A year ago today, my brother Steve lost his battle with cancer. I think of him often. Not of how he was that day when he let go of the pain and left this world, but rather of his dry sense of humor, his laughter, his funny out-of-the-blue telephone calls. Though he spent the last twenty… read more.
I wasn’t born in Washington State but came here as a preschooler. It’s home and always will be. When you’ve lived somewhere a very long time, it’s easy to miss what’s special about it and I’m no exception. I work across the street from the Spokane Falls and yet rarely look at them. In those few… read more.
Coming up on Sunday is the Leashes and Laces 5K run in Post Falls, Idaho. I’m participating along with my German Shepherd, Falco. He’s a true delight to go places with and a lovely dog. When he joined our household at eleven weeks old I wasn’t so sure about him. Falco was definitely the doggy version… read more.
My last post was one written with sorrow in my heart but today, I want to write about joy and finding happiness in all corners of the world. This weekend I’m at the Bold Strokes Books Lesbian Book Festival debuting my novel Crimson Vengeance. The main character, a 500-year-old vampire is a lesbian and one… read more.
It’s so easy when we’re young. We have the whole world in front of us and nothing can hurt us. But, as the years move forward, the lessons come. Some we heed. Some we ignore. It takes some time before we realize that really…life is all about choices. Is there a master plan? Maybe. Maybe… read more.
And this year it’s more than the writing or the triathlons. I was able to join a group of wonderful textile artists and have a small art quilt included in the Autism Speaks exhibit. It was an opportunity to support a wonderful cause and at the same create a piece of textile art. I miss… read more.
Goals are good and I like starting out the new year with goals firmly in mind. Last year, it was to get back into shape and get my health back in line. Goal was pretty much accomplished although I learned a lot of things along the way. That it’s much harder to get back into… read more.
It’s the holiday season and this year it is mixed with both joy and sadness. Though my brother lived some 1800 miles away, Steve typically called every Christmas Eve as we all gathered together in celebration of the season. This year, there will be no call for cancer ended his time on this earth. Yesterday, I… read more.
It’s that time again… In December 2008 I learned that I have two half-sisters. I don’t know their names. I don’t know how old they are. I don’t know where they live. All I know for certain is that their biological father was John “Jack” Houdersheldt. I’ve tried to find them with no success but… read more.
Oh yeah, the vampires are coming! I got the cover for my newest book today and I personally LOVE it. I mean–how evil does she look? Just like I pictured her in my mind as a I wrote the book. Coming in April 2011 from Bold Stroke Books Crimson Vengeance is a vampire story that opens… read more.
Friendship is a wonderful thing and sometimes it’s easy to get so caught up in life that we don’t pay as much attention to our friends as we should. Families are great and having family around is always wonderful. But, friends are just as special. Unlike our family, who have to like us simply because… read more.
It’s funny what can lift your spirits. I had a great trip to Dallas but it was a long week. Talking in front of rooms full of people for hours makes for some long days. The people were great, the workshops went well, and I enjoyed Dallas even if I did bring home a touch… read more.