The Person from Porlock

This was the early morning vista from my bedroom window the other day: While a snapshot doesn’t do it justice, you get the idea. The scene evoked the exotic, and it wasn’t long before the word “Xanadu” came to mind. I tried to...

A Case of Mistaken Identity

“It was one of those moments when you think there’s a problem, but you’re not entirely sure. A red flag pops up in the back of your mind and blood stops running to your extremities because you believe you’re about to remember something you wish had never...

Midlife Collage

With my second novel, A Movable Marriage, at the editor’s desk, I’m keeping busy with writing essays and short stories. Following is the start of “A Case of Mistaken Identity.” “My husband and I moved to Portugal last year. When he had to...

National Novel Writing Month: Moving Right Along

“After years of her husband’s wanderlust, Micki DiCosta has had it. She lends her diaries to his best friend to justify herself, but unintended consequences result, affecting the lives of people Micki’s never met…and endangering her own.” That’s the...

NaNoWriMo and the Lockdown

Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month. Tens of thousands of writers around the world are taking the challenge to put 50,000 words (or more) on paper in thirty days. I did it in 2010 and succeeded, and I’m back at it again today. So if I’m...

The Giant Dipper

When was the last time you were on a roller coaster? I mean a real wooden, been–around- forever kind of roller coaster. After leaving Yosemite and spending a week in the Oakland/San Francisco area to visit family and attend a writers’ conference, we headed south to...

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