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The Kauai Writers Conference

The Kauai Writers Conference (https://kauaiwritersconference.com/) offers amazing resources for writers throughout the year. I'm listening to the Zoom recording with author Sam Horn (https://samhorn.com/about/) as she gives attendees tips on how to make the most of...

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One Month Out

The story of Spirit River was inspired by my grandfather, William Edward Perry, by what I knew about him and by reading his unpublished poetry since I was young. He grew up in and around Yreka, California, and spent a lot of time fishing, hunting, and exploring along...

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Legacy

One month out until the Kauai Writers Conference! I'm pitching Spirit River to three agents and meeting lots more agents, writers, and other wordy folks (see how I did that...wordy instead of nerdy). I've submitted an intro along with the prologue and first chapter....

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Soul of Sole Meunière, Part II

Soul of Sole Meunière, Part II

Cooking as Therapy Immersing myself in Sole Meunière a la Julia Child this last week or so has entailed adding new cookbooks to my collection, studying her recipes, tips and watching the movie, Julie and Julia, again. That movie speaks to my soul (okay, this time, no...

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Discovering Sole Meunière’s Soul

Discovering Sole Meunière’s Soul

    The Soul of Sole Meunière, Part I     The Inspiration  Many little girls love princesses and dressing up. I was not one of those little girls. My heroine was not a princess. She was a chef. Her name was Julia Child and I found her talent in the...

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Kale in a Gale

Kale in a Gale

Kale is ubiquitous. I see bumper stickers and t-shirts saying “eat more kale” and restaurant menus with bruised kale, walnut and whatever salad, kale this and kale that. Next, we’ll hear that renewable energy can be extracted from kale. One can hope. But seriously...

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Top Five Fall Fancies

Top Five Fall Fancies

The morning air has that cool, mossy, dried-leaf scent. The days are growing shorter. Fall is upon us. One of my favorite times of year, autumn, comes with an instinctual urge to make comfort food and travel to the mountains and the high desert in Oregon. I’ve put...

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Retreating

Retreating

When my “to do” lists start chasing me around the house it is time to flee. I have a room in our house that is dedicated to my writing and most of the time it truly is my creative sanctuary; like this morning. I’m typing away. It is quiet. Things on the old “to do”...

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