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  • Letters to Charlie: July 1908


    Hello again! Sorry for the delay. Life got in the way and pushed my Letters to Charlie series to the side. Six months into our vagabond life, we’re getting a touch of vagabond-fatigue–not with moving around, but with scheduling places. (more…)

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  • Letters to Charlie: June 1908


    My critique partner Elizabeth Montrose perfectly summed up the first Letter to Charlie from Dora in a Tweet:

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  • Letters to Charlie: August 25, 1907


    Hello again! The latest draft of my novel has gone through beta readers, and is back in the hands of my agent. Finally! Editing always takes longer than planned. With that done, I can at long last, dive into the Letters to Charlie project. (more…)

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  • Bring on the OLD, 2018!


    Happy New Year!


    There’s an idiom I’m sure you’re familiar with:

    Out with the old, in with the new.”

    I disagree with the philosophy of trading the old for the new, because old things tend to be significantly better. The Royal typewriter above was built in 1939 and still works like a charm, as does the 1951 Singer 66 sewing machine. Think the device you’re reading this on is going to work eighty years from now in 2098? How’s that flip phone working out for you? (more…)

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  • Happy Factors and Internet-Free Writing Zones


    Sometimes a girl has to get in her truck, drive to the middle of nowhere, climb onto a boulder, and reflect on the happy factors. I spent last week doing that, amongst other things, and you know what I discovered? (more…)

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  • Keeping the Flow Going


    If you hate posts about food, move right along. I have a nice story about a girl and her truck, here. Or a tour of our new ’66 Airstream, here.

    But if you find food fascinating…

    By all means, read on. (more…)

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  • Vagabond Life


    vagabond

    adjective
    1. wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic: a vagabond tribe.
    
    2. leading an unsettled or carefree life.
    
    3. disreputable; worthless; shiftless.
    
    4. of, relating to, or characteristic of a vagabond: vagabond habits.
    
    5. having an uncertain or irregular course or direction: a vagabond voyage.

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day 7 – Appreciate


    I have a lot of great things in my life, especially this guy right here. One of the secrets to maintaining a happy life and a happy marriage is to appreciate what you have around you and appreciate the one you’re with. Every day. Remember all the reasons you chose this person to spend forever with. (more…)

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day 6 – Go Blank


    I had a stare down with a squirrel. That’s about as philosophical as I’m going to get today. Sometimes it’s good to just go blank, you know?

    It’s been stupid hot in Southern California, which meant my entire news week consisted of stories about weather. Friday, at least, took us to the beach–dog beach in Huntington to be precise. (more…)

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day 5 – Small Moments


    It’s bathtime, one of my favorite times of the day, a chance to soak and relax and reflect–or to fall asleep, which I often do, waking up cold with water-crinkled fingers. Even so, it’s a daily ritual I love.

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