Being an Introverted Traveler


I was not made for noise. I know I haven't been designed to cope with the sounds of a big city. I'm an introvert; by now I've accepted the "proper care of introverts," and I will tell people when something is too much--if I need quiet time--if I'm overwhelmed. Aside: The more people tell me …

Authors Ridge: A Resting Place for Storytellers


Surfing the Internet years ago, I learned of a place in Concord, Massachusetts called Authors Ridge. It's a corner of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery; if the mention of Sleepy Hollow doesn't bring to your mind the Headless Horseman, don't worry. The symbolism behind Authors Ridge deepens. This is a place where several greats of literature are …

How Travel Improves Your Writing


So you want to write a book? That's great! Get out your pen and paper, but I feel the need to ask you have you had an adventure? Have you left your comfort zone? Many underestimate the importance of travel when it comes to writing. The solitary author bent over her desk is nothing but a stereotype. To …

In California


While on a trip, you find yourself encountering new plot bunnies. Even when you're back at home, they aren't finished; they make themselves known at bedtime, steal your attention from everyday duties, distract you. They're cute, cuddly, and insistent--you can't send them off. You don't want to, either. The more time you spend in a different place (in my case, …

An Author on an Expedition


I'm going on another adventure! (THANKS, MOM!) If you've read Dissonance, you know there exists a fallen faery tale off the California cost and it's called Serenade. What? You haven't read it? Okay, well I just told you--I know these things. What? Yes, I wrote it. That doesn't mean it's not true--in some dimension. And today I am …