Shadow of the Fly

Growth

I attended the Chuckanut Writers Conference this weekend and pitched my book, The Parting Glass, to 3 different agents. All three expressed interest. Two requested a couple of sample chapters via email and one wanted a completed manuscript. So, now I have the challenge of actually finishing my book. I've been so focused on perfecting …

Festival of Flags

The Festival of Flags happens each Memorial Day in Ferndale, Washington, and the path to the remembrance ceremony is lined with American flags - over 1,500 of them. This "Avenue of Flags" honors military service veterans, and each flag pole identifies an individual who died in service to our country. Walking through The Avenue of Flags today, …

Baby Daffodils

There are a few activities in life that require a person to assume a strange position. For example, this afternoon Andy walked out of his condo and found me laying on the sidewalk looking up at these little daffodils. "I know, this looks strange," I said, "but it's the only way to get the view …

The Mystery Remains

If I open the door and step inside, all of the mystery will be over.   I'll know the darkness hides only a lawnmower, broken chairs, and discarded motor oil containers.  If I remain outside, I can continue to imagine more interesting possibilities: 50 year-old calendars of faded pin-up girls, stacks of dusty books, or maybe coins scattered across a work bench.  Forgotten things, not …

Going Red

Many of my readers are on Facebook, so they already know all about my red hair. However, I really wanted to share it with the WordPress world too! Naturally a strawberry blonde, I've gotten progressively blonder over the past couple of years. I needed a change.  Thanks to Sandra at the Velvet Rope! *Update (2/15/12):  …