Lily and the Octopus: A Story of Love and Loss

When my husband and I married in 1964, one of the first things we did was buy a dog. Not just ANY dog, but a dachshund.  Originally, we had yearned for a basset hound, but the  couple next door to us in our first apartment had one, and his feet were bigger than mine.  So . […]

The Storyteller Doll: Singing Symbols of Love and Union, Part 2

(Yesterday’s  post, Part 1, mused on the connections between stories, in particular the story of how Joe and I met and eventually traveled to Navajoland to get married. If you missed it, visit the Home Page.) The Puritans believed God gave us two sacred texts–the Bible and Nature. All we have to do, they said, was look, really […]

The Storyteller Doll: Singing Symbols of Love and Union, Part 1

People often ask writers, Where do you get your stories? One answer is, They are all around you.  Listen. It was in the Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts & Culture that I first saw them, a collection of clay figurines made by the Pueblo people of New Mexico. Based on the tradition of the […]

The Vagabond’s Saga: Reading two clan narratives separated by a thousand years

Five days from now I’m leaving my fluttery skirts and tank-tops behind and going to Iceland. I’ve skimmed a guidebook or two, but mostly I’m preparing by reading The Sagas of Icelanders. Sure, it might not be super relevant to cafés in Reykjavik or useful as to which camping sites are the best, but for […]

By My Halidome! The Use and Overuse of Period Language in Historical Novels

Gentle reader, prithee tarry thou a moment in mine company, for by my troth, a tale I would fain unfold for thee. List and learn… And there you have it: gadzookery, the intemperate and/or unskillful use of archaic language. If you’re a reader of historical fiction, you’re no doubt familiar with the phenomenon. And if, […]

The Most Translated Writer You’ve Never Read: Stefan Zweig and His Austria

Before I travel, I like to immerse myself in some of the culture of the place. Soon to embark on a trip to Central Europe, I’ve been watching foreign films and discovering the work of authors I’ve never read. One of these authors is Stefan Zweig, prolific writer and especially master of the art of […]

Let’s get pinned! Pinterest for Readers and Writers

Let’s start this piece off with an important clarification. P-I-N-T-E-R-E-S-T is not a misspelling! Pinterest is the correct spelling of an online application for sharing pictures, links, and content. In essence, Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board. Pinterest can be an amazing tool for readers and writers. Gurus that tout the benefits of author platforms […]