Women Writers, Come on Down!

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Or up, if you live south of Santa Barbara. Still time to get in on the Santa Barbara Women’s Literary Festival  this Saturday, May 3rd, 0830 – 1530, at the Fess Parker Doubletree. See you there! “The Mission of the Women’s Literary Festival Santa Barbara is to present the work of contemporary female authors from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences …

“And the Winner is….”

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Lucky me!! I entered the Santa Barbara Writers Conference “Best First Line” Contest and won with the opening to Cry Havoc: Lieutenant L.A. Franco glanced at her Timex. Eight fifteen and already ninety in the shade. She watched her rookie detective prowl the scene. The kid’s first homicide, and wouldn’t it have to be a dead man sitting naked in …

My Writing Process Blog Tour

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Got the nod from Barrett, so here’s my contribution to #Mywritingprocess Blog Tour. 1. What am I working on? (Casey, Kelly, close your eyes. Skip to next question.) The answer is, not a damn thing. See last question for clarification. 2. How does my work differ from others in the same genre? Great question. My work doesn’t fit snuggly into …

To Indie Publish or Not, That is NOT the Question!

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At least not for this author. In 2011 I self-published my novel The River Within. It was torturous. From the “simple” uploading onto Smashwords, to the “easy” publication at CreateSpace, the tears and cursing continued through promotion,  accounting,  blogging – blah, blah, blah – I loathed it all. The only thing I liked about self-publishing was being able to give …

Why we love Beth Burnett

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I had the great good fortune to meet Beth Burnett last fall at the first evah Left Coast Lesfic Conference. Her spirit and soul sing to me, and I suspect to almost everyone she meets. Read her post about joy and see if you don’t fall in love, too. http://bethsnewlife.com/2014/03/03/living-in-joy/

The Labyrinth

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  I’ve come down from the mountains and so miss walking their forests of pine and fir and cedar. To at least be near trees, I went for a walk this morning along a trail that runs beside a creek and beneath an evergreen bower of oak and bay. There’s a small clearing between creek and trail where someone, weeks …

Reclaimed

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Had the great good fortune to be able to help a friend drive from California to Santa Fe. Found the whole trip through low and high desert terribly moving. It was only as I was leaving it on the last morning, that I realized this is where nature reclaimed me. I was twenty-eight years old when I first came to …

A Hermit Goes Walkabout

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The Jersey wedding at the end of May.           Tassajara at the start of June, stuck in a canyon with a hundred other people – albeit delightful people and a gorgeous setting.           Four days at the Dallas Golden Crown Literary Conference, the last of June, with about 200 of the nicest …