It’s been quite a summer. I haven’t been blogging much because, you know, summer. Alaska. Long daylight. Too many hours to play, But I have been writing. Not as much as I could or should have been, but I did manage to write something almost every day, even if it was only a few scribbles… Read More Two publications, and where did summer go?
I just spent two months away from the online world, as much as possible. I was gone so long that I forgot my WordPress and Twitter passwords. I have to admit that this was difficult at first. My mind didn’t want to slow down. It was hard (almost impossible) to sit and watch a movie… Read More Two months with almost no internet
I’ve made it a goal to write 1,500 words a day on my new novel. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Back in my journalism days I often wrote more than that in a day so really, what’s the big deal? Except, I don’t have a notepad full of facts before me or hours of… Read More 1,500 words, two moose, an eagle and lots of autumn color
I have a new poem up on Rattle. It’s a bit personal, about a time when I went crazy, when I lived in Portland for a summer in my 20s. The poem isn’t totally autobiographical but does capture how I felt, and the confusion and also the comfort of leaving your “real” mind behind and… Read More New poem up at Rattle
Last week my son flew up from Stanford to visit. What a gift, having a grown child. It’s so strange the way roles begin to reverse, how you have to give up your hold as parent and begin to see your child as a separate individual, with separate paths and goals and beliefs, and how… Read More Visit with my son
Phew, it’s been a busy couple of weeks. We’re up to almost twenty hours of daylight here in Anchorage and sleep has become impossible. Even with blackout curtains over the bedroom windows, my mind still knows that it’s light outside and won’t turn off. I lie in bed each night, my body exhausted while my… Read More A rejection and a publication
How could I have not known about this? Not only did I somehow miss hearing about Donnie Eichar’s book Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident but I also missed hearing about the events that precipitated the book, that led up to Eichar’s obsession to write the book. It’s a fascinating story:… Read More Compelling read: Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar