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Summer reading recommendation: “The Summer Set” by Aimee Agresti

I picked up The Summer Set by Aimee Agresti (Graydon House Books, 2020) on a whim, not knowing a thing about the author. The gorgeous cover–all summer night and twinkle lights–and the copy on the back cover, promising a cast … Continue reading

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What I’m reading now: Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl

Hi, readerly folks. I’m an Instagram convert, and occasionally I talk there about the books I’m reading. Usually it’s a lovefest, because I just can’t stand NOT to share the stories which change me. Margaret Renkl’s debut book of essays, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Will Shakespeare … whoever you are

My apologies, dear friends and readers, for being so absent. I was not the most frequent of communicators before Covid-19 sent all our lives into a tailspin, and now, well … we all know what now is. My creative life … Continue reading

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For Valentine’s Day: 5 of the Things I Love

Happy Valentine’s Day 2020, all! I’m an enthusiastic individual, often too much for people. That being admitted, I love LOTS of things, people, and places. Still, here are 5 things I’m loving this year on Valentine’s Day: 1. My Califia … Continue reading

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What Would Quinn Do?

To go directly to my guest post at Bell Bridge Books, “What Would Quinn Do?” click here.  Fall may be my favorite season. It’s more than the trees and mountains around my town awash in red, orange, and gold, and … Continue reading

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Friday lines: Scene from my novel-in-progress; or, “Woman from the future”

Happy Friday! Hope y’all enjoy this scene from the first (and very rough) draft of my historical novel-in-progress. For more about the story, and other scenes, go to my Work in Progress page. * Woman from the future * 72 … Continue reading

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Weekly Lines: “Cars and curricles”

Hi! It’s been a while, folks. Writing in the summertime when your kids are at home is a bit like running the gauntlet. (Yes, gauntlets have been around since people were basic brutes and rarely end well for the runner. … Continue reading

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Join me at the Midsummer Reading Retreat: June 28-30 at Earthshine Lodge in NC

Perhaps you’ve heard of weekend writers’ or artists’ retreats, yoga or meditative retreats, or others? How about a Reading Retreat: an entire weekend devoted to simply reading books, and if you’re in the mood for it, discussing your favorite new … Continue reading

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New column: “It’s okay to embrace the after-Christmas ‘lull’”

We are entering hibernation season, folks. And that’s okay. Let’s embrace the lull. Here’s why, in my newspaper column. To read, click here.

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Writing–and researching–an 18th century Christmas (Keowee Valley still on sale at Amazon: 99 cents!)

Hi, folks. Well, there was a bit of a snafu at the newspaper, and my regular column wasn’t published today. They’re hoping to have it in Sunday’s paper, and when they do, I’ll share it here. In the meantime, here’s … Continue reading

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