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January 7, 2020

Today is Zora Neale Hurston's birthday, and she's trending on Twitter.

Hurston was a paid writer of the Harlem Renaissance, making her living on folk tales. When she published Their Eyes Were Watching God near the end of the 1930’s, she was heavily criticized by black male literary figures of the day for painting a too-pretty picture of African-A...

January 18, 2019

The Bookworm Box took a pretty pretty picture of Wildfire, surrounded by warmth and pinecones.

It's up for sale on their website and all proceeds go to charity.

July 16, 2018

The idea of Earnest Hemingway is romantic. A sweeping, brash man holding a sweating mojito, braced against the wavering Havana heat. But the romanticized version of anyone is often treacherous, and commonly incorrect.

I read A Farewell to Arms in high school. My English class had just finished Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, and it ruined me. T...

April 9, 2018

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October 22, 2017

For the past week, I've seen the #metoo hashtag pop up on social media, on the pages of women I love and admire. And the intent - to make everyone aware of how rampant sexual assault is - was achieved. 

There's been backlash, of course. Small people will always try to make others feel small, which has never been more clear since the inventio...

July 2, 2017

The 2004 TV miniseries based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel, North & South, has been on Netflix for a while. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched it.

When I’m stressed, I lean toward 19th Century English period pieces. I think it's because I find them calming. Reading the novels of Jane Austen in my teen years kicked off this obsession,...

June 7, 2017

For my 40th birthday in March, I traveled with a friend to Italy and spent a week roaming churches, perusing art and eating cheese. Oh yeah. And drinking wine.

So much wine.

And of course, I had an ulterior motive: research. My WIP takes place primarily in this beautiful, ancient, storied country and I wanted to experience the feel and look and sm...

March 20, 2017

Nobel laureate Derek Walcott died on St. Patrick's Day. While he's most known for writing the EPIC poem Omeros, he also wrote one of my favorite (short) poems that I wanted to share with you.

Love after Love

Derek Walcott

The time will come 
when, with elation 
you will greet yourself arriving 
at your own door, in your own mirror 
and each will sm...

February 15, 2017

I'm not going to say it was a long winter. I live in Austin, by God, I have no right to complain about the cold. But it was cold. And long. And it's still happening. Today I'm back to bundling up. But for a brief few days, the sun came out and we rode bikes and bought plants and enjoyed the warmth. 

Shopping (we bought strawbe...

October 9, 2016

I picked up a book from my TO READ shelf the other day and was only two pages in when I put it down, not because it wasn’t good, but because it was set at Christmastime. And just now, as the long streaks of fall sun light up my office window and the spice in the air tells me Halloween is coming, I can’t possibly read something Christmas-y.

This i...

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