Month: November 2019

First Person Female

I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s taken me a while to grab hold of my female voice. Maybe a psychoanalyst can figure out why, but then again the reasons may not be germane. After my third Mas Arai mystery (that series is all written in the third person), I...

Flowing Freely

Every November I find a group of people who are doing NaNoWriMo and swim behind them in the water’s wake. NaNoWriMo is the annual write a novel–well, 50,000 words in one month–campaign. I first attempted to sign up but didn’t like being tied to a certain word count goal,...

TULO TUESDAY: Natural Holiday Cheer

For some reason, I’ve been in the holiday spirit this month, so I was delighted to encounter these red berries, which I learned was pyracantha. Thanks, Derek Yee, for the heads-up!...

WRITING WEDNESDAY: Plotting Using Evernote

My friend, exhibition developer Heather Lindquist, turned me onto the application, Evernote, when we were working together on the book, LIFE AFTER MANZANAR, which was published last year. Evernote, which can be a free download, is a quick way to create notebooks of pages. These pages can have notes...

I’m on the Wickeds Today

The title of my blog post is “An Iguana in a Japanese Garden.” Photo of the iguana, compliments of my mother. Click HERE to read the post. Thank you, Sherry Harris, of Wicked Authors, for inviting me to participate.  ...

TULO TUESDAY: Jumping Up

Tulo is a senior dog but he still continues to jump up on low walls whenever he can. (No worries–his vet says as long he can do it, it’s okay.)...

Welcome!

This blog or hangout is both a continuation and archive of select features that I first originated on Facebook. I hope to continue TULO TUESDAY and WRITING WEDNESDAY here (maybe not every week, however) as well as perhaps add photos of Japanese-style gardens I’ve visited throughout the United States....

New Discover Nikkei Serial: Silk

To mark the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese sojourners to create a silk and tea enterprise, the Wakamatsu Colony (1869-71), I’ve started a new serial for the Discover Nikkei website, “Silk” The first chapter is from the POV of Jou Schnell, the wife of the colony’s founder. Enjoy!...