay, to be truthful, none of these
sentences were ever in the book, but why let perfectly
good letters go to waste? Here’s to creative, literary
recycling. See if you can match the images, below,
with those mentioned in the poem. Special thanks
(but not) to those naughty cyber elves for their photo
mischief. I tried to line up the photos in something that
vaguely represented a pleasing visual display. The cyber
elves had other ideas.
nature at the Natural History museum
sunset near my street
a giant butterfly
small child/big umbrella
blue light in Brooklyn
no more Ice Capades
happy spring 2017 NY
Why? It’s the one year
anniversary of my blog.
To mark the occasion, I toss my imaginary hat in the air.
Further, I take off my hat to other writers, who are also
creating/editing novels, fine tuning query letters and pitching
In the words of The Mary Tyler Moore Show‘s immortal hat
tosser, Mary Richards, we’re: “gonna make it after all.”
In keeping with the hat theme, I’ve created a Hat Parade.
Cue one of my favorite marching songs, John Philip Sousa’s
Stars And Stripes Forever, as we view Hat # One: Focus
Faux Fedora. Discovered: On the Downtown 2 train.
At first I thought, could this hat be a sign from the universe?
Was I not focused enough in my writing? My life? My laundry?
Or, was I too focused? I later found out that “Focus” was this
girl’s spelling word of the week. As for my previous
interpretation? What can I say, I’m a Symbolism Groupie.
Hat # Two: Elf Cap. Discovered: At the Upper West Side
Balloon Inflation. This definitely wins for largest head cover.
Please join me in a four story round of applause for Elf on the
street, I mean shelf.
Hat # Three:
Discovered: On the Upper East
Side. This proves that any car is
improved by wearing a hat.
Hat # Four: Shag Rug Pseudo Sombrero. Discovered: On
the Upper West Side. Homage to her favorite shag rug? I think
so. Unsure? Check out the photo, below, for an uncanny, and
Actual Shag Rug:
Lots of hat potential here. All you’d need is a chin strap and
maybe ear flaps, then this rug is runway ready. Move over,
Rachel Trevor Morgan, hat maker to Queen Elizabeth.
Tara Tandlich, post-modern milliner, has arrived.
And there’s this. While not a head covering, it does cover the
entrance of Saks Fifth Avenue, like a giant fiberglass candy
scarf. Presenting…..Snacks, I mean Saks.
Finally, here’s a more conventional, though still unusual hat,
which I’ve dubbed: The Canine Chanukka Cappello. I didn’t
see it in New York, but I wish I did.
Wishing everyone a New Year filled with creativity, peace, joy
and headwear diversity.