Month: November 2018

Digital Junk

(August 2017) WRITING WEDNESDAY: If you have a pencil and paper, you can write. But we’ve made it much more complicated — with laptop computers, Microsoft Word, Scrivener, etc. For the past few weeks, I was having major problems with my laptop. The start-up disc kept filling up and...

TULO TUESDAY: Cherry Blossoms

This was back in March 2017, but I just love this blooming cherry blossom trees in Pasadena’s Central Park. Tulo loves them, too.  ...

Intention

(June 2017) WRITING WEDNESDAY: I’ve been thinking lately about intention. About why we want that big book or movie deal. Do we want it to make sure that our stories receive the widest audience possible? Or do we want it out of validation, to prove to people, both known...

Waiting

(August 2018)¬†WRITING WEDNESDAY: Much of a professional writer’s life is spent waiting. It’s from the very beginning. You send out queries and sample chapters to agents. And then you wait, sometimes for two, three months. You finally get the agent (this could take years, BTW) and then she sends...

Unforgettable Day!

On a sunny day in November 2018 I was inducted into the Vroman’s Walkway of Fame! In this digital world, it was wonderful to feel the grit of wet cement. Nothing really last forever, but I won’t forget this day for a very long time.      ...

FRIDAY FINDS: 1916 Photo Book of Southern California

FRIDAY FINDS: NANKASHU NIHONJIN (History of the Japanese in Southern California–in pictures), 1916. This is an amazing resource of farms throughout Southern California. Images from this book have been featured in my book on the Southern California Flower Market and I’ve recently referred to it for early photos of...

Words in a Physical World

WRITING WEDNESDAY: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is happening this month and a group of mystery writers, some of them published, have jumped in. I’m more in the wading pool–writing, too, but not at the same volume of words that NaNoWriMo reguires. The daily goal is 1,660 words so...