On The Porch and a Killer Review

September 28, 2020 by - 2 Comments

      Finally. It’s officially fall. Or autumn. I like the sound of autumn, though I feel like a pretentious twit when I use the word instead of fall. I read once that you should do your major spring cleaning in fall, instead of in spring. The logic is that your house is full …Read More

What I’m Reading This Week, 1/25/17

January 25, 2017 by - 5 Comments

One of my writing role models is Margaret Atwood. Did I say “writing role model?” That seems such a trivial phrase compared to the actual influence she’s had on my life and writing. From poems to essays to short stories to novels and children’s books. She’s done it all. And that’s where she’s had her …Read More

Octoberguest! Pinckney Benedict

October 15, 2008 by - 9 Comments

These days, my husband the writer, creative writing prof, gun nut, and all-around genius guy Pinckney Benedict doesn’t spend much time on the web (with the exception of some office hours in Second Life). So I feel privileged that he agreed to do a post for Octoberguest! If you write or read, you should check …Read More

Belated Monday Miscellany

September 2, 2008 by - 2 Comments

Next week is my big appearance with Joyce Carol Oates at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference! Any advice? I have 25 minutes to talk, including a brief reading from CALLING MR. LONELY HEARTS. What to wear? Do I have time to lose five pounds? Have a little eye work done? Get a hefty dose of …Read More

Big Chaos, Little Package

May 9, 2008 by - 7 Comments

I was all set to write about entropy today, but the subject suddenly feels rather depressing to me. Entropy isn’t much fun at all, is it? Entropy is creeping chaos. Ew. I prefer my chaos to be more straightforward than that! So, meet Scout. Scout is a ten week-old black and tan rat terrier mix …Read More