Writers’ Conference

SDSU Writers Conference

This past weekend was a life-changing experience. I attended the SDSU Writers' Conference - two full days of opportunities to learn about the craft and business of writing, and to network with authors, agents, and publishers. Based on past (non-writing) conference experience, I almost skipped the opening keynote speaker, Jonathan Maberry. Typically, those addresses are… Continue reading Writers’ Conference

Clips Episode

Golden Girls

Back in the old days, you know, like when I was growing up, television sitcoms would have an episode every season that was made up of clips from previous episodes loosely strung together by some new dialog. The Golden Girls was notorious for this, doing it much more often than any other show I remember.… Continue reading Clips Episode

Book Pairings

Anathem

One of the podcasts that I listen to, "Get Booked" by the folks at BookRiot, gives book recommendations based on the requesters' requirements. A common request is "read alikes," a book that is similar to one that was thoroughly enjoyed. Earlier this year I stumbled into another category quite serendipitously. I had just finished the audiobook… Continue reading Book Pairings

Living Flashback

Speech Team

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of judging a high school speech competition. Holy flashbacks, Batman. (That is me in center - the girl in the white shirt on the left.) It was wonderful seeing the competitors arrive, full of energy and excitement. As we walked to the judges' room, my heart… Continue reading Living Flashback

Table Settings

Woman's Day

This time of year has my women's magazines' pages filled with decorating tips for the holidays. In the latest issue, there was a four-page spread about setting the holiday table. It included different types of place card holders and centerpieces. Really? Do people actually do this? Admittedly we always decorated for Christmas as I was… Continue reading Table Settings