California Dreaming · In Real Life

The company we keep …

I’m not a fan of name-droppers, no. Growing up, I was around plenty of them. I was raised in the greater Los Angeles area; our semi-rural community was within easy commuting distance of “beautiful downtown Burbank.” Burbank is not glamorous, but it ought to be. Movie and television studios such as Disney, NBC, Worldwide Pictures,… Continue reading The company we keep …

California Dreaming · In Real Life

Atmospheric River

Our area of Oregon is famous for rain. Except it isn’t rain, it’s really just drizzle. Continuous, dreary drizzle. Until now. A new term entered my vocabulary this week: “atmospheric river.”┬áThe entire west coast is being dumped on right now, particularly Northern California. I love drumming rain, but this is crazy. It’s been scary to… Continue reading Atmospheric River

California Dreaming · Train Love

Riding the rails to sunny California…

This afternoon I board the southbound train, riding the rails for 1000 scenic miles to see my parents. It’s also a marathon editing and reading spree. Traveling with me are: My trusty laptop The final four chapters of my Darcy manuscript My half-finished pirate romance, Persuading Isabella Joel Friedlander’s latest book on self-publishing And the… Continue reading Riding the rails to sunny California…

California Dreaming · Snark Monday

Sun, Sea, and Snark?

It’s the first day of my Spring Break. Sleeping in takes the zing out of Snark Monday, you know? Hey, since I’m home for a visit, I’ll share what people have said about the land of my birth. For starters, how about this dandy sign? Rest stops are more dangerous than we thought. Thank you,… Continue reading Sun, Sea, and Snark?