Part IV: In The New Year

Photo Above: While strolling through the Liberty Station Arts District around Christmastime, Hubby & I, along with Dear Daughter and Boyfriend, stepped into La Galleria. I turned to Hubby and said, “If you ever want to buy me a gift, anything in this shop will do.” You can check out some of their offerings on… Continue reading Part IV: In The New Year

Book Review: Absence of Grace by Kevin St. Jarre

I had the honor of reading an advance copy of Kevin St. Jarre’s soon-to-be-released novel, Absence of Grace and wrote this review in hopes that other readers will find it useful. If you like fast-paced adventure stories with horror, supernatural, metaphysical, and/or religious elements, you’ll enjoy this one for sure.  ABSENCE OF GRACE by Kevin… Continue reading Book Review: Absence of Grace by Kevin St. Jarre

Part III: In The New Year

Photo above: This is a walking bridge in Mission Trails Park where my husband and I have been hiking over the past year. We’ve ALMOST completed our goal of covering every single trail in the park. 65 MILES of trails covering 7,000 acres. I have one more of the five peaks to climb, while hubby… Continue reading Part III: In The New Year

Part II: In The New Year

Photo above: My first read of the new year was Good Faith, a 2003 book written by the fabulous Jane Smiley. Written in first person and set in the 1980s just as the inflation and recession ended and America was poised to surge into the deregulated 80s, Good Faith tells the story of a small-town… Continue reading Part II: In The New Year

Part I: In The New Year

Happy New Year, my friends! I’m so delighted you’re here.  IN THE NEW YEAR [Part I of  IV] In the new year, there will be surprises. There will be joys and disappointments. There will be days that drag like riding a flat-tired bicycle and weeks that spring along at Olympic-athlete speeds. Soon Valentine’s Day will… Continue reading Part I: In The New Year

Witchy Woman: Q & A with Nancy Gardner

The cover of Dream Stalker by Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner, whose new novel, DREAM STALKER just came out in both ebook and paperback, likes to garnish her mystery stories with a paranormal twist.  DREAM STALKER is the first in a series of three books the New England author has planned. It tells the story of Lily Scott, a modern-day Salem witch who is… Continue reading Witchy Woman: Q & A with Nancy Gardner

A Model Writing Life

An Interview with Former NYC Runway Model and YA Author, Nicole Gabor “I think it all started with a feeling of what I wanted to say,” Nicole Gabor types as we begin our online chat interview. Although it would have been fun to dress up and meet in person somewhere in New York City–at a… Continue reading A Model Writing Life

Cozy Butterfly Project

[UPDATED March 2022] So, awhile back I had the idea of starting a comfort shawl project that would allow myself and others to encourage women engaged in the hard work of transforming themselves and their lives.  A couple years ago, as an enthusiastic but scattered knitter with basic to intermediate skills, I’d been drawn to… Continue reading Cozy Butterfly Project

3 Cool Ways to Work Around Procrastination

Procrastination. As a writer, I’ve built elaborate scaffolds of procrastination, making work that is really an avoidance of the work of novel-writing.  I’ve built a website. I started a blog. I created a new Facebook account. I began writing female-empowerment flash fictions to post on Facebook.  I made an Instagram account. I took photos of… Continue reading 3 Cool Ways to Work Around Procrastination