Hitched!

Dear Reader, Those of you who know me, know I have never felt strongly about the institution of marriage. You’ve heard me say, “A one-time commitment, even if you have spent a fortune on it, inviting all your friends, springing for a fancy hall, is not enough to keep...

Cutting Tomatoes at Esalen Institute

One of my oldest friends recently told me a story about herself that involved a place I love. The friend has asked that I give her a pseudonym, so I’ll call her Wise Old Owl. The place is Esalen Institute. If you’ve never heard of Esalen, it’s time you did. Carved...

Nicked from the White House: A Holiday Musing

I have a friend who, due to the exceptional company he keeps, got an invite to this year’s White House Christmas party. His name is Rafe Chase. He’s a brilliant improviser, and is known to improv aficionados as one of the players who helped shape the unique,...

Rooms That Write

I once had someone say to me, “If I had a room like that, I could write a novel too.” It wasn’t someone I knew, a friend of a friend, I’m proud to say; I like to think none of my friends would say something so foolish. “Really?” I wanted to say, “you think the room’s...

The Power of Fiction

I got a big compliment the other day. A friend, I’ll call her Mothra, had just handed back my latest manuscript—working title: Perfect Little Worlds—after marking it up with various punctuation and line edits. I like to think of her work as helping me sniff out what I...

Anybody Out There?

Dear Reader, I’ve been told people don’t care about author’s websites anymore; it’s all about our social media sites. I’ve also heard tons of tips about blogging. Do this. Don’t do that. None of it matters, though, if no one’s...

Salon Madness

So tonight, in the writing salon that I teach, we were writing personal stories in a journalistic style. The outcome was hilarious. Here’s one of my twenty-minute writes. It’s unedited. Enjoy. A Million Dollar Smile One Woman’s Decision to Change her...

Audio Book Giveaway

Dear Reader, Some exciting news: The Middle of Somewhere is now available on Audible! With me reading! I recorded my award-winning novel with Dog Ear  Audio a few years back and it was available on CD. But now you can download it onto your iPhone, iPod, whatever. And...

All things Star Trek

I wouldn’t qualify as a Trekky, but as a kid, I watched the first half of every single Star Trek episode. It came on at dinner time. As we were not a family that watched TV during dinner, it meant I was torn away from the TV before I ever found out how the...

Amanda’s Not So Special Christmas

With Christmas Eve came Amanda’s desire for family tenderness, the kind she saw in movies and read about in books: a blazing fire, her family sitting around playing games or telling stories while outside a dusting of snow turned the world into a glittery holiday card....