Brain Pickings & Some Good Books

The best way to get Trump out of your head is to read the smart, inspiring, eloquent website called Brain Pickings written by Maria Popova. Her piece on the new memoir by Bill Hayes about his relationship to Oliver Sacks and New York caused me to order it instantly. (Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and…

Kaizen for 2017

  I’m not quite clear how it got to be 2017, but here we are. Another year and a clean slate ahead of us.(Many of you may be relieved to hear that I’m not going to waste one more ounce of energy ranting about politics this year.) What will you write in 2017? Are you…

Lake Arrowhead Writers Retreat

  The spring Writers Retreat in Lake Arrowhead is coming up in March. A few spaces are still open. It’s limited to ten. Here’s the info: Come join us at the Writers Retreat in Lake Arrowhead  March 17 -19th. Maybe you have a final draft to complete and need a quiet place to focus, or…

A Driverless FedEx Truck & Other Tales

  So let me tell you what’s been going on in my life. November was not wonderful. First of all there was the election that still makes me want to bang my head on my desk. Why, how? And I can’t move to Mexico – my original plan – because I’ve got these grandchildren I…

Saturday at Vromans

  Come join us at Vromans this coming Saturday (12/10/16) 9:00 – noon for a writing workshop. We’ll be doing writing exercises and workshopping (if you have something you want to read for feedback please email me or leave a comment so I can schedule you in.)  We meet the second Saturday of every month…

Rollercoasters & Caterpillar Goo

Here’s the rollercoaster of writing a book: Oh, it’s good! Oh, it’s boring! Oh oh! Awful! Wonderful! Up and down for months if not years. Sometimes you have to write a bad book to get to the good book. Sometimes you get breathless with anxiety and decide take up knitting or skate boarding or raising…

Bear Witness

Yesterday was a hard day. I was lucky though, I had a class to teach. A roomful of like minded people who wrote their way through tears and anger. Some of the writing exercises I had prepared a few days before turned out to be timely. A line from a Mary Oliver poem as a…

A Gift From the Sea

God willing we’ll be able to exhale tomorrow. Meanwhile I’m rereading A Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and feeling calmer. This book is amazing – first published in 1955 and still necessary reading. She writes about searching for a purity of intention, a singleness of eye, a central core to her life,…

Discovering Your Story: A Writing Workshop

I’m excited about the new writing workshop that starts next Saturday (October 8th) at Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena. Whether you’re just beginning to write or have a manuscript in process, come join us on this new adventure. Below is the info about the workshop from Vromans website:   Discovering Your Story: A Writing Workshop Saturdays,…

Naked in Public: Writing Workshops

  I read somewhere that the two things people fear more than death are public speaking and writing. Now when you combine the two, getting up and reading what you’ve written in front of a bunch of people – well it’s a wonder that anyone ever has the nerve to take a writing workshop. After…