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Yearly Archives: 2013

Reading is Good for You

I’m alone in an enclosed cubicle not much bigger than an old-fashioned phone booth, trying to simulate the sound of a giant hamster farting. This, after impersonating an eight-year old boy, a Midwestern phone operator, a military general, and an eccentric scientist responsible for said flatulating giant hamster.  Volunteering doesn’t get much better than this.  […]

December 15th, 2013Still Life Las Vegas

A Geekly Paradise

Had my first taste (a small one, admittedly) of geek celebrity-hood this past weekend— was part of a panel at Blizzcon, the gamer convention for Blizzard Entertainment. Those of you who play Diablo or Warcraft or StarCraft will be well familiar with this online multi-player company; everyone else will be completely in the dark. I spent […]

November 14th, 2013Still Life Las Vegas

Adventures in Publishing: The Ecstasy and the Agony

“And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin, When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall Then how should I begin To spit out all the butt-end of my days and ways And how should I presume?” —T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock It is real, folks. I’m hitched. I’ve just […]

November 4th, 2013Still Life Las Vegas


I will keep this short, and it is oh, so sweet: I’m living in some kind of Disney fairy tale right now, where dreams do come true. My book, Still Life Las Vegas, has been picked up for publication. It happened so quickly I’m still slightly delirious. Deliciously delirious. My most excellent agent Christopher Schelling […]

September 26th, 2013Still Life Las Vegas

Morning Most Excellent and Fair

There was, oddly, no sleeping last night. I’d doze for a couple of hours, then gradually find myself awake again. In and out, in and out. It wasn’t the heat, it wasn’t caffeine, it wasn’t a snoring husband (for a change). It felt like the sleeplessness that comes the night before the first day of […]

September 10th, 2013Still Life Las Vegas

So I’m Getting a New Kitchen. Boo Hoo for Me.

My head, Drusilla, my heeeeeaaadd! There is a constant pounding, pounding in my head, inescapable as guilt in an Edgar Allen Poe story. All day, this endless cacophany–I  feel like John Hurt as Caligula in “I, Claudius.” But it’s not impending madness which comes my way, oh no, it’s something much more momentous, and, in the […]

July 28th, 2013Still Life Las Vegas

Baby Talk

It is 8:30 in the evening at our household, the Cuddle Hour. It’s the time when Ben, loathe to go to sleep, will actually acquiesce to having a conversation with us, as long as we stay in the room by his bed. This is the time when he sets his charm on stun, the better […]

April 8th, 2013Still Life Las Vegas

A Giant Wave Goodbye to 2012

Looking back, perhaps it wasn’t so great an idea to visit Tulum, Mexico, a place replete with Maya ruins and relics, during the exact time when said Mayans were allegedly predicting apocalyptic disaster.  Nevertheless, thence we hithered at the end of December. What was my favorite moment of the end of 2012? Oh, could it […]

January 25th, 2013Still Life Las Vegas