Category: Writing

Me & My Big Mouth

Remember some time back when I mentioned how much I love editing? Yeah, that time. If I ever say it again, remind me that I need to keep my trap closed and not taunt the Powers That Be. I’m only partly serious. I still… Continue Reading “Me & My Big Mouth”

Heads Up to Plagiarism Crisis

Morning, all. The following articles came across my desk from the Authors Guild Members Community, and we’ve been encouraged to spread them far and wide. It’s a situation that anyone who loves books — authors as well as readers — should be mindful of,… Continue Reading “Heads Up to Plagiarism Crisis”

Story Snippet from “Thicker Than Water”

What’s gone before: Cora Coleman resides in a New England  village with her family — six-year-old daughter, Rebecca, and husband, Brendan, away to sea aboard a whaling ship. Cora is a good wife — loyal, true — and a goodwife, trained in the use… Continue Reading “Story Snippet from “Thicker Than Water””

And It’s a … Contract!

I am so very pleased to announce that my book, THE MAN WHO LOVES ELEPHANTS, has at long last found a home with the wonderful folks at Ooligan Press, an award-winning, small-but-mighty teaching press  at Portland State University. There is still a lot of… Continue Reading “And It’s a … Contract!”

A Holiday Fat in Elephants

How lucky am I? I also received a lovely elephant Christmas ornament, but neglected to photograph it before packing away the holiday things. (Sorry, Nina.) Our house is a bit drafty in winter (whose isn’t?) and sometimes my hands get cold as I’m working… Continue Reading “A Holiday Fat in Elephants”

Revitalizing

I‘ve been away for some time due to my husband’s surgery and, well, a need to step back and look at the work I do as a writer and my involvement in social media. I’m not one to jump on every new social media… Continue Reading “Revitalizing”

Booksellers Protest Amazon Affiliate

Somehow it had passed my radar that Abebooks is an affiliate of Amazon. So imagine my surprise when I read this article. This is a shameful way to treat booksellers and their authors.

Contest Finalist

I’m very proud to announce that my story “Last Call” was finalist in the F(r)iction Summer 2018 Contest.  This has particular poignancy for me, as the story was written in response to my mother’s battle with dementia and a particular question she once posed… Continue Reading “Contest Finalist”

Story Published

I’m always delighted when I can report the appearance of a new story. One of my latest–“Reclamation”–appears in the latest issue of Wild Musette.  “After the call came with the news of her father’s death, Bryn stood on her apartment stoop three thousand miles away,… Continue Reading “Story Published”

Searching for Data? This might help.

Writers – particularly nonfiction writers – often need to collect reliable data in support of their book proposal.  Google has recently launched Dataset Search with an eye toward making that a little easier to do. I’ve only glanced at it so can’t vouch for its helpfulness,… Continue Reading “Searching for Data? This might help.”