Evolution of language

I’ve started working on another book, a middle grade story which is told from the point of view of a dog. So my “research” includes reading How to Speak Dog by Stanley Coren, a professor of psychology who has written a lot about dogs. An interesting theory he discusses is that our association with dogs … More Evolution of language

Peace Chorale

I’ve blogged about the Santa Cruz Peace Chorale before of course. During this month of September enrollment is open for the Peace Chorale for our upcoming season, and we are short on members. If you enjoy singing, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve ever sung in a choir before, and if you want to do something … More Peace Chorale

Writing tips

My most important tip, and what I keep reminding myself, is to write and write and write. It’s so easy to be distracted. I can think of twenty other things I have to do first, including sending out query letters, researching obscure points for the manuscript, and revising for the hundredth time. All important, maybe, … More Writing tips


I’m feeling rejected. In fact, I’ve been rejected, again and again. So I thought I’d write about it. I’ve been submitting queries for Wandering Time to literary agents (a few times a week) and either getting no response, a form rejection letter, or, most rewarding, a personal, even encouraging rejection letter such as the one … More Rejection

ALS walk

I plan to participate in a fund raising walk for the ALS Association on September 19th. My cousin Michael Fitzgerald, in his early fifties, has been coping with this progressive disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, for over five years. I’ll be joining his team, Fitzy’s Family and Friends. You can learn more on … More ALS walk