Tag: Yosemite

  • Yosemite Discovered Is Finished (Not) – Why I Love Writing Historical Fiction

      I love writing historical fiction. I just completed the first draft of my next novel, tentatively titled, Yosemite Discovered. It’s been a labor of love spanning two years of research. Now comes the hard part—executing a deep edit my manuscript and securing an agent to find a publisher. Since Yosemite Discovered will be my fifth …[ read more ]

  • Fires Near Yosemite, July 2018

          It’s Sunday afternoon, and I’m sitting down to write the next chapter for Yosemite Discovered. I need to research the name of an 1850’s  hotel in Mariposa CA. I search for Mariposa on the Web and discover the first pic above of the Ferguson fire. Shocked, I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach. …[ read more ]

  • Chase Your Dreams

      A few weeks ago I had the privilege of talking with middle school students about how to chase their dreams. This week I received some wonderful notes from them. One student shared, “I really enjoyed your presentation and was inspired by your stories. I loved how you talked about our dreams and how we …[ read more ]

  • Yosemite Trip

    In May I had the wonderful opportunity to take a five-day class with six other writers at Yosemite, led by writing “guru,” Margie Lawson. I learned much that I hope to apply to my my continued writing of Yosemite Discovered, my current historical fiction work-in-progress. While in California, I found many of the sites where my …[ read more ]

  • Writing Is Hard Work!

    I ‘ve always had a dream to write. Now I get to do it full time. But I had no idea it was such HARD work! Here are two examples – learning how to use conduplicatio and alliteration to create compelling cadences. Let me back up. I met Margie Lawson, an amazing writing coach, at a conference last September. She …[ read more ]