Writing for me boils down to one thing: passion, the drive to tell my stories. To stay authentic, to keep being myself, that passion has to drive all my writing decisions. With my boys gone, I’m devoting most of my free time to writing–and savoring every moment of living in this story world. Perhaps not being able to write for a while made me appreciate … Continue reading A Passion for Story
I wore orange yesterday to raise awareness about violence against women. The UN’s idea was that we would go out in force and people would ask why everyone wore orange. One problem: in my Oklahoma city, nobody else knew about the campaign. Yet violence against women around the world is pandemic. It’s something I address in my books and I want to share a few … Continue reading The Day After Yesterday
Heading into the holiday, most of us will be surrounded by family, some like me will not, but the holiday vibe got me thinking about heritage, place and self-determination. How much of who we are is tied up in FAMILY – or community? How much in the FREEDOM to live the life we choose? Here are some online exhibitions to browse while pondering: Between Worlds at … Continue reading Art Crawl: Get me through this week!
Summer’s end. It’s a fitting time to talk about one of the most daunting challenges facing acoustic neuroma and other brain surgery patients: the pressure on family. In my experience, entire lifetimes are measured by “before the surgery” or “”after.” Everything changes: 1) Money gets scarce when the family budget meets a nonworking spouse and large medical bills. 2) The brain patient grows impatient. After … Continue reading Brain Surgery, meet Love
Crime, contacts . . . CRAFT! Killer Nashville was amazing. Above, see the featured image with Max Allan Collins, the master writer behind Road to Perdition and about a million other projects, plus now Quarry. The workshops were just . . . well—like POISONS, State Department protocols, Noir, Police Procedures, Contracts and Humorous Thrillers. Because you NEED humor when you figure out what this contract … Continue reading Unreal