In a Word: Love

I went on vacation a few weeks ago – eleven whole days away from home.   With me were my husband, son, daughter, daughter’s best friend, and three off-kilter dogs.  Up on Orcas Islands in the San Juans of Washington State, one isn’t exactly cut off.  The FedEx plane makes its daily trip to and from […]

Finding The Truth in Fiction

When I write fiction, I look for truths not yet revealed.  Not always about deeds committed or intended,  some truths are simply revelations a character will have, often about his own soul.  Today I take specific examples from the pieces in my story collection, All The Roads That Lead From Home, to illustrate what I […]

We, Too, Are Worthy

Every writer knows that getting the attention and respect of editors, publishers, agents, and readers can be hard.  It take a lot of work, a lot of patience, and a lot of heart.  But what about from the people you’re close to?  Your friends, people you work with, or even your own family?  Sometimes those […]

Some Nice Reviews

I’ve learned since publishing my story collection that there’s quite a difference between the before and after.  Before a manuscript is accepted for publication, it’s all about crafting, editing, and revising.  And of course being persistent in getting a publisher’s attention.  After the book is in print, it’s about who’s going to read it and […]

Update – January 2012

I’ve got a few more online events to share.  First, my piece for the Story Prize Blog, where I answer questions about my writing process, favorite authors, and the techincal problems I face in crafting a short story.  Many thanks to editor Larry Dark for that one. Rachel Endsley at the Press 53 blog got curious about my […]

Interviews and Author Statements

I’m please to offer links to some interviews and author statements.  First, in David Abrams’ blog, The Quivering Pen, about my first publication.  Meg Pokrass did me proud by including me on her blog, Fictionaut Five.  Former editor and Press 53 family member Clifford Garstang shared space on his wonderful blog, Perpetual Folly.  And I […]


In about ten more minute, the President will address the nation.  The media has been buzzing about it for days, and the Republicans have taken every chance possible to make sure we all understand how weak and incompetent the President is, and how wonderful, brilliant, and insightful they are.  What a bunch of garbage!  What […]

All The Roads That Lead From Home

I’m thrilled to announce the publication of my story collection, All The Roads That Lead From Home, on October 1, 2011 by Press 53.

And May I Introduce . . . .

Today I consider the anxious personality – he who is overwrought, nervous, always on the move, casting quick, desperate glances out of windows.  This is one who stays at home, a shut-in for all intents and purposes, who draws fresh air but twice a day, in the company of a solid, calming soul whose steady […]

Reality Check

Here’s Congress trying to come to terms with the deficit.  The deficit Republicans are blaming on the Democrats, specifically President Obama and what has been perceived as lavish and irresponsible spending.  Just to set the record straight, between 2000 and 2008, it was the Republicans who 1) cut taxes without finding a way to pay […]