Roslyn Writing Marathon

Earlier this week I joined six other writers for the first ever Roslyn Writing Marathon, part of the Fresh Air Artists' Festival sponsored by High Country Artists. Led by writer and educator Janine Brodine, we wandered around town, stopping at various lovely, interesting, and spooky places to write together and read our work to one … Continue reading Roslyn Writing Marathon

Interviewed on Literarily Speaking

Whee! I got to do another author interview, this time on Literarily Speaking. In this one, you can learn where in the world I'd love to travel (hint: it's a place where people are famed for their politeness), who else in my family writes (hint: it's not my brother the tattoo artist), and one of … Continue reading Interviewed on Literarily Speaking

The Journey: an experiment

In The Law of Immediate Forgiveness, the story I'm revising to prepare for submitting to agents and publishers later this summer, Amy June and her Grandpa take a road trip from central Washington to South Dakota. This is a trip I've never done myself, so I asked friends and family who have to contribute their … Continue reading The Journey: an experiment

Inspiration for adventure

Every writer, every artist in another "official" medium, and every artist of life in general, needs inspiration. The good news is, inspiration is everywhere. The trick is to recognize it when we see it. Today I saw inspiration in a new friend of mine. J. is about five feet tall, and weighs something like one … Continue reading Inspiration for adventure

The Journey at Home (Hint: Word Hunters, Look Here!)

Most stories involve travel, in the form of a journey. You know the cliché about the “hero’s journey.” It’s used all the time because it’s something we can relate to – the need to get away, to explore, to experience the unfamiliar and unknown, to travel far and wide before we can find our way … Continue reading The Journey at Home (Hint: Word Hunters, Look Here!)

Euro trip by the numbers

  I've been back in Seattle nearly a full week. I've done half a dozen loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen, walked my doggy, reminded the kitties that their feeding routine doesn't change just because I'm around, received some really nice welcome back greetings at the office, cleaned up the yard a bit, and slept … Continue reading Euro trip by the numbers


Heading for the train station in Bratislava to catch the train for Vienna. Early early early Monday morning  local time, getting on a plane for Seattle. It's been nearly six weeks since I drove a car. I've walked around five castles, been chased by sheep, made new friends, new enemies, and had roaches for roommates. I've learned a lot about … Continue reading Returning

PNP visits the PMP

    This is my favorite building in the old town part of Bratislava. It's the Primaciálny palác (Primate's Palace). It was built in the late eighteenth century. It has a beautiful façade and pretty courtyard with a fountain where someone is slaying a three-headed dragon. It's pink. You know who you are, the friend … Continue reading PNP visits the PMP