Category Archives: Personal

Made My Acting Debut, on Gloria Allred’s WE THE PEOPLE!

This week I made my TV acting debut on NBC’s We the People With Gloria Allred. Several weeks ago, a casting agency I registered with sent me to audition for a part on the show. I ended up getting cast … Continue reading

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“The Suspect” Now in the Kindle Store

Hey Everyone — Just to let you know, my new short story, “The Suspect,” is available now in the Kindle store for 99 cents. I plan to put it up, in ebook form, in other online bookstores shortly. It’s my … Continue reading

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Finally, Settling into L.A.

Yes – I finally have a decent, stable internet connection and can blog! It’s weird but here you have to kind of figure out what internet speed you need and pay your cable company accordingly. In New York I remember … Continue reading

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Brief Update & Review of Peter Martins / Paul McCartney Collab at NYCB

Hey everyone, Just a brief update since this motel’s wifi is expensive and not secure: but I now have a car (a cute little Toyota Prius – used) as well as an apartment in LA that I love but that … Continue reading

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My Own “Goodbye to All That”

I copied this post from my lit blog, Literary Aperitif (hence the mention of the Sweet Melissa ). I decided to copy it here to explain (kind of) my decision to leave New York this fall. More on that later. … Continue reading

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Literary Aperitif

Hi guys – I’ve just begun a new Tumblr blog, called Literary Aperitif, pairing two of my loves (other than dance of course): books and booze. I wanted to call the blog something along those lines but didn’t realize there … Continue reading

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Rhea’s Favorite Hiding Place

Where she can sun as well.

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Hide and Seek with Rhea

Sorry, love my new kitty and can’t resist! It’s hard to believe she was so shy in the ASPCA and when she first came to live with me because she’s now into absolutely everything. Which kind of worries me because … Continue reading

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Rhea!

I finally got a new kitty. My beloved former cat died of congestive heart failure several years ago and it took me a while to get over it. Finally, a couple weeks ago I went to the ASPCA, where I … Continue reading

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Moonlight on the Beach

Happy President’s Day everyone! I’m spending the week in South Carolina at my cousin’s timeshare – I needed a few days away from New York and the ocean is  my favorite place. (If I ever have money, I’m definitely buying … Continue reading

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Page 99 Test for This Week’s Sample Sunday

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. I did. Went to a friend’s to make mulled wine and roasted chestnuts but somehow neither happened. My friend ended up taking me out for a massage, which I seriously needed (especially after … Continue reading

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Happy Belated Thanksgiving from North Carolina

So I went to North Carolina to visit my mom and cousin for Thanksgiving. I really needed to get out of New York for a while, as I’ve been developing a real love / hate relationship with the city for … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Book Festival, Part Two

I had such a nice time at the Brooklyn Book Festival yesterday, despite the rain. I’ve gone to this festival for the past several years; they have readings, panel discussions, and other various quirky little things throughout the day. This … Continue reading

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Blog Talk Radio Interview Today!

I’m going to be interviewed by Arizona author Leslie Kohler on her Blog Talk Radio show, “The Writer’s Inspiration,” today at 11 a.m. Phoenix time (PT), which is 2:00 p.m. EST. You can dial 347-945-7939 to listen in to the … Continue reading

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Wendy Perron, Esteemed Editor-in-Chief of Dance Magazine, Recommends Swallow on Twitter!

How awesome is this!: “Tonya Plank’s SWALLOW is a real page turner, & she shows that lawyers get as intensely nervous as dancers.” From Wendy Perron, E-I-C of Dance Magazine, via Twitter. I’m so giddy I’d run into Ms. Perron … Continue reading

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Pretty Kitty I Fell For Yesterday

I totally fell in love with this kitten yesterday who I saw up for adoption on my street corner. I’d thought since she’s longhaired, her fur would activate my allergies like crazy, but then I came home and read that … Continue reading

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I WRITE LIKE … NABOKOV?!

I write likeVladimir Nabokov I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing! Okay, I’m having a bit too much fun with this, which I just saw on Galley Cat. When I put in a couple paragraphs from … Continue reading

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SELECTIVE MUTISM AND GLOBUS HYSTERICUS

I just saw this review of my novel. It was posted a month ago, but somehow I’d missed it. It’s interesting because Rae says she can identify with my protagonist, Sophie, because she had something similar called selective mutism. I … Continue reading

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MISSING ARIZONA

I haven’t been to Phoenix since early 2001 and I’ve been getting a bit homesick for the desert. Everything seems to be reminding me of the Southwest lately – even last night’s NYCB program with Melissa Barak’s new ballet, Call … Continue reading

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MY FIRST AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Is up at A Moment With Mystee. That was really fun! Some of those questions I really had to think about. Thank you again to the wonderful Mystee Above photo taken from here.

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THANK YOU!

Thank you so much to everyone who showed up last night for my little book celebration party! And as well to those who couldn’t come but who were there in spirit I’m so very grateful to have such wonderful longtime … Continue reading

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SMALL WORLD: BORREE'S CORNERS, ARIZONA!

You guys, last week I received this really sweet email from a woman who read my novel. I figured ballet lovers, particularly fans of New York City Ballet, would appreciate it: “Hello.  I hope you don’t mind me writing.   … Continue reading

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JUDGE PRESSLER HAS DIED

Oh, I’m so sad. The judge I clerked for following law school, Sylvia Pressler, just died. She was only 75 and had only retired a few years earlier. Of course, she worked until the last possible moment a judge could … Continue reading

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SWALLOW REVIEWED

Thank you Harriet Klausner!

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IT'S UP

My novel is finally up on Amazon. Eeek, am kind of freaking out a bit…

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SLSG NAMED TOP BLOG BY LAWS.COM

SLSG has been named a top law blog in the criminal law category by www.laws.com, likely for my previous coverage of the Sean Bell shooting trial and some other related posts. This is particularly exciting because my soon-to-be-published novel is … Continue reading

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MY FRIEND, JACOB JASON, AUDITIONING WITH HIS BOYFRIEND FOR SYTYCD

two guys @ Yahoo! Video I haven’t been watching SYTYCD this season (I don’t watch the auditions anymore), but my friend and former Latin ballroom teacher, Jacob Jason, just posted this on Facebook!!!!!

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HAUNTED BY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON :)

Last night I read from my new novel (which is still VERY much a work in progress) with the Writers Room at the Cornelia Street Cafe, and it actually went okay! Better than I expected! Several of my wonderful friends … Continue reading

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: IN MEMORY OF MY FRIEND SHARON BALIK

(Photo from TVGrapevine) Yesterday afternoon, I received some shocking news: that a reader and frequent commenter here, Sharon Balik, had passed away that morning suddenly and unexpectedly. She commented here under the name BDC_Sharon and had just left a message … Continue reading

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Facebook Causes Self-Reflection

By posing questions like, “how old am I?” And, “who am I?” Regarding the first: apparently 10 years old, as I just became ridiculously giddy on Facebook’s pronouncement: “Tonya is now friends with Karina Smirnoff.” My longtime Latin ballroom IDOL … Continue reading

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