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Nov 29

November 29, 2015

#NoMoWriMo: Why I Stopped Writing My Novel

National Novel Writing Month: NaNoWriMo. It’s a thing. I’ve participated for several years now, winning a couple of times (winning means writing 50,000 words of dubious merit in 30 days) or not winning sometimes. Since I started writing my “Hot Off the Press” Veronika Layne mystery series, I have found NaNoWriMo to be an excellent way to draft a new book in the series. I’m writing my third Veronika story now, after just launching the second book at an epic…

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Nov 9

November 9, 2015

Contest: Win Veronika Nail Polish and Two Signed Books!

I am more than just blogging this week — I am sharing exciting contest news. A couple of weeks ago I was minding my own business when a friend, Michelle Chouinard, who happens to be a popular nail polish blogger at Lacquer or Leave Her, somehow hooked me up with Amy Milder, who makes literary-based polishes at Literary Lacquers. Amy invented two beautiful polishes based on the story of my newest novel, Veronika Layne Has a Nose for News. The…

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Sep 27

September 27, 2015

When Reading Saved My Life

I was a special guest at an event last week, the 30th anniversary celebration for our local adult literacy program. The non-profit Alameda Reads teaches immigrants and adult learners how to read and write in English. As part of the celebration, several of the participants read a short piece about an event in their lives. For some, it was the first piece of creative writing they had ever done. It was an honor to hear them reading, in front of…

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Sep 13

September 13, 2015

How is This Possible? Coincidences and Other Disasters

I spend a lot of my time howling the cosmic yawp into the blue beyond. It looks, to mortal eyes, like I’m making lunch and beating a deadline and running errands and remembering to put out the trash cans. But I assure you, a goodly portion of every day is given over to caterwauling (mostly in my inside voice but not always) on the WHY of everyday living. The WHY of how did we get here? The WHY of how…

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Sep 7

September 7, 2015

Shelf-Sitters Anonymous

First things first: Say “shelf-sitters” three times. Fast. Do it. You said self-shitters, didn’t you? You did. I know it. What is a shelf-sitter? It’s a term I have heard used only once in my life, but appropriated and used, at least in my mind, ever since. In third grade, Miss Ellis had a list of books we were to check out from the library on our once-weekly visit: An autobiography. A non-fiction book. A book about an animal. A…

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