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Author : Jill Zeller

Author of numerous novels and short stories, Jill Zeller is a Left Coast writer, 2nd generation Californian, retired registered nurse, and obsessed gardener. She lives in Oregon with her patient husband, 2 silly English mastiffs and 2 rescue cats—the silliest of all.

Robot for President

I wrote this blog in November 2017. It’s interesting how my predictions were all wrong. Welcome, A.I., to the world. Could a computer run the

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The Contemplative Life

Originally published April 2020 I have a thing for fiction about nuns. And a quiet admiration mixed with puzzlement. I can only imagine the shape

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From Hospital to Clarion

Originally published April 2019 I’m packing. Retirement is coming up fast. Someone asked me, “How do you feel about retiring?” and I answered, “I don’t

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Dodged That Bullet

Originally published September 2020 Today it’s a two-dog, one-cat writing space. Outside blessedly cool coastal clouds ward off, with magical signage, the 90-plus days before

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Food Wars

Originally published January 2019 I recently listened to a lively call-in show on which experts (dieticians) and callers (complainers) discussed food politics. Among the many

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The Difficulties of Genre

Originally published August 2018 I have a habit of starting out essays and blogs—maybe these are the same things—with a definition. So here it is:

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More Noise Please

Originally published June, 2019, Tukwila, Washington It’s the color of chocolate milk, with a glint of pale green, like mint streaks in the chocolate. On

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Writing about the Future

Originally published November 2018 The subject of my current project is social fantasy. It’s not a nice fantasy, but it will have, if not a

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A Couch for a Cat

Originally published February 2020 Today we brought home a new couch from Ikea. It’s one of those pert little foldout day bed types, ridiculously easy

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Catching Change

Originally published September, 2018 The local radio station in Seattle is playing in rotation a song called “Gold Rush”. While the band, Death Cab for

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Counting Birds

Originally published Winter, 2018 and revived because I missed the Christmas Bird Count again. . . .drat. For the past 3 years, I have spent

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