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July 24, 2018

Eavesdropping is a great way to learn to write better dialogue.

One day while I was waiting for my car to be serviced in Glendale, these two gentlemen created a whole world for me. They spoke in shorthand, a clue that they'd clearly known each other for a while. What wa...

July 20, 2018

What can I say after months away? I'm restless. I've returned. The smoke from the fires in Yosemite fills our nostrils down here by the sea, the wind shifts and then it's the noxious odors from the oil rigs just offshore. That's what the guy at air quality called the s...

April 18, 2018

Last year, I was given an amazing gift! Yes, I got married! For the first time, at the age of 53.

But I also was given more time to finish writing my latest novel. I'm almost done and then it's off to the editor. Until then, I'm sharing work from my other blog:

Late Bloo...

February 2, 2016

 

Rainer Maria Rilke once said that “your solitude will be a support and a home for you”, and this has certainly been true for me, particularly when I write - Canadian poet, Brittan Oakman

 

 

The first year I decided to be a writer was very painful.  I had to sit alone in...

January 25, 2016

I rely on TEDTalks. When I'm stuck in a story, I'll head out for a hike and listen to the NPR Podcast.

 

This past week, the subject was my favorite! The Hero's Journey

 

I'm a big Joseph Campbell fan. I own the interview series The Power of Myth that he did with Bill Mo...

January 13, 2016

Last year a writer hired me to help her to the finish line. She'd written a travel essay and wanted to find a literary home.  This may seem simple, but my client is a business owner with a busy schedule. She needed a little support in accomplishing a literary dream....

January 6, 2016

....accomplishing resolutions.

 

Every New Year, we make resolutions. If not formal resolutions, we have expectations or secret hopes that things will happen. This year will be different, better somehow - more good less discomfort, we’ll eat healthier, exercise more, mak...

December 14, 2015

It’s that time of year where we reflect and make goals. (Or eat and drink too much to avoid both.)

 

Everyone brought their 2015 goal cards to our year-end Buddhist meeting yesterday. We shared what we’d learned and accomplished (and not) and made determinations for 2016...

November 23, 2015

After a good midday hike, I decided to go to Trader Joe’s and pick up a few items for dinner. It was only three in the afternoon, but the parking lot was already packed. While I waited for a woman to back out of her space, my blinker blinking, several horns honked and...

November 16, 2015

The Los Angeles Times printed the photograph on the front page. A toddler, face down on the shore. I was at work at my desk. I did not look away from the image. I wanted to memorize it:  the wide curve of the still dark water on the small stretch of rocky beach, the tw...

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