The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey is Out! This past week I received two copies of The Magic of Memoir. They are called contributor's copies, meaning, I submitted an essay to the anthology and it was accepted, so I get two free copies....

Biking Holland One of the things I love most about visiting the Netherlands is going on a bike ride. Biking Holland is such a pleasure. Just thinking about it, makes me smile. There are a lot of reasons why. Here are just a few. Bikes Galore You don't...

"If you chase two rabbits, you won't catch either one." I found this old proverb in the terrific book The One Thing by Gary Keller. It changed the way I was thinking. It changed the way I am living, so now, I'm chasing the rabbit. (Here's a FUN book...

I Love Holland! Going to the Netherlands isn't exactly visiting a foreign country and it isn't exactly going home. It is both foreign and familiar. I'm sure part of it is that my husband was born and raised in The Netherlands. He was twenty-five years old...

  When a writing prompt changed everything. Last night, at my writing club, we used this prompt: Imagine looking at childhood pictures of your antagonist. What details stand out that make you empathize with him or her?  1. I thought of this picture I'm knee deep writing my next book,...

Getting My Feet Wet: The North Sea The best way to start a research trip is to jump right on in and get your feet wet. So I do that. Literally. My sister-in-law, Andrea, and I go to the seaside in Zeeland, and there I am! Feet in...

I never thought I'd be the sort of author who would (or could) say, "I've just come back from a research trip!" I never thought I'd say, "My research trip was six weeks long. And it took me to Europe."  But here I am. Saying those very...

The Magic of Memoir in my life. Months and months ago, I met Brooke Warner, C0-founder of She Writes Press, and Linda Joy Meyers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers. They were putting together an anthology and doing a contest. They said, "Send us an...

I've been Sleuthing Around lately. You might say snooping, ferreting, digging. My days are spent with my head in a book, a movie, some old documents, letters. But it's not as dreary as it sounds. It's kind of Sherlock-Holmes-ish. I always did love a good...

The Zambezi Floodplain separates the towns of Kalabo and Mongu. When I lived in Kalabo, it was an eight or ten hour canoe or 4-wheel drive trip to get from one to the other. This week I got an email saying, "HEY! Have you seen the...