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I started a new job this past summer. After several years of less-than-ideal work environments which left me inwardly dull and depleted, this place has been a balm to soul. I can feel the seeds of creativity starting to sprout again, and I’m hoping for a spring as green as the hillsides of California will…

Poppy Park

i. My daughter and I were looking out over the patchwork landscape of the California high desert, green and gold and orange…all quickly turning brown in the hot early spring. “One thing just rolls into the next,” she said, observing the way the colors and textures shifted from one slope to the next, with no clear lines…

Publishing Notes

My story “The Piscine Gifts” has been reprinted by Nin Harris in the debut issue of Truancy, a venue for “less conventional” folk and fairy tale fiction. Some good stuff to be found in this zine, so check it out. You know, that story is over ten years old now and I think it still…

Wonder and Delight

i. I loved this photo that I shot with my iPhone last week; you can’t even tell that it wasn’t supposed to be blurry, thanks to the grunge textures I put on it. (I use Snapseed for most of my in-camera photo editing.) The composition seemed to call for a quote, so here you go….

California Green

  i. Green is something special in California. Oh,sure, we have “green all year” because people can water their lawns and gardens to keep them vibrant, and there’s no white blanket of snow to cover them up. But in the wild hills that frame our developed landscape, green is a rare and fleeting thing, dependent…

Fantasy Character Crochet

I’ve been busy with my hook lately – crochet hook that is. A few months back, I was inspired to whip up a couple dolls that represent the characters a friend and I play in an online RPG:   These are based on the patterns from the book Creepy Cute Crochet, by Christen Haden, though…

Welcome 2015

I can’t let the new year begin without a quick look over the one just ended. It was not a very active year here on the blog, with only 11 posts the entire year – less than one per month! The most popular post of the year was A Contemplative Photography Lesson Plan, from January,…