How not to use Twitter

I am by no means a Twitter maven. I’m still figuring out hash tags and @ mentions. However, even I could have warned the NYPD’s social media managers that they should probably not [...]

Mid April

Hello dears. What have I been up to, you ask?  (You don’t?  Telling you anyway). Website:  I have been remiss in my posting, but it’s all for a good cause.  Have you noticed the new [...]


Today is Teen Literature Day, which means it’s time to #rockthedrop What is #RocktheDrop?  It’s the day when you grab a young adult book you think someone might like to read, print a [...]

Less than one day left

We’re giving away a one-of-a-kind, annotated version of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, full of margin scribbles by moi.  Notes on inspiration, behind-the-scenes info and just doodles in the [...]


People, there is SNOW ON MY DAFFODILS ON APRIL 15th.  Make that ten minutes into the 16th.  Do I live in Alaska?  The Arctic Circle?  NO.  Gardening hardiness zone 6B, meaning… Forget what [...]

NaNoWriMo Day 15

Happy Tax Day for those of you in the U.S. Three things are inescapable in the life of a writer: death, taxes, and dissatisfaction with how much one has written.  Today, at the halfway mark of [...]

Medicine Soup

Anyone who knows me knows I am a dismal cook.  Start with a forgetfulness that requires timers to keep from burning things and a low tolerance for failure and drudgery and what you get is someone [...]

Thank you, Falmouth, MA

This weekend I had the privilege of visiting Falmouth, Massachusetts to talk about THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY and meet a whole lot of cool folks. The event was organized by the awesome Eight [...]

Daffodils and Forsythia

It is officially spring when I can make a bouquet of daffodils and forsythia for my living room.  A slice of sunshine right on my antique reclaimed factory cart coffee table.  Few things can lift [...]

Time for a name change

Maybe it was the crazy winter we just had.  Or the fact that my crocuses (croci?) were about a month behind schedule due to snow pack.  Or the United Nations report that said we are already at [...]

NaNoWriMo: Day 7

Yesterday, on the 7th day of National Novel Writing Month, I went over the 10,000 word mark in my 60,000 word novel.  I’m just 2,000 words shy of being at 20% complete.  Yay me! There is a [...]

Virginia is for happy

What an amazing weekend I’ve had so far!  This Friday I was invited to speak at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.  Later I signed books at Hooray for Books in Alexandria. [...]

NaNoWriMo: Day 3

2,010 words.  And not many more to wring out of myself tonight.  I was sure I wasn’t going to be able to do it, but I consistently forget what a stubborn old bird I am when I’ve [...]

NaNoWriMo: Day 1

Today was Day 1 of my “Write 2,000 Words Every Day” challenge for National Novel Writing Month.  I wrote 1,139 on my novel, although if you count the two blog posts I wrote this [...]