Salad Days

In just about two weeks, I’ll be attending class with Kris Rusch for SF Mysteries and I’m low key panicking. Not serious panic, mind you, just a low key question that comes up in quiet moments or while reading the books assigned for the course: “How the hell am I going to do this? I’m…

Wine and the Wonder of Smell

I came across this list of the Definitive List of Black-Owned Wineries Around the Globe this morning and thought it worth sharing. Far from being only a list of South African wineries with a smattering of others, which I expected, there are also a lot in the United States and in France as well as…

Streaking Through Life

Dean Wesley Smith swears by the power of streaks. Here is his post on how to make streaks work for you. This morning I completed an eight day streak tracking what I eat and a 6-day streak getting out each morning to add steps. I’m working on my diet and exercise habits, which has been…

Twitter and the Cornucopia of Diversity

My writing buddies know that I agonize about writing from the viewpoints of characters that are not me. I constantly question whether I have the right to write about a Jewish character who isn’t Reconstructionist or at least Conservative. But Reconstructionist Judaism is a tiny percent of Jews, who are a tiny percent of the…

At the Broken Places

We’ve been traveling while the house is being renovated. We’re back in Albuquerque now, but just for a bit and then we’re on to Santa Fe, one of the world’s most wonderful cities. Meanwhile the house continues to be renovated. It’s been a challenge to do artwork on the road without my lovely big monitor…

Enneagram Subtypes and Characters

One fascinating part of the Enneagram are the “subtypes.” I’ve heard subtypes described as the part of Maslow’s Hierarchy that we are most concerned meeting. (And the numbers are our strategies for meeting them.) There are three subtypes, or instinctual variations: Self-Preservation (Preservers), Sexual (Transmitters), and Social (Navigators). Self-Preservation-focused people are primarily concerned with the…

Options Block

My designer asked me yesterday whether I’d made a decision on what elements I wanted in something we’re ordering for the house. I hung my head and confessed that I have “Shopping Block” brought on by difficulty writing. His assistant smiled and said she understands perfectly. She’s a writer as well. There is a point…

A Fresh Start

I’m returning to writing my blog. It’s been more than two years of heartbreak and struggles with writing. It’s clear to me now that I can’t simply wait for a better day to write. I have to start today with this little blog. So that’s what I’m doing. My plan is to write a short…

Setting the Table With Myself

I’m thinking today of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose prints caused such tumult in the 80s and who I admire for taking his own path in the world of art. So often we censor ourselves. Or at least I do. Mapplethorpe famously didn’t. I have to ask myself who would I be if I were fearless? Who…

Mistakes Can Be Beautiful!

It’s been a busy, but a fairly good week. We finished another gaming article which will soon be coming to a Kickstarter near you. I’ll let you know when it is available. We are working to incorporate the playtester’s changes to Biremes and Triremes, our book-sized gaming supplement. We hope to complete the edits by…