So You Want to Write a Book

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Often, when I tell someone I write books, they say, “Oh! I want to write a book!” If you’re one of those people, here’s your chance. On January 17th, at the Coalesce Bookstore, I will present a short workshop designed to kick-start your book onto the best-seller list. Alright, I can’t guarantee how far we’ll get your book, but if you …

Starting

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Some days it’s harder to start than others. I haven’t gotten up at five to write, probably in years. It’s good. Dark beyond the window but the neighbor’s rooster crows and her donkey brays. The dogs are a little confused but they’ve settled back to sleep on the couch. (Yes, the couch!) Cats are out, crouched in the darkness, waiting …

The Late Great Vladimir Pootin

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Pat the Cat (later to evolve into Toot, Tu-Tu, Pootin) came to us a starving, homeless kitten, hungry enough to ravage a watermelon rind. Over the course of his life with us he turned into the swaggering, fully man-skirted Prince of Couches you see napping happily below. If Pat was a man, he’d have been the marrying kind, the steady-Freddy, solid, …

Working

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In between walking in the rain, taking care of the chickens, and trying to dominate my fantasy leagues, I really am writing. Really. But for all you Franco fans, don’t get too excited. This novel revolves around a soldier in Italy immediately after WWII. No lesbians or detectives in sight. Yet. My books have a tendency to write me so …

Rain

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The first rain of the year has come. It is a fierce, howling storm from the south. To celebrate the end of another fire season I take the dogs for a hike in the canyon. Sheltered from the worst of the wind they are happy and chase each other in tight round circles. While they’re distracting themselves I notice a …

Fall, Football, Seasons

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I mark the year by happenings more than dates. The month we got our chickens, the morning I first noticed that the white summer sun had given way to the warm honey color of fall, the first pre-season football game, first cold snap, first regular season game, fall equinox, building the first fire of the year…I couldn’t tell you the …

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Good eye, Katherine! Yes, for those of you who wondered, the wooden figure on my desk (zoom in to the left of the computer) is Papa Legba. In Haitian vodou, Papa Legba is the guardian of the crossroads. He stands on the threshold between the seen and unseen worlds, and it is Papa Legba who must be propitiated before any …

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So many books to write, so little time! I love my day job and it’s very demanding right now, hence writing has taken a back seat. I miss it. I get flat and blah when I’m not writing. Plus, I have two manuscripts sitting in my drawer with no home in sight, and that puts a damper on writing anything …

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Even more snow on Friday! It only lasted for an hour but it was perfect because I was home and warm in bed with a fire going and the dogs tucked in beside me. I watched siskins and goldfinches vying over feeder holes while house finches, California towhees, titmice, white-crowned sparrows and a lone white-breasted nuthatch took turns next door …