Jeff O'Handley, Author

Jeff O'Handley

The Doubting Writer Finds His Voice

Reflecting on Change

“I feel just like somebody elseMan, I ain’t changed, but I know I ain’t the same.” — Jakob Dylan  Change has been much on my mind lately. Aside from the fact that we are now a week into what is that most transitory of seasons, at least around here, my personal life has been in […]

Help A Fellow Writer Out…

…and head on over to agent Carrie Pestritto’s blog. Leave a critique on the posted query and help the writer potentially receive a 100-page critique from Carrie. I can tell you from experience that Carrie does excellent critiques. And as I’ve said ad infinitum, critiquing queries is an invaluable experience for the critiquer as well […]

A Short Quiz

A short quiz for today–no Googling, please: How many of you non-football fans out there know why New England quarterback Tom Brady was in the news all summer? How many of you non-hockey fans out there know why Chicago forward Patrick Kane has been in the news since early August? One was accused of masterminded […]


Years ago, when I lived here… …we received permission to throw a party. We sat down to plan and arrived at the only weekend date between Thanksgiving and Christmas that was available. That day turned out to be December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, which commemorates those who died in the Japanese attack in 1941. The […]

And Now…Deja Vu

Three (!) years ago, I wrote a piece here called The Second Week Blues, in which I chronicled how The Magpie had done great at school for the first week plus, then hit a bump. What I didn’t tell you is that there was more to the story. Yes, she had picked up a nasty […]