All my best laid plans to get three chapters written, a short video filmed for the Kickstarter, and the final business plan approved while on vacation clearly went bust. Furthermore, I came back still fighting the upper respiratory infection, exhaustion and one of the most stressful vacations I’ve ever had the audacity to
The Bliss Quest
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Eat My Bliss!
Because when you’ve been hangin’ out with childhood friends from Alaska at a “build your own pizza party” – some things just never get old. The salami-stuffed wiener roll. It’s been almost seventeen years, and while some things change – the good stuff always stays the same.
This trip to Alaska has been a very much needed homecoming. Many of my friends are already joking and prodding for me to move back – and I have to be honest and admit, I consider it often. This last week especially was such a beautiful mix of friends, family, nature and glorious landscapes that [...]
I’ve been taking pictures of different mushrooms and trying to figure out what they are. This one is a mystery and I’ve got another half dozen to hunt down on the interwebs. Go Go gadget internet!
Well, I haven’t yet been eaten by a bear. Although, it’s not for the lack of bears, but perhaps they just don’t prefer my type of chub. Anywhoo, there’ve been bears sighted around town all week and I took this picture out by the hatchery this afternoon. Needless to say, MeMe has been reminding me [...]
And there was bear crap all over the grass… Also, this is Sleeping Lady Mountain from Kincaid Park. Arrived safely and am setting out to catch up with everyone!
It’s no secret on this blog how much I hate panty shopping. In fact, I suspect everyone is tired of hearing about it. So much so, that several of my girlfriends over the years have purchased either sexy panties, or gift cards to Victoria Secret for me so I can own some underthings that aren’t [...]
After yesterday’s post I got a slew of Facebook posts and emails from people alternately thinking it was funny or just really tragic. I won’t deny my fictional dating life is very much a tragedy, but I’m also happy that my schadenfreude is of use to others. Of course, most people assume I’m talking about [...]
Jessica: Have you been thinking about any guys lately? Me: (shrugging and blushing) Well, there is this guy… I’ve been thinking about him a lot… Jessica: Is he real? Me: (stalled) um… well… not exactly, no. Not…technically. Jessica: (bursts out laughing) See? You’re the only one I ever have to clarify that wit
The flood rains began in earnest this weekend. The Portland spring deluge has been underway, meaning the gutters overflow no matter how clean they are simply because the amount of water pouring off the roof is still too heavy for the downspouts. During these downpours, I love to get up and go to the back [...]
My dreams have been unusually active of late. Often I’m waking up more tired than when I went to bed. There are lots of new characters emerging, some plot lines being worked through and a few seeds being planted for conflicts I hadn’t thought of before, but would add a lot of depth to the [...]
It’s no secret that I’m homesick. The kind of homesick that creates a distracted longing and often a despondent lack of motivation. It’s no secret that I miss the mountains, real mountains. I miss the fresh air and green of Valdez, and the cool, tourmaline waters. I miss the eagles and the glaciers, the peaks [...]
It’s not too late to register for Summer in Words at the Oregon Coast! I won a scholarship for tuition, so this will be my second year attending! I’m so stoked. Can’t wait to spend the weekend in Cannon Beach, talking about writing, words, story building and character with other passionate writers and creators. As [..
It’s been a rough and beautiful few days. While my heart is heavy with the tragic news of a death in our circle of friends, and the unrelated, but heart-crushing horrors of the tornado in Oklahoma – there is also news of a new pregnancy in our circle, an unrelated but very much anticipated engagement [...]
Proof of age gap…. Admiral Fubar: I finally found some jeans that were long enough, but get this? They didn’t even have a zipper – just these five stupid buttons! WTF? Me: Uhm. Were they Levi 501s? Admiral Fubar: Yeah! Just buttons! Me: Yeeaaahhhh, that’s because it’s a button fly. Admiral Fubar: So when did [...]
The highlight of the Tiki-themed birthday party was not the drinking of my first Jet Pilot, which took two hands to hold and was on FIRE. It wasn’t the whole pig roasting on a spit. It wasn’t the strange cast of characters dressed as mermaids, pirates or island explorers… No, the highlight of the party [...]
The opening scene from book two of The Pillars of Dawn is now up for review on Wattpad. If all goes well I’ll be pushing through beta reads this summer, and setting up a kickstarter in August to cover editorial, design, and marketing. Crossing my fingers for an October 2013 launch! A Scold of Jays [...]
When I mentioned to a co-worker that I am looking forward to my Dad’s annual Mother’s Day phone call (wherein he politely, lovingly, reminds me I’m his unwed/childless daughter, and my fertility window is getting smaller every year) she was horrified. I tried to reassure her that he does it with love, and a little [..
Admiral Fubar: I thought your first Jeep was green or dark blue or something. Me: Naw, it was that big black Jeep. The monster Jeep with the lift kit and big tires, the one that made everyone think I was a lesbian. Admiral Fubar: … you mean you’re not?….does dad know?…. I laughed for like [...]
The sun is out in Portland, which means everyone is wearing shorts and tanks and taking the tops off their vehicles to soak in some Vitamin D. Everywhere I look, the “Portland glow” is nearly blinding with the pasty pale skin of winter being bared all over town. I’m no exception. I practically had to [...]
Just a reminder for the Load Local Launch Party! Tomorrow, May 4th at Jacobsen’s Books and More! 4-7pm! Come join the shindig!
Today I sent off my last submission package before summer. I’m gonna take a break from marketing and submissions for the summer and focus on cranking out the writing for book two and a couple of the short stories from Aria. Anyhow, the post office guy saw my package and asked, “Is this another book?” [...]
Howdy folks, I just wanted to invite you out to a Load Local book launch that will be featuring Murder of Crows as one of the local book options. It’s at Jacobsen’s Books & More 3rd anniversary party in Hillsboro on Saturday, May 4th from 4-7pm. Spread the word. They are one of the first [...]
It’s rare for me to see a bald eagle, much less in my neighborhood in Washington. It wasn’t unusual to see dozens of eagles when I lived in Alaska, a few even became regular fixtures around certain areas of town, as they return to the same nest every year. But surprisingly, there are three mature [...]
Admiral Fubar picked up new spark plugs and helped me change out the old ones on the jeep. Do I not have the coolest little brother on the planet? Thank you, Admiral Fubar, my baby brother, for being such an awesome support. You’re a wonderful friend and I appreciate all that you do!!
I’m super pleased to be able to tell everyone that my friend Amanda Sartor, who did the brilliant cover illustration for ‘Murder of Crows’ will be having her amazing art featured in the next issue of Spectrum!! Pick up a copy! She’s truly fantastic and I can’t wait to keep spreading the news! CONGRATULATIO
Okay, Barnes and Noble, I draw the line at calling it non-fiction. Really??