Author Archives: Pati Nagle

About Pati Nagle

Pati Nagle has written over twenty novels, two collections, and a mess of short fiction. Her latest novels are Kokopelli and the Virgin, a contemporary fantasy of miracles and visions in New Mexico, and As Red as Any Blood, the sixth Wisteria Tearoom Mystery under her byline Patrice Greenwood, from Evennight Books/Book View Café.

The Tesla Diaries: 1. Dreaming

When I first became aware of the existence of Tesla Motors and their goal of making electric cars that everyone could afford, I went out and bought some Tesla stock. I did that because I couldn’t afford to buy a … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Go to the Movies Any More (and What Would Bring Me Back)

I love movies, but I don’t go to the movie theater much any more. I can’t enjoy films there like I used to. Why? I have partial hearing loss, in a specific way that makes it hard for me to … Continue reading

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Sugar Skulls!

The sugar skulls party was a blast, as usual. Here are some (only some!) of the wonderful, creative skulls that resulted. (I posted about molding the skulls earlier this week.) photos by Chris Krohn

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Meditations on Molding Sugar Skulls

It’s mid-October, one of my favorite times of year, and I’m preparing for my annual sugar skull decorating party. It’s a fun activity, and also a tribute to those who have passed on. Every year guests honor loved ones, relatives, … Continue reading

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Covers: Trends in Cover Design

Trends in book cover design can be looked at on at least two major levels: traditional trends (which I’ll call genre signals) and current trends, which are much more ephemeral. Genre signals have been used for decades to tell the … Continue reading

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What Makes a Book Cover Great?

The short answer: it’s entirely a matter of opinion. I was inspired to write on this subject by an article I spotted today whilst on my daily social media cruise: “The Best Book Covers of 2014” by Nicholas Blechman, in … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – October 8, 2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?   • … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?   • … Continue reading

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TRAINS: Writing on the Coast Starlight

My spouse loves trains, and he heard that one of the most scenic lines in the country is the Coast Starlight. This train runs between Los Angeles and Seattle, and much of its route is right along the coast, so: spectacular views. He wanted to try it, and I said sure… The happiest part of our particular trip was from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo, which is mostly right along the coast. Magnificent ocean views. Dolphins playing in the water. Wine and cheese tasting in the Parlour Car. Complimentary wifi to entertain the spouse while I wrote. Continue reading

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Great Covers: Lady of Ashes

This series will appear at random as I find covers that make me say, “Wow!” This cover for Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent immediately caught my eye. It’s not only stylish, it sets both the era and the mood … Continue reading

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