I am thrilled to announce that I have officially signed up to participate in NaNoWriMo 2016! My main goal in doing so is to complete a first draft of the chapter book version of my picture book manuscript Allyson in the Islands by November 30th. I’m very excited to buckle down and tackle this project—so […]

I am pleased to announce that I have finally finished a solid first draft of Dirty, my thesis novel for the Stanford Online Writing Certificate in Fiction. I am in the early stages of my final requirement for that program: participation in a ten-week one-on-one tutorial with an experienced (and, in my case, published) author. […]

In the twenty-two months that I’ve been away from this blog, I have: Completed my coursework for the Stanford Online Writing Certificate in Fiction Scheduled my final requirement for that program—a ten-week one-on-one mentorship intended to kick off the revision of my rough draft of my novel, Dirty Worked for a top-grossing mobile gaming company […]

Wow, I’ve been away from this blog for months! I had a very busy fall, courtesy of the first class in the fiction-writing program I’m enrolled in through Stanford (more on that in a later post), plus the time required to get my freelance writing business going and growing. The good news is that I […]

When purchased:  August 2013 Where:  Secondhand online from Powells.com (a fabulous indie alternative to Amazon.com, especially for used books) Why:  I’m collaborating on a book about depression, and I felt this was an important take on the subject to read How Read:  A chapter here and there, over the course of a couple of weeks I’ll give […]

When purchased:  August 23rd, 2013 Where:  Books Inc. Palo Alto Why:  I’m doing research for a picture book I’m considering writing How Read:  In one sitting, then again, and again, and soon to be read again I’ve recently had cause to study a number of children’s picture books. In July, a friend mentioned to me […]

When purchased:  Upon its May 2013 publication Where:  Online in e-book format Why:  I’ve read all of the previous novels in Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series, so it seemed silly to stop before reading what has been advertised as the final one How Read:  In three painless sittings, the way guilty pleasures ought to be A few […]

I’ve spent most of my professional life helping others realize their creative goals.  I’ve been a movie producer’s assistant, a script reader, a story editor for a series of webtoons, and a production coordinator in animation and visual effects.  I derive deep satisfaction from helping people manage their time and talent.  The work suits my […]

In order to document the circumstances leading to my reading choices, each post on this blog that reviews a book will open with the following information: When purchased:  I’m embarrassed by how long I’ve had some good reads propping up proverbial and literal table legs Where:  This tidbit often reveals how desperate I was to […]