My top 12 for 2017

Everywhere you turn this time of year you find a top this-or-that list: books, movies, political disasters. I wasn't thinking about lists or the new year when I sat down a few days ago for my morning writing session. What emerged was a contemplation, in the form of a list, of why I pursue the... Continue Reading →

  Five more photos and 149 words follow. This is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge. I have never participated before, but have admired those who do, including Susie Lindau and J.B. Whitmore. My thinking brain has been feeling uninspired. Sifting through six years of photos and remembering times when I have been immersed... Continue Reading →

Uh oh, I’m working on a new novel

I have been happily crafting short stories for the last couple of years, in between finishing my last novel and weighing publishing options. Some stories have even been published. This has been immensely satisfying, especially in contrast with writing long-form fiction. It’s like the difference between adopting a dog and raising a child, where the... Continue Reading →

Leaping Liebsters

In my last blog post, I mentioned my nomination for the Liebster “Award.” In fact, this is not an award but a chain letter. You might wonder why someone as skeptical as I would fall for such a thing. Fear not: I go in with eyes open. I understand the honor is not bestowed by... Continue Reading →

When opposites co… exist

The human mind is one of the few places where two opposing things can be true at the same time. The tension between opposites gives rise to what's exciting about life. Control – Surrender Momentum – Stasis Intellect – Heart Masculine – Feminine Strength – Flexibility Communal – Individual Gravity – Laughter Life – Death... Continue Reading →

Saved by “The Next Big Thing”

Surprise, gratitude, and relief came to visit when I saw that Kourtney Heintz had tagged me to participate in The Next Big Thing. I've been working on a blog post for several days that hasn't come together yet. How much less stressful to answer a set of structured questions about my work-in-progress and pass the... Continue Reading →

Head down and dreaming

I took a break this past week from my novel-in-progress to finish up a short story for submission to the San Mateo County Fair Literary Anthology. Pig races and high art Now, who even knew that the San Mateo County Fair had a Literary Arts Department? Certainly I didn't. The last time I went to... Continue Reading →

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