Road Trip Retro, 2015: An Extra Helping of Blessings

If you read the previous post, you’ll know that RT 2014 came with extra drama. But the following year, as memory and these photos remind me, the sun SHONE on Red Rover and her occupants. Our blessings started with a … Continue reading

Memo From Dept. of Shameless Self-Promotion: Have I Got a Quarantine Book For You!

For a novelist with a blog, I gotta say, I RARELY blog about my novels. But watching some eagles wheel in the sky the other day, it hit me: could there be better binge-reading during a national lockdown than a … Continue reading

Confessions of the Clueless, Part IV: NaNoWriMo Got You Down? Try WriBoYoWaWri!

You’ve heard of NaNoWriMo? (That’s National Novel Writing Month–an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November.) Well, today this clueless author is celebrating something more personal: WriBoYoWaWri. That is… writing the book you (or I, … Continue reading

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#hashtags #makemefeellikeI’mbackin #middleschool  #tryingwaytoohardtobe #cool #notfullyconvinced #Icanpullitoff #orevenwantto #butitstimeto #promotemynewbook #altitude #flyingburgowskitrilogybook3 #ya #fantasy #book #girl #flying = #hot #comingofage #tothineownselfbetrue #magicvsmaturation #discoveringlifesmorethanyourownlittleproblems = #not #theysayhashtagshelpyou #jointheconversation #feelslikeshoutingintoa #crowdedroom #alreadytooloudinhere #wouldibuyabookfromsomeonewhosscreamingatme #dontthinkso #besidesiloveandhonor #punctuation  #callmeoldfashioned #justpleasereadmy #books #flyingburgowski #headwinds #altitude … Continue reading

“Read Me a Story!” How to Spice Up Author Readings

Face it–we all love Drama. Even when we say we don’t. Period. We also love being read aloud to. IF the reader is animated. IF the story catches our attention. IF we’re not too distracted by when’s dinner-what-time-do-I-have-to-get-up-tomorrow-wonder-how-bad-traffic-is-did-I-even-remember-to-thaw-that hamburger-oh-shoot-I-forgot-to-call-so-and-so to … Continue reading

Confessions of an Imperfectionist, Part II

I have finished another landscape quilt, and I’m bursting with pride. Please, look at my pictures! But don’t look too close. “The Enchantments”–based on my Happy Place in the central Cascades. Detail of the bottom. I like to have the … Continue reading

Hunted: Why My Book Would Be Banned in Russia

If you’ve been paying the slightest attention, you would know that Russia is not a good place to be gay right now. If you have any doubts, Ben Steele’s documentary, Hunted: The War on Gays in Russia, clears those doubts … Continue reading

“So How Many Books Have You Sold?” Why Does That Question Make Me Tense?

Before I published The Flying Burgowski, the question that used to tense me up was “So, are you published?” Now that I’m an Official Author, this is the question that clenches my gut. “So how many books have you sold?” Insecurity? … Continue reading