Friday, September 23, 2016

YOU ARE HERE is #1 on Amazon. Thank you, Universe!

A wonderful way to start a weekend: My short story YOU ARE HERE is #1 on Amazon.

Life is good.  Thank you, Universe!  Miracles do happen. :)


Monday, August 22, 2016

Too Powerful Not to Share

It's not often you see a room full of middle-school kids reduced to tears. Powerful.

Watch.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

More Right Brained Than Left

...or, how I'm spending my summer vacay.  Such as it is.

Not sure if any of these are wall-worthy, but this is how I'm spending much of my summer.  I prefer abstract painting but I wanted to get back in the swing of things so I took a couple of art classes, and voilĂ .  Let there be fruit.

Maybe next time I will share some of my abstracts.  Those are not as black and white (literally), more emotional, and harder to explain. That's probably why I like abstract art.

Hope you're having a great summer!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Beach Bag Worthy

A couple of good reads...

First, I really enjoyed Katherine Wilson's Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia From My Italian Mother-in-Law.  I read this memoir in anticipation of an upcoming Rome trip and loved the often hilarious interactions between Katherine and her mother-in-law.  The American author moved to Naples in the mid-1990's after college, found a job and fell in love with the city and an Italian.  I now have a serious craving for more travel and lasagna.  Fun book! Toss this one in your beach bag and enjoy, preferably with a cappuccino at your fingertips.

Next, I devoured Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss.  This is a
darker, more literary read.  The writing is gorgeous.  If you anticipate spending hours alone on a beach or poolside, consider this one.  Prentiss does a perfect job of capturing the crazy stubborn desperate beautiful mind of an artist.  Set in the 1980's in SoHo in New York City, I was unable to put this novel down and got totally absorbed in the characters and their intersecting, often very dark, lives. 

Happy Reading!

Have an amazing summer.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Retellings

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 just...be.  You know?

Good times.

:)