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Current Events

From NYT: Why Must We Go About Lives With an Eye on the Nearest Exit?

Two caveats here: I find so many amazing articles in various places, that I am always in danger of this blog turning into an index of sorts. I also tend to use them in place of writing my own words. I will try to do less of this. This article is from the New York… Continue reading From NYT: Why Must We Go About Lives With an Eye on the Nearest Exit?


I Won a Contest!

After all this silence, and it's New Year's, it's time to start with good news. I entered my WIP into a contest called "Scintillating Starts" over at Writer Advice. Just the first few pages to see if the beginning rocks or not. Evidently it does, because I am one of three winners. Lots of thanks… Continue reading I Won a Contest!


Pandemic Conundrums

I will be careful... But I'm coming out. We've had our vaccines. We are past the "immunization build-up" period. I want to jump back into life. I want to see my family. I want to HUG my family. Long hugs that will express the sadness of months of isolation and the unbelievable joy of being… Continue reading Pandemic Conundrums


Starting Again

I can't believe my last post was THREE years ago. Guess I was really ready for a break, right? It's hard to drag yourself back... 3... Three years ago, my world was bright. Oh sure, I was concerned about my country and its current path, about the planet and how humans would handle the coming… Continue reading Starting Again

Journal Entries

The Matriarch Perspective

Welcome one and all. I am a writer. I write science fiction and fantasy novels and sometimes dabble in short stories. So of course, this website is about my writing and about selling my books. That is true. But it's not everything. I'm a lot of things besides just a writer. I'm a woman. A… Continue reading The Matriarch Perspective

Current Events, Holistic Life

Guns and America

In the issue of guns and mass killings in our country, everyone immediately lines up on their side of the argument. In this corner, we have gun control. In that corner we have violent media. In another corner we have mental illness. And over there is the bad parenting crowd. In the middle, we have… Continue reading Guns and America

Current Events, Family, Holistic Life, Links

The Foundation of Gender Inequality

This article is so perfect, you must go read it right now. It's NYT, so if you don't subscribe you might not have access, but I encourage you to try. The title is interesting: "The Men Who Want to Live Forever." But those men (billionaires, of course) are just an excuse for author Dara Horn to zero… Continue reading The Foundation of Gender Inequality

Current Events, Writing

Ursula K. Le Guin. Go in Peace.

Ursula K. Le Guin  “The speaking of her name and of her words goes on, and will go on, today and tomorrow and for a very long time now. As it should. She was the mother of so many of us, and you should take time to mourn your mother.” -John Scalzi  Like so many… Continue reading Ursula K. Le Guin. Go in Peace.

Holistic Life

Relaxis Report: Meh

I'm sad to say the Relaxis pad is probably not going to work for me. The few early successes I had never translated into dependable use. Most often, the RLS symptoms were not alleviated, and occasionally, they got worse. It worked SOMETIMES, but the not-working times were hard on me. I lost even more sleep… Continue reading Relaxis Report: Meh

Current Events, Links

Net Neutrality or Just Slow. What are the Solutions?

We've had major internet problems for months. We're in the middle of the San Francisco Bay Area, suburban, but surrounded on all sides by around 500,000 people. We've been Comcast customers for years. Nearly everyday, we either lose internet completely - several times a day - or it's so slow, our routine is to click… Continue reading Net Neutrality or Just Slow. What are the Solutions?