I have loved books for as long as I can remember. Not only do I love reading them, I also smile at the sight of their spines dressed in brightly-colored jackets on the bookshelves. I take pleasure in the feel of the pages as they slide through my fingers, some slippery like silk, and others … Continue reading For the Love of Books
What is a beta reader, you ask? A beta reader is someone who reads a book before it is finalized and sent off for publishing to give honest, substantive feedback about what works and what doesn't. A beta reader's job is not to catch typos and grammar errors, but rather to provide comments about what … Continue reading A Call for Beta Readers
Sending off your writing work to be accepted, rejected, or worse--ignored--can be a scary thing. Especially when that work is as deeply personal as memoir. I finally took that step and have submitted the proposal for my memoir to the first handful of agents. These are some of the agents that I met at the … Continue reading Let the Rejections Begin!
One day while I was camped on El Coyote Beach on Mexico's Baja Peninsula, a group of us took a couple of the Zodiacs owned by my fellow campers out for a spin on the Sea of Cortez. Motoring past some of the craggy and colorful rock formations nearby, we took pictures of sea birds … Continue reading Play Time With Dolphins
While working on my book, Confessions of a Middle-Aged Runaway, I have been reliving the five years I spent traveling in my motorhome. Some of my favorite memories from that time are of camping on El Coyote Beach on Mexico's Baja Peninsula on the Sea of Cortez. The photo above was the view from … Continue reading Memories of El Coyote Beach, Baja Mexico
In my book-in-progress, Confessions of a Middle-Aged Runaway, I have a chapter describing the thrill of seeing hundreds of hot air balloons taking flight outside my motorhome at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, as shown in the photos above and below. My new life was also taking flight at the same time. I had just sold … Continue reading Taking Flight
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