Today Should Be a Good Day

June 24th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Spotted these on the sidewalk on the way to work yesterday. Today is the big Gay Pride Parade. I’m going to clean up my apartment and head out to take pictures!

Damnation Island Update

June 21st, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

I just updated the Events page with a few new events that have been scheduled for my book. I also learned that there’s going to be a review of my book in the New York Times on July 1!! Getting a review in the Times is a big deal and I am SO excited!! This is everything I’d hoped for. Except me being me, I’m terrified about getting a bad review. I’m going to be a complete and absolute wreck until it comes out. Ohgod, ohgod, ohgod. But YAY!!

I didn’t have my camera with me so I didn’t get a great shot, but I was walking behind these nuns yesterday, and it made me realize I never see nuns anymore. Researching the history of one nun for my book made me reflect on nuns I have known. Not a lot of them, and they could be terrifying, but they were also great teachers. It made me sad to think of them disappearing. Come back nuns! Church: be more supportive of them!!

It’s Not Too Late to Be a Part of Virtual Choir 5

June 19th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I wrote about singing with the Virtual Choir in my book Imperfect Harmony. If you are not familiar with Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir, watch this. It’s a great talk and a moving introduction to a unique singing experience. Now is the time to give the Virtual Choir a try! Eric Whitacre specifically wrote music that any singer could sing. It’s just a few bars and the music couldn’t be simpler. Seriously. To see for yourself and to participate, go here.

Six years ago I made a video of myself singing. I wanted to see how bad I looked singing. Now I look at it and I can’t believe how I’ve aged in only six years! Oh well. At least I’m still here!

I Can’t Believe I Wrote That!

June 17th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

For the past week I’ve been trying to write an op-ed and I’ve been mostly paralyzed by a crisis of confidence. There are three publications I admire most and I have the opportunity to write an op-ed for one of them, which is great. It doesn’t mean that what I write will be accepted, but I have the chance! Except I keep starting and then I stop, after finding something more urgent that must be done. Like making a new litter box for my cats, which is what I did on Thursday, the last day I had a chunk of time to write.

Then this morning, another op-ed I wrote about bringing back asylums came out. I re-read it immediately. When I got to the end my first thought was, “I can’t believe I wrote that!”

Maybe I can do that again. I’ve got a free day to write.

Santa Cruz Noir edited by Susie Bright

June 14th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Santa Cruz Noir is a new book of short stories edited by Susie Bright! “Bright joins the ranks of Akashic editors to rip the lid off the California coastal town that’s never seemed less laid-back.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A few [stories] spotlight surfing, a few more feature psycho killers on the loose, and others offer magical overtones.” —Publishers Weekly

From Susie’s blog: “It’s 20 addictive short stories on the dark side … with no moral compass whatsoever.” It’s her first new book in five year—congratulations Susie!!