Category Archives: lifestyles

One Fox, One Hound

No, not THIS Hound…another one, my son’s dog. She’s a mixed breed, but she looks like a Kooikerhondje. No, I swear that’s the name. But let’s just use the easier term “Dutch Spaniel”. It’s been a while since our last … Continue reading

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Culture Shock in America I posed this question: Have you ever visited a part of the country where things were done as an older time, or were far more modern than you are accustomed? I haven’t been to anyplace that … Continue reading

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Stuck in the Present

Our Friday Fox asked, “Have you ever visited a part of the country where things were done as an older time, or were far more modern than you are accustomed?” I’ll begin with the second part of the question. Assuming … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer]

Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer] I picked up Alexa Kang’s “Shanghai Story” for something a little different to read.I had no idea just how different it would be. It is the bravest piece of work that I have … Continue reading

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Unskilled Labor of Love

The actual question of the week was one that I posed: “Do your characters tend to have skills that you have yourself? Do you write about people who do things that you wish that you could manage?” The answer to … Continue reading

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Dollars to Donuts

Jeff-The-Hound brought up: “We all try to avoid plot holes in our own stories… but have you ever encountered one (or more) major plot holes in a book or movie that made you want to scream? Has it been serious … Continue reading

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Prepared for Any Office Emergency

Our Friday Fox asked,  “What is in your desk drawers?” Here’s a clue to my desk organization: I once had a poster on the wall in the music office that said “A clean desk is a sign of an empty … Continue reading

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Words and Stories, Foreign and Domestic

“How do you feel about having one of your novels translated into another language?” Flattered, to begin with. However, I think that I would like to have an independent reader translate back to me what my work ended up saying … Continue reading

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Looking in the Mirror

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What four words best describe you?” I took some time to mull this over. Ten months ago, I might have chosen different words. These days, I’m learning to stay at home more and making do with … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Iris Chacon

I knew that I had to ask Iris Chacon in as a guest as soon as I read her “Schifflebein’s Folly”. It was one of the nicest experiences I have had all year; a charming story so amusingly well-told that … Continue reading

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