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2021 mantra: One day at a time

2020 was strange and complicated. 2021 might be, too, so easing into this new year, I'm simplifying. I put aside resolutions well over a...

Writing in the time of COVID-19

“We live in a culture that says you should be able to power through anything. Life will very generously remind you that you cannot, and...

2020 Writing Mantra

Most people would agree that their creative output falls far short of their ambitions. I would put myself in that box. I know I lack the...

Happy Halloweekend

It's fall and the weekend before Samhain and Halloween. I've been remiss in keeping up with my blog so I thought this was the perfect...

Self-compassion for writers

When battling procrastination, many writers go straight for the jugular. That is, we fall deep into the well of shame, inadequacy, and...

Reveling in mental flâneurie

Occasionally when I get together with my weekly writer group, talk turns to aimless meanderings. Over tea, coffee, or cocktails, and...

Writing 'faction'

Straightjacketing fiction or filling space between the facts? You decide. 'Faction' is a made-up word (not mine) intended to encompass a...

Conferences a go-go: Part Two

First week back after the Chanticleer Authors Conference in beautiful Bellingham, WA. This conference was smaller than what I am used to...

Conferences a go-go, Part One

March and April were conference months for me, both as a first-time attendee to Left Coast Crime and Chanticleer, respectively. Each...

Fear, my old friend

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them...

Panhandling my way through life

The signature line on my personal email is, Wordsmithing my way through life, one story at a time. However, after reading Elizabeth...

What's on my desk?

Fifteen of my favorite things: a lit candle Wonder Woman magnet a timer (for writing sprints) a paper calendar with owls on it Huxley the...

Assessing quality of life

In his final 2018 blog post on Gates Notes, philanthropist Bill Gates, 63, said he still assesses the quality of his work, but the...

2019 writing mantra

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." ~David Bowie I know we're only 25 days into the new year of...

My first author talk

Today, at 11 AM precisely, I was the featured author at the Timberland Library's Author Talk in Shelton, WA. I was a small bundle of...

Into the Hypatia woods I went

Mid-April was time well spent at Holly House in Shelton, WA, where I was fortunate to have the peace I needed to write some difficult...

What roots mean to me

Autumn of 2015, I was inspired to enter a contest sponsored by Oberon Wines. The theme was, "What do roots mean to you?" I wrote 1100...

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