Category Archives: Writing

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale

As Pride Month ends without the parades, and as the country (and world) reel from Covid, at least one noble annual tradition continues: the Smashwords Summer/Winter sale, which runs July 1-31, 2020. Most of my ebooks are 50% off, and … Continue reading

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Knock On All the Doors

I don’t post enough literary advice/inspiration, but now that I am submitting pieces a bit more again, here is some brilliant advice about putting yourself out there, from a new writer connection on Twitter. It jumped out at me today. … Continue reading

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Read an Ebook Week Sale at Smashwords

It always creeps up on us! Here are some details about the annual Read an Ebook Week sale at Smashwords.com: “How the Program Works: At one minute past midnight Pacific time on March 1, the special Smashwords Read an Ebook … Continue reading

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Review: Between Heaven and Hell by David Talbot

Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke (Chronicle Prism, 176 pp, $22.95, January 2020) David Talbot—journalist, popular historian, longtime San Francisco resident, and author of Season of the Witch—has written a surprisingly vulnerable, intimate, often funny and engaging … Continue reading

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A Knight’s Tale: Montargis Gets a BookBub Promo, Starting Today!

The follow-up to A Knight’s Tale: Kenilworth is now featured on BookBub and available for 99 cents at all the major ebook retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, Google Play)! Writing the book in the winter of 2017 through … Continue reading

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A Challenging New Year: Downbeat Trends for Indie Publishing

And so, 2020 starts out intense right out of the gate! But although our attention is drawn to a possible war brewing with Iran due to an impulsive act of political assassination by the hapless idiot acting as our president, … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays…

Somehow, it’s mid-December. This year does feel especially Christmas-y, if only because the weather is decidedly wintry… and the sister of a school friend, whom I have not seen since I was twelve, volunteered to send me a Christmas pudding … Continue reading

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Beto and Pete: A Tale of Two Articles

Originally posted on Gabriella West:
In this election season, good journalism is important. But what happens when “good journalism” comes up against people’s uncritical adoration of a candidate? Janet Malcolm around the time the book came out. We all know…

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Loma Prieta Memory: Reading Pinter by Candlelight

(Note: I lived through Loma Prieta in 1989, which is now, incredibly, 30 years ago. The first section of this essay was written in 1999, on the 10th anniversary of the earthquake.) I’d been in San Francisco for a little over a … Continue reading

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A Short Month, but an Exhausting One!

September was pretty exhausting! Due to a reshuffle at a magazine I work for, I was unexpectedly placed in a different role: copyediting rather than proofing. When I used to work for the Pacific Sun in San Rafael, I envied … Continue reading

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