Monday, May 9, 2016


I have a love-hate relationships with retellings.

On the one hand, I love when I find a clever retelling.  For example, I'm currently reading Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible, which is a modern-day Pride & Prejudice retelling.  Overall, I'm enjoying it.  But since I've already read Pride & Prejudice, I kinda know the plotline and the characters. 

It's sort of how I feel about remakes and even sequels to good movies:  You loved the first one and you want to watch the second one but the second one is never as good as the first and after you watch the sequel or remake you wonder why they just couldn't leave a brilliant thing alone.

With authors and retellings, while I appreciate the cleverness (and good writing) of a retelling, I have to wonder why a talented author couldn't dream up a totally new story on his or her own.

Thoughts, dreams, aspirations?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

What do you get when you mix green jackets, golfers, and books? Why, you get a sweet mention for your book in USA Today!

The first of the four major tournaments in the men's PGA Tour tees off today at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia and imagine my surprise when I'm minding my own business and I happen to be reading this article in USA Today and my book Hooked is mentioned in practically the same paragraph.

So, thank you, USA Today! Keep calm and golf on.

To read the article, go here.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Keep Calm and Hike On

Luckily I can just walk outside my door and breathe in the desert and I am grateful for that every day.

Here are a few recent photos from recent treks in the desert around my home. 

Spring is such a great time of year for hiking because of the cactus flowers and all of the wildflowers.  My husband and I try to get in as many hikes as possible before the summer heat, although we still hike in the summer. Just not as often.

This is where I go to clear my head and sometimes I even get a story idea or two.  Or a line for a poem that's brewing inside my head.  But, sometimes, it's nice not thinking of anything and  You know?

Good times.


Monday, February 29, 2016

A Few Good Reads

Haven't done one of these posts in a while.  As usual, I read a ton.  Lately I've been reading loads of nonfiction and poetry, which is a big detour from my usual YA and fiction preferences.  Variety is the spice of life, right?

Anyway, here are some books that I'd like to recommend:

Tops on my list definitely goes to Boys in the Boat.  And, I mean, wowza. Big wow.  What an incredible story.  This is the kind of book that I will buy and then lend it to everyone in my circle of bookworm friends. 

It's the true story about a group of guys from the University of Washington who, against all odds, won the Olympic gold during the 1936 Olympics.  Loved, loved, loved it.  Their personal stories were compelling. Couldn't put it down.

Side note: I volunteer at a local assisted living facility. One of the residents that I sit with often is a lovely Swiss woman who lived in Germany during the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a young teen.  She remembered attending these Olympics, even remembered these "boys in the boat."  It was fascinating to talk about this book with her.  She told me about the time that she (had to) shake Hitler's hand.  She remembered that with a shudder.  Shortly after that point, she and her family emigrated to the US.  Anyway, how timely. I am so privileged that I got the chance to talk about this story with her.

Next on my list:  Practically anything written by Charles Bukowski, but mostly his poetry.  I've been reading through all of Bukowski's books at my local library and only recently discovered him.  Bukowski died in the mid 1990's during his 70's.  But he left behind a long list of literary works.  Most of his writing is gritty, dark, and oftentimes funny, but dark-funny, if that makes any sense.  His poems are not full of light and joy and unicorns, so reader-beware.  I haven't read one yet that I didn't like.  I've also enjoyed reading about his perseverance at becoming and being a writer.  He doesn't mince words about publishing, writing, editors, and the publishing world and just about any writer/author can relate to his candid perspectives.  Although he'd been writing his whole life, he hadn't had much success until his 40's.  Anyway, I appreciate his poetry. Maybe you will too.

Love is a Dog from Hell is the last one I finished. But I've also read Open All Night, and The Last Night of the Earth Poems.

As usual, I keep track of everything that I read over at Goodreads.  I generally only rate and review those books that make an impact on me in some way.

Happy Reading!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Super Bowl Commercials 2016

The Super Bowl is the one time of year where I love to watch the commercials and hope for something funny and clever and mostly funny. And, btw, go Broncos!

There were a lot of funny ones yesterday (and a few weird ones--hello, monkey baby puppies?). That was bizarre.  And I have no idea what they were selling.

Ryanville was still my favorite, although the Weiner dog stampede one was pretty weird-cute.  And I liked the one where the father was being overprotective of his daughter.  Sweet, funny, and cute.  Although it doesn't mean though that I'm gonna go out and buy a Hyundai.

Noticeably missing this year: Labrador puppies and the Budweiser Clydesdale horses.

What about you?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Christmas in February

I just learned that both Hooked and Played are being offered for $2.99 on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

Not sure how long the publisher will be offering this promotion but I'm calling it Christmas in February.  And I'm pretty sure I paid more than $2.99 for my last latte. 

So, there's that.  :) 

Happy Reading and have a great week!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Got Resolutions?

I'm typically not a fan of New Year's resolutions.  Resolutions seem to be synonymous with failure.  I prefer to call them goals.  I know, silly.  But it works for me.  Here are a few of mine for 2016:

1) Paint more.
2) Write more poetry.
3) Travel more. (Three trips planned thus far for 2016)
4) Cook more.  (Translation: Less takeout; more home-cooked meals)
5) Disconnect more from technology.

Curious.  More seems to be a common denominator in my goals...

#5 was one of my 2015 goals and I think I had moderate success.  When I disconnect, I'm more productive. 

Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Wishing you health and happiness and more in the New Year.  Happy 2016!