Gardeners and architects

I am loving the library this summer. Another free writers’ event today! This one was called Bringing Your Story to Life, presented by local author Aaron Blaylock. It was sort of a Writing 101 in 120 minutes. Jam packed with well-organized information for two types of writers – gardeners, who …

Tom Leveen on Description

My public library (Mesa, Arizona) has been doing a writer in residence program this year. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to learn from the professionals, like Tom Leveen. I’ve seen Tom Leveen speak several times and he never disappoints. He’s a great storyteller with tremendous energy, and he’s incredibly generous …

Dangerous Dreams

Last night I saw the new Neil Gaiman documentary, Dream Dangerously, at Changing Hands (thank you, Changing Hands!). I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman, and I already have tickets to see him live at the Mesa Arts Center next April. I absolutely love Good Omens, which he co-wrote with …

Practicing better

I’ve been taking banjo lessons for 2 1/2 years and I’m definitely making progress. So far, I’ve learned a bunch of songs – Scruggs style bluegrass mostly, but also some classical and a few others. It’s fun being able to play the songs, and they’ve helped me learn some chords …

The 3,600 mile road trip

My husband and I just got back from the longest road trip ever! We started by heading west to Carpinteria, California, a tiny old timey beach town a few miles south of Santa Barbara. My nephew discovered Carpinteria when he started working for Lynda.com, which is headquartered there. We hung …