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Weekly writing update – Oct. 29, 2017: just hanging in there

There’s something that happens inside me when I get sick with an illness that makes me horribly tired. Some part of my emotional self thinks I’m 17 again and newly stricken with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrom and Fibromyalgia. I still remember that April. I thought I was ill with a cold or flu-like thing….

Trauma, vulnerability and moving into truth

A few weeks ago, I decided that when people ask me how I’m doing, rather than issuing my standard response of, “I’m fine,” I’ll tell them, “I’m having a full human experience.” I thought I was being clever, but it turns out that may not have been the best idea. It’s been a bit of…

Local Eugene author interview with James Aaron

Before I became a writer, I was a reader. I learned to read when I was 4 or 5 years old, in my first year of school. I remember sitting on the floor of my English classroom, deep into a book about a magician and a dragon, completely oblivious to what was going on around…

Doing kindness in my own way

Growing up, I was one of those kids who did things her own way. My mum called it either creativeness or stubbornness, depending on her mood and how far I’d pushed my boundaries that day. (I come by it naturally, she’s the woman who taught me that there’s an exception to every rule, and that…

My first novel, The Awesomely Amazing Adventures of Cherry: Butterfly Buddies, is here

I’m not one for making yearly resolutions. Not the formal sort, anyway. And not at New Year’s. I made a great list when I was 12 and realized those pretty much set me up for life. I review them every so often. Basically they are: Don’t be a jerk, to yourself or others, reiterated in…

Birthing book triplets this summer

As I was loading the dishwasher yesterday (it’s a form of active meditation, by the way), I realized I’m basically having triplets this summer. I’m not sure why I decided to independently publish three books in a matter of months. Perhaps it just worked out this way. I kept shuffling forward on each book and…

2016 reads (mostly fiction)

I continue to be terrible at keeping up with posting about the books I read, but here goes, anyway. (And I know I owe the world an update about the books I’m writing, but this is part of my productive procrastination method in which I write about one thing to avoid writing about something else….

All those books I read and didn’t tell you about

It seems I’m unable to actually blog about the books I read in a timely manner, as evidenced by the several draft blog posts I found going back to 2014. So let’s forget about personalized write-ups for each of them, accompanied by nice little book cover images and links to Amazon so you can buy…

2015 books reads: Mostly fiction

I had a plan that I’d keep regularly sharing the books I’ve been reading. I also have a plan to earn a decent income by working regularly. And also to exercise at least 3 times a week. And to write 500+ words a day. I have lots of plans. I’m more successful at executing some…

2015 book reads: Young adult memoir

2015 is the year of the young adult memoir. At least for me. Mine is finally finished and being shopped to agents and publishers as we speak. Which means I have to keep writing, and it turns out I have more to say in the YA memoir genre. Because of the experiences I’ve had (sexual…