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…

Hard Climb

I. Part of California’s Transverse Ranges, the Tehachapi Mountains of Kern and Los Angeles counties cut an east-to-west divide between the fertile San Joaquin Valley to the north and the inhospitable Mojave Desert to the south. Cresting between 4,000 and 8,000 feet, they connect to the mighty Sierra Nevada to the east, and to the…

Manipulations

1. In a couple of weeks, I’m heading off to the Santa Cruz mountains to participate in a weekend yoga and writing retreat. In fact, I’m leading a session on photography as meditation, which means what I ought to be doing right now is brushing the dust off my camera and planning what I’m going…

Place and Character

Completely unrelated to this pic, there is a new City of Bridges post available: read The Color of Light. I am still feeling my way into this world, these characters. Trying to find a balance between an engaging narrative style and the sort of poetic descriptive voice that catches my breath as a writer. A…

Tim Burton’s Beauty and the Beast

I wrote this partial post months ago, and never got around to finishing it. So we’re trying something new: an interactive blog where you get to write your own conclusion! Seriously, I was inspired by this topic when I first started writing, but it’s been too long now for me to remember what I was…