An Ode (of sorts) to NEEDLE Magazine

Don't know why, but the more I look at this cover, the more enthralled I am by it: Sure, part of the reason is because my name's on it, I ain't gonna lie. It could also be the nipples. But… Continue Reading

Looking for a Few Good Writers

Hey Author Friends: I have a few features on my blog that I've been ignoring for far too long, and now, with your help, I'd like to put a little more effort into them. I'm looking for authors (mainly crime… Continue Reading

Patience, Young Grasshopper

I attended the California Crime Writers Conference in Pasadena this weekend. What a great time. I met a lot of new people and got to know several people better. We all talked incessantly about writing, books and careers, and everything… Continue Reading

Danielle Steel’s Beach Retreat

Estimated to be worth $600-$800 million, author Danielle Steel owns a few wonderful properties. But this is where she most likes to call home: Click here to see the slide show. Click here to read the Wall Street Journal article.

Month of No Spending

May was our "Month of No Spending." What that meant for us was that we would not spend anything on extras like clothes, entertainment, lunches out, et cetera. We allowed ourselves to go out with friends and a couple of… Continue Reading

In the Mood

Yesterday I took a day off from writing and created a mood board for my living room. But before I show you that, here is how the living room currently looks: My main complaints with the room are that it's… Continue Reading

Light Me up

We need a new dining room chandelier. The one we currently have is a somewhat ugly, generic, Home Depot model. Three of the bulb holders are permanently broken. Trouble is, Mick and I have a no-buy agreement for May. That… Continue Reading

Great Opening Lines

I am on a never-ending quest for the perfect opening line. As part of my search, today I went through a bunch of my books, looking at the opening lines while I hoped for inspiration to strike. It hasn't–yet–but I… Continue Reading

50 Author Interviews

For all you writers/aspiring authors/readers out there, I wanted to bring your attention to this link from Online College: 50 Famous Author Interviews That Shouldn't Be Missed I find there's always something to be learned from reading interviews of authors.… Continue Reading

Cherry Blossom Bridal Shower

This weekend, I hosted a bridal shower for a dear friend. I chose a cherry blossom theme, and it turned out to be the perfect choice, for a lot of reasons. Here are some pictures from the shower and a… Continue Reading