Yosemite Writing Retreats

Appearances, Writing Tips - February 20, 2017

I'm embarking on a new venture to combine the beautiful place in which I live with my writing workshops.  It's the Yosemite Writing Retreat, all-inclusive writing workshop weekends for both new and established writers. If you or someone you know is an aspiring author, this is a great way to…

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7 Tips for Podcasters…From Your Fans

Thoughts - November 17, 2016

I was a little late to the podcast game, but found them when I was doing research for one of my books. And then came Serial. Now I listen to a handful of podcasts on a daily basis and love discovering new ones. I even had a podcast of my…

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The POMP Form

Books - September 26, 2016

For those who asked about the POMP form that Ryan had to fill out in Town Red, here is the scanned form, straight from Sergeant Besko's files:

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New Non-Fiction Book: Lucky to Live Here

Books - September 18, 2016

I've published a new non-fiction book about life in the mountains. Lucky to Live Here: Your Guide to Life in the Yosemite Mountain Area is a guide for anyone thinking about moving to the area or who has already made the move. It was an amazing experience, as this is…

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Hey, Author! Your age is showing.

Writing Tips - May 20, 2016

If an author is trained in the craft of fiction writing, their story will be written the voice of the protagonist--or the current POV character. Mastering POV and voice means that the author, herself, should remain invisible. But what often happens is that the writer makes minute voice mistakes based…

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My Quilt Collaboration with Tina Curran

Thoughts - April 27, 2016

OK, so the only thing I can sew is curtains and pillow cases because they require a straight line. I never thought I'd have a hand in anything as beautiful as this! But I talked with my friend, fellow NU alum and master quilter Tina Curran, and we came up…

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The G-Word

Thoughts - April 14, 2016

Grief has been a part of my life since my best friend of 30 years took her own life fifteen years ago. I don’t claim to corner the market on it, although sometimes it feels like it since I've lost four loved ones in the last 24 months. Why is…

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Trigger Warnings

Thoughts - March 25, 2016

I actually experienced a trauma trigger the other night from a TV show. A scene triggered a memory from my childhood and I cried. I sat and comforted myself until it was over and continued to watch the show. Before this, I was against the whole "Trigger Warning" thing. After…

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Why Your Hero has to “Pet the Puppy”

Writing Tips - March 24, 2016

In my writing workshop, I teach a class on creating dynamic characters. The first thing I teach about the the protagonist is that he/she has to "pet the puppy" in the first scene. Don't giggle, it's not obscene. It means that your hero has to do something to prove to…

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Book Club Questions – Town Red

Books - March 14, 2016

Discussion questions for the novel Town Red by Jennifer Moss. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD 1. How do you interpret the cover and how it relates to the story and its characters? 2. The book opens with Ryan being notified of the death of his partner. How does this affect his character…

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