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I am at the San Mateo County Fair on June 17 from 2:45 – 4:30

Fair schedule




NaPoWriMo 2017

See prompts at www.NaPoWriMo.net

April 1
write a Kay-Ryan-esque poem: short, tight lines, rhymes interwoven throughout, maybe an animal or two, and, if you can manage to stuff it in, a sharp little philosophical conclusion.

Remember when
typing one
letter at a time
was better.
Mistakes erased
with whiteout.
What a pain.
Today computers
edit our mistakes,
smart, they say.
Too smart.
Red lines nd
green ones too
squelch creativity,
put in words
never meant
Elephants remember
I want to forget.

April 2
write a poem inspired by, or in the form of, a recipe! It can be a recipe for something real, like your grandmother’s lemon chiffon cake, or for something imaginary, like a love potion or a spell.

Hope Is Not On The Way

I wrote this back in 2004 Kerry? Bush?
Looks like it’s still true.  😦

(Written on election night 2004)

One rainy night
the people flocked,
lined up all around the block,
to vote, we thought,
for a new way,
a change,
a ray of light.

One rainy night,
the people were polled,
even though the night was cold.
It seemed the dream
was near at last.
Our hearts
dared to hope.

One rainy night
the map turned red,
an open wound being bled.
The stain spread
through the night.
Only edges
held to blue.

One rainy night
the dam gave way
to morning, gray on gray,
Out of sight,
the victory lost.
Hope was not
on the way.

One rainy night
should lead to day.
Sunshine will return they say.
Someday . . .

The Literary Nest

Fall Santa Clara DSC_0230A painting of mine in the current issue of The Literary Nest.


Deeper Colors – available on Smashwords and Amazon KDP

Should be available NOW!   🙂   Ebook and paperback

Preorder June 6 release date
Smashwords has Kindle readable, IBook, Nook, and other formats

Coupon for discount HV98J 2.99. price will go back up after release

If you want Amazon, order at


Deeper Colors Cover Blue Blur May 4 font 2

Social Media For Authors, part 2

Last week, I talked a little about social media (HERE), and in the comments/replies, I mentioned how I drive crazy amounts of traffic to my blog using my secret method on Twitter. It’s not re…

Source: Social Media For Authors, part 2

Carmelite Monastery

A friend bought the (original) painting a few years ago for an anniversary/valentine gift because this was where he and his wife married.  Was a nice thought and I was glad that I had created something that was meaningful to someone else.

Take a look at the website for my art and see if there is anything that strikes a chord for your life.  From now until the 14th if you use discount code ZVEJVY you can save 15%.


Carmelite Monastary

Free autographed copy of Blood Will Tell giveaway on Goodreads

334 entries today.  Thanks!


182 entries already!!

Enter the Book Giveaway on Goodreads.  Starting Feb 7th through the 14th.  One autographed copy to winner chosen at random by Goodreads.

Blood Will Tell Sept 15 5-5 8-5_edited-2


Blood Will Tell goes live!

Life as a Writer and Artist

Blood Will Tell Sept 15 5-5 8-5_edited-2OK. I’ve done it. For better or worse. Eek!

Blood Will Tell at Amazon   Paperback and Kindle

Other ebook formats at Smashwords

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Can I hitch a ride to Périgueux – France?

Life as a Writer and Artist

People say how can I possibly write about a place I have never visited.(Even though it is a novel – fiction.)  What with the Internet research, Google maps, travel blogs, etc.,  I think I have done a pretty good job, but people keep complaining. So I guess I need to go to Périgueux (That’s in the Dordogne region of France).  Unfortunately I can’t afford it, not even the air tickets, much less the room and food and transportation, etc. for the weeks I am told I should stay there to get the real flavor of the place.

They say there are just six degrees of separation between us and everyone else in the world. So my questions is- does anyone know anyone, who knows anyone, who knows anyone, who knows anyone, who knows anyone — is that six? — who lives there and can be my vicarious sensory describer or…

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