Island Life: I Know We Are All Sick Of Zoom But Also It’s Actually Kind Of Great

Photo by Elena Kuchko on Unsplash   Before we moved to Orcas Island, we lived in Portland, Oregon. Portland is famous (and rightfully so) for many things–Portlandia, roses, coffee, bicycles, beer, hipsters, hipster coffee, hipster beer–but one of the most … Continue reading

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The Word is Baseball
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It’s THAT time of year, so I’m combining two of my loves: writing and baseball to reprise this post from several years ago with some additional thoughts. The title phrase of this post is from one of my three most … Continue reading

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Blogging 18th Century Style: the Salon

I was rereading Benedetta Craveri‘s  biography,  Madame du Deffand and her World, and when I hit the chapter about her St. Joseph’s convent salon, the parallels between the eighteenth century French salons and the evolving blogosphere gave me this mental image of one … Continue reading

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Cafe Reads: THE WOLVES OF MIRR, by Paul Piper

The Wolves of Mirr, an eco-thriller/mystery/magical realism novel that defies easy classification, hits several of my sweet spots: Poetically-rendered wilderness settings, complex characters, intertwining physical and psychological dangers, and a strong thread of ancient Greek mythology. … Continue reading

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BRIDGERTON and Regency Romance

  Regency romances have been a “thing” since the Silver Fork novels of the 1830s, which I suspect Georgette Heyer grew up reading. I started reading Heyer as a teen, which taste combined with my love of the Hornblower series by C.S. Forester and … Continue reading

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Pin Money, Romance, and Silver Fork Novels

In my own particular mental map of the modern novel’s river, the watershed is Jane Austen. Her books were romantic, but she was not writing romance as it later came to be understood. Romance in the early sense could be … Continue reading

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Hip new narrative strategies are . . . not so new

These days there has been a lot of talk about daring narrative voices and experimental playing with fiction and truth (as in real life experience, to skirt around the gigantic elephant of what constitutes “truth”), and it’s great that more … Continue reading

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