Three Books that Shaped “the Future” in Heart Wood

I’m often asked, “what influenced your creation of a dystopic future in Heart Wood ?” Although I’ve read speculative novels by amazing authors (think Margaret Atwood), my answer is always the same: The three dystopic novels forever branded into my memory are: “Earth Abides,” “The Great Bay,” and “Feed“ Each novel influenced how I wove…

Strategies for surviving crazy, uncertain times

Expand…Contract…Expand…Contract…that’s my experience of the yo-yo ride of these past few years. One moment I feel expanded and happy, then I check the news and become contracted and anxious. I think the terms expand and contract aptly describe how my body and mind have responded to what’s happening in so many arenas at once: divisive…

Hold on for my announcement!

If you recently received posts from my website/blog dated 6.13.20, please just ignore and delete. They should have been tests to me, not made public. You will soon get an official announcement from me of my new website and blog. I can’t wait to share it with you, so do watch for it!

Welcome

Welcome to my blog, where I gather thoughts on Heart Wood, the environment, eco-fiction, feminism, writing, and more.

Welcome to Heart Wood!

What happened to The Desk – the epic novel I’ve been working on for nearly ten years?  It has a new title – Heart Wood – and it’s very close to being published! Let me fill you in. Heart Wood was actually the original title before my working title of The Desk. After several early readers spontaneously suggested that Heart Wood would be a perfect…

Sierra Muses Press Launch

Join me Sunday, May 19th, in Grass Valley, for the launching of the new Sierra Muses Press. I will be reading a preview from my upcoming book, “The Desk” which I hope to have published by the end of this year! (Note: “The Desk” was the former working title for “Heart Wood” before 2020)

Dams: A 19th Century Solution to a 21st Century Problem That Won’t Go Away

Dams have been in the news and on my radar again. Just as I’m revising the chapter in my book about fighting a dam back in 1990 (yes, the novel’s still in progress, but I’m pedaling faster now that I’m working with a writing coach!), here in Northern California the Oroville Dam spillway break caused…

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