More Exciting News!

My feature-length script “Vincent’s Muse” is a quarterfinalist in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards!!

Keep your fingers crossed!

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EXCITING NEWS!

I am so frickin’ excited! I found out today that my feature-length script “Vincent’s Muse” is a quarter-finalist in the Cinequest Film Festival!!

Quarter-finalists are announced in January, so keep your fingers crossed.

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Art begging for attention

Showin-on-the-River-postcard-2016When I’m not writing, my creative side can be a demanding bitch.

During those times, you’ll find me painting, drawing, designing graphics or engrossed in some other project which generally requires a visit to a craft or hardware store and elicits a “There she goes again” sigh from my hubby and kids. Yup, I’d rather pick through lumber than hunt for new girl clothes.

Oh, and speaking of bitches…this Saturday, July 9, in Petaluma, some of my dog paintings will be on display at the Riverfront Art Gallery.  Continue reading

Gettin’ chatty with Anderson Cooper

4-4-16 Twitter conversation w-Andersen Cooper re his book

If timing is everything, I’m glad I saw a recent Twitter post from CNN’s Anderson Cooper when, remarkably, I beat the odds, 7,000,000-to-1. Continue reading

Our nation’s malleable vociferation

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psotu-us2I’ve never been all that big on writing poetry—until five months ago, that is, when a catalyst jolted my life.

Other than being a fan of Shakespeare, I can’t say I “got” poetry. Rather, I didn’t appreciate its value in the art of writing and expression. Regardless, since my dad died last August, poems have been flowing forth from my unsettled mind and heart; routinely, after my family has turned in for the night.

In the spirit of my dad and what he and my mom taught me about the importance of speaking up for change in society, currently, everyone has an opportunity to express their thoughts about our nation.  Continue reading

Tribute Song to CNN’s New Year’s Eve Show

CNN New Year's Eve Live 2014-2015

So, I’ve never done this before, but I wrote a song. Maybe it was a mistake to sing the lyrics when most of my singing is restricted to the privacy of my car where I normally belt out tunes, but it was fun to try.

I wrote most of this song back in January, but it’s taken until now to finally edit everything together for the video. Made it just under the wire before 2016 turns the calendar.

I hope you all enjoy the video and share it with your pals. Watching Anderson and Kathy on CNN’s New Year’s Eve show has become a favorite tradition in our family. The duo is spontaneous and hilarious, and I adore Anderson’s giggle. So cute! Continue reading

Listen: John Williams’ Full Score for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Listen to John Williams' full score for the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" movie, and watch the opening scene of the original Star WarsMay the force be with you and your weekend remain spoiler-free, my fellow Star Wars geeks.

As a writer, I must extend great thanks, first, to my dad who taught me to appreciate music that didn’t include words, and to John Williams for his career full of inspiring, beautiful scores that can be a writer’s best friend. Below, you can listen to his new score to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Continue reading

Defining Superior Fiction

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As writers, we strive to discover and produce that magical combination that will carry the reader into a new world. I think this quote from Terrence Des Pres explains how to create what he calls “a priceless gift.”

It also explains why writers are famous for day dreaming and why they rely on their craft to vividly broadcast those daydreams in the imagination of the reader.

I came across this quote when I was reading a story in The New Yorker about author John Irving who recently released Avenue of Mysteries. You may know him better from his World According to Garp.

His latest book is on my reading list. I like the concept he used to advance his protagonist’s journey. He discusses it in this book trailer: