The Day After Yesterday

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


(Wedding Candles by Marc Chagall, one of several works stolen in PARADOX.) Looking forward a couple months, I have an opportunity to focus all my writing energy on Paradox. Each of my recent anthology publications diverted a little energy from my current work in progress. When you work a day job, that means cutting writing time. I tell stories because I need to. ¬†Like many … Continue reading #amwriting

A Silver Lining

It’s a high-pitched sound, somewhere between a ringing and a rushing of water. Constantly reverberating in my left ear, it seems to be the movement of fluid through the inner canal. I didn’t think much of the sound until one day last fall when, congested from a virus, I couldn’t tell which way was up. Turns out occasional vertigo along with the ringing is a … Continue reading A Silver Lining

Talkin’ Dialect

Sorry folks, I’m from the South and proud of my y’alls and my several-syllable pronunciations of single-syllable words. When the word police complain about dialect in writing, I have to ignore them. Like the food police, I think they lose me when they deny our regional individuality. Still, dialect can be tricky. a writer peer once said that she believed written dialect always made the … Continue reading Talkin’ Dialect