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FAIRY DUST

The writing life is mostly comprised of behind-the-scenes, butt-in-the-chair, angst-ridden periods of time in which you are completely certain you’ve made a horrible mistake. You aren’t truly a writer. No one will ever read your work. It will never be published, and if it is, it will only be read …

THE UNKNOWN GALAXIES

Phil and I this evening were talking about how much fun we have together. It’s true. We do. We laugh and talk …

ODE TO THE LOWER EAST SIDE

Every journey begins with putting on your shoes. Or filling out an application for a scholarship to one of the best writing …

MONTANA BOOK FESTIVAL

Phil is writing a book. He’s doing this one book festival at a time during the slow periods when people are tucked …

BREAKING WIDE OPEN

The minute you open yourself to a book’s possibility, synchronicity begins. It’s like buying a red Ford. Pretty soon, everywhere you go …

THANK YOU, KIRKUS REVIEWS!

Not too many of us get up first thing in the morning wondering what the latest book reviews have to say, but …

AUSSIE COOKIES IN BRUT

Personal reveal: Arnott’s cookies from Australia (made with wheat flour) don’t make me sick. We bought six different types of Arnott’s at …

DAVE BOODA AND DARKEN THE PAGE

If you’ve read Blue Moon Vegetarian, you know why this photo depicts a milestone. If you’ve ever renovated a kitchen, you also know …

NASA HELPS LAUNCH BOOK

Absolutely, if almost unbelievably true, NASA posted an incredible image of Western Australia on the day Jagged Edge of the Sky was released. Karma, …

TIME ACCORDING TO HEGEL

  Launch day arrives. Since Friday, I’ve been  making myself available to chat virtually with my group of early readers. So far …

THE TROUBLE WITH WATCHES

I stopped wearing a watch when I was a nurse. You heard me. A nurse who counts pulses and respirations without a …

THE IMP OF THANKSGIVING

On my mind tonight is my dear friend Ed McClanahan, much-beloved Kentucky author of such well-regarded books as The Natural Man and O The …

AC FULLER PODCAST

I loved doing this interview about Blue Moon Vegan. I have to tell you this was all on-the-spot. No interview questions in …

CLEARWATER WOMEN

Seven of us. All women. All writers. Spanning the decades. Mothers, daughters, sisters, spouses, grandmothers. All but two strangers to each other. …

SEPTEMBER BOUQUET

I think I go through it every year at this time. I don’t even know what to call it: shutting down, transitioning, …

JOURNEY IMPERFECT

The moment every writer dreads: turning on the computer to your most current project, only to find it missing, gone, vanished into the …