A few years ago I spent six months living in Los Angeles, the city I came of age in, the city I had been trying to get back to for more than two decades. I was there to finish a novel, a project that had been in the works for years, and a dear friend… Read More Dark green quiet.
Last August, I got an email about the 2019 Key West Literary Seminar. I’d been there ten years earlier, in 2009, when the theme was Historical Fiction and I was looking for help transforming my academic work on Crossfire and the Hollywood blacklist into a historical novel. That workshop a decade ago with novelist-memoirist-travel writer… Read More The Animal Club
Creative Focus for the Monkey-Minded Are you the kind of person who usually has multiple irons in the fire? Two or three or eight balls in the air at any given time? Yeah, me too. And for me, one of the biggest barriers to getting stuff done is just figuring out where to start. Which… Read More 47:13
At the Fountain of Youth Tomorrow, after forty days and forty nights out here in the desert, I’m leaving the Fountain of Youth. I just did my last poolside yoga session. This evening, as the sun goes down, I’ll take my last swim in the saltwater pool. I hope Al, the sweet octogenarian who shares… Read More 40 Days and 40 Nights
Dreaming and Committing A few days ago the ED of the nonprofit I work for was telling me about all the strategic planning she’s been doing, the timeline and projects she’s been doing, how exciting it is to look forward to the new year after all that she and the organization have done and learned… Read More What’s Next?