I’ve been participating off and on in National Novel Writing Month for close to a decade. I absolutely love the idea that for thirty days in November hundreds of thousands of writers around the world are throwing their hearts and minds into the writing of a novel. Even though I’ve only hit the 50,000 word… Read More NaNoWriMo: Serious Fun
Last August, I got an email about the 2019 Key West Literary Seminar. I’d been there ten years earlier, in 2009, when the theme was Historical Fiction and I was looking for help transforming my academic work on Crossfire and the Hollywood blacklist into a historical novel. That workshop a decade ago with novelist-memoirist-travel writer… Read More The Animal Club
Last winter I came to the Fountain of Youth intending to jumpstart — and hopefully finish — The File on Margot Black, the historical novel project inspired by my academic work on the 1947 film Crossfire and the House Un-American Activities investigation into Hollywood radicalism. Even as I was working on my PhD dissertation and… Read More Auf Wiedersehen, Margot Black
Soon after returning to Nevada City from the Heart of America Tour, I began casting out feelers for a new space to park the Avion. My parents’ place, my long-time home base, is lovely and welcoming in many ways but it’s also several miles outside of town and far enough up the mountain that there’s… Read More Greetings from AROHO
I’ve been in Merced the past few days, hanging out with my sister and her family. This means, of course, that there’s tons of crafting happening. Indeed, within an hour of my arrival, my niece Renee had suggested that we do a craft war. “What’s a craft war?” I asked, wincing inwardly, thinking it was… Read More Craft Wars: Creativity and Competition
Today was one of those days that just gets away from you – early appointments, missed connections, low blood sugar – so I wasn’t able to jump on the Art Studio Tour in and around Los Barriles. Luckily for me, Playa Norte RV park was one of the stops on the tour, right here in… Read More Art in My Own Backyard: Los Barriles’ Art Walk
Thanksgiving morning, 2015. My parents had a full house with my sister, her husband, and their two girls, plus another couple who’d come up for the weekend. To escape the creative chaos in the kitchen, I took my nieces – Julia and Renee (then ten and nine years old) – up the hill to my… Read More Infinity becomes a bird.
That’s my mom and me. I’m the crafting tiger. She’s the madly talented knitting dragon, my first creative role model. I vividly remember being seven or so, working at the kitchen table with my mom, sticking long beaded needles into fuzzy plastic pears to make Christmas ornaments. We’ve both learned a crafty trick or two… Read More Crafting Tiger/Knitting Dragon