Welcome to My Blog

Welcome to my blog. I’m a writer. Although I came to it late, writing is now intertwined in much of my life. I’ve written 4 ½ novels about the same character, Anne O’Malley. The first one, Quest for the Ivory Caribou, is available to buy. In it, 60-year-old Anne is depressed by her recent widowhood […]

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My Favorite Book

Interviewers often ask people what their favorite books are and why. No one asked, but I’ll tell you anyway. Without a doubt, my favorite book is Never in Anger: A Portrait of an Eskimo Family by Jean L. Briggs. I bought my copy in 1972, shortly after it was first published. Forty-eight years later, it’s […]

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Vegetable Dreams

It’s amazing how simple things can bring us joy.  And it’s wonderful to realize that no matter our age, there are still new things to savor in life.  Currently, I’m savoring fruits and vegetables. I recently told a friend that once a week I receive a box of organic fruit and vegetables from a (sort […]

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The Dorsett Golden

New desk delivered Who knew the old one (gone) held So much useless stuff. I bought a new desk and filing cabinet. When I cleaned out file folders in the process of moving them to the new drawers, I found the receipt for the Dorsett Golden apple tree I bought in 2001 to be a […]

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My Immigrant Mom

All the recent talk about immigrants makes me think about my mother. She married my father and emigrated from England in 1930. She lived in the US, mostly in California, until her death in 1988. She went home to England to visit family on only two occasions. She chose never to become a citizen. When […]

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Why Write?

I write and I teach writing. If you think I’m going to tell you why I write—not this time. This is about why you should be writing. I don’t often tell others what I think they should do with their lives, but I do feel strongly that we all need to, at least, write memoirs. […]

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What if . . .

I wrote a post about science fiction and fantasy books that I’ve reviewed, including one called Wandering City Blues by Jonny Lupsha. I liked that book, and I hope to read more by this author. (I’ll add the relevant paragraphs at the end in case you want to glance through them.) * * * After […]

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Setting Writing Goals

“How much should I be writing?” The answer is, “As much as you want.” Your goals are exactly that, yours. Writing is one of the few endeavors where you get to be totally selfish (unless someone else is paying you for your time.) But true productivity isn’t just measured in number of words or pages. […]

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Science Fiction

Working as a book reviewer has been surprising. When I started, I had a mental list of what I wanted to read and what I would enjoy. Science fiction and fantasy were nowhere on that list. Well, after reviewing almost 300 books, I’ve learned. It turns out that there’s good writing everywhere, even in genres […]

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Samples of Hooks

The first sentence in your writing is called the hook. It is quite literally intended to hook the reader into to wanting to buy your book. If you’re intending to try traditional publishing, it should hook the reader at whatever agency you send your manuscript to.  You don’t have to have the perfect hook when […]

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