Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

‘There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.” – Terry Pratchett More collaborative poems with my mentor David Bromige…

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“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.” -Sidney Sheldon *     *     * More collaborative poems with David Bromige, my mentor… and don’t ask me who Janice or Betty is. Or if you do, I’ll tell you they are perfect illustrations of David’s humor. Putting a […]

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“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” -Emily Dickinson *     *     * To honor my mentor David Bromige, who passed away this past week, I will be posting some poems written under his tutelage or in collaboration. We would make a cup of […]

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§579 · June 15, 2009 · Poetry, Writing & Language · (No comments) · Tags: , ,


It is with extreme sadness and spiked loss that I mention the passing of my friend and mentor, David Bromige.  I wanted to be able to write a great spread of prose or poetry, honoring his sharp wit, playful creativity, and a life in words. But for now, I will just provide this link and […]

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Hello, Hanoi (Part 9 of Many) I have not posted for a few days because sometimes this world cuts me like a stone, and I have to wander around half-dead until breathable air arrives.

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2-14

This Saturday is February 14th. For most people it is a day of romance (Hallmark or otherwise); but it is also my brother’s birthday. I’m taking the weekend alone in Sapa to write, think, and honor my only and lost brother. Just for him, I booked the deluxe suite with double-balcony views. “You only live […]

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“Uncertainty means stepping into the unknown… Without uncertainty and the unknown, life is just the stale repetition of outworn memories…Relinquish your attachment to the known, step into the unknown, and you will step into the field of all possibilities…” -Deepak Chopra My cousin had the above quote posted on her Facebook page (wow. You know […]

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§552 · January 18, 2009 · PROJECTS, This Modern Life · (No comments) · Tags: , ,


You might think Britney Spears on the iPod while crossing New Zealand’s majestic bays via ferry towards Waiheke Island some kind of sacrilege — but let me assure you, my friends, it is a beautiful (life affirming) combination, the sacred and the profane.

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The sun, ferns, salt and dark lager have bleached my brain. I am now sitting by myself at the (mahogany? kaori wood?) bar at a place called “Schnappa Rock” and enjoying a very tall pint while I write and look at the ocean:

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Tēnā koutou ! I’m in Aukland, New Zealand! But don’t have much time to write, because I am jetlagged and have to go… write. Behind quite a bit on my NaNoWriMo novel and have calculated that I need to hit about 4000 words/day to make it happen. (You thought I quit? Oh, come on- you […]

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§534 · November 25, 2008 · Location-Location, NaNoWriMo · (No comments) · Tags: , , ,


Christopher David DeJong Feb. 14, 1976 – Nov. 20, 2007 It’s been a long year since you left us, yet the loss is still fresh. Slowly the pain lessens and is replaced with memory, but the “missing” will always be there. Let us miss you without selfishness, without desperation, but only with love. You will […]

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§532 · November 20, 2008 · Unthinkable Loss · (No comments) · Tags: ,


…ok, team– It’s time for a serious heart-to-heart. I know I’m infamous for my abundant pep talks (asked for or not) and Can Do attitude; for my always cheery “cheer up, Slugger!” encouragement and optimistic outlooks. Wow. How annoying.

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§531 · November 19, 2008 · NaNoWriMo · 1 comment · Tags: , ,


Despite being on the road, I’m still NaNo-ing! I’ve made my way back to Taos, New Mexico, sagebrush of my heart, and am snuggling down into 7 (burrr!) degree nights, the cold air like a blanket of quiet. Good thing I’m being well taken care of; some friends I met last time have put me […]

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We’re not even through the first week, and already our wordcounts are piling up. Gadzooks! The NaNoWriMo site is so busy that they’ve disabled some of the features, so I can’t install a geeky-neato wordtracker widget. Guess I’ll have to track by hand. Our writers (in no particular order):

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I’m a bad girl, I know (I should be getting my 8 hours, or at the very least out having some Halloween fun like a normal 27-year-old) but I just couldn’t help myself– It’s just past midnight on November first, and it’s officially time to start writing! NaNoWriMo is upon us! I have to say, […]

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§527 · November 1, 2008 · NaNoWriMo · (No comments) · Tags:


It’s almost November, and you know what that means! No, not the election (something even BIGGER than that!) Start sharpening your pencils, changing the ribbons on your typewriter, or (if you must) booting up your hard drives, because it’s… National Novel Writing Month! I’m gearing up to crank out 50,000 words in 30 days, and […]

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§526 · October 30, 2008 · NaNoWriMo · 1 comment · Tags: , ,


Yesterday was the 5 year anniversary of the death of my best friend Jamie. My friend Jill, who grew up with Jamie and I, called me: “Just wanted to talk to you to remember how, 5 years ago exactly, we experienced one of the worst days of our lives.” Actually, she said “one of the […]

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§512 · August 31, 2008 · Unthinkable Loss · 1 comment · Tags: , , , ,


A single complaint: $5 Tally to date: $60 Learning-the-hard-way-that-complaining-is-a-waste-of-time-and-my-energy- is-better-spent-doing-anything-but: priceless. For the sake of rounding up, I am rounding up(:) the Perspective Fund to a crisp $100 (I’d be kidding myself if I didn’t think fallen through the cracks of good behavior slipped a few unrecorded complaint tokens.) No, $100 isn’t a lot monetarily, […]

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§510 · August 21, 2008 · Perspective · 1 comment · Tags: , , , ,


Oh, who am I kidding- There is no Robot-Lego FlashDance going on — I don’t even own legos.

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§500 · July 13, 2008 · Unthinkable Loss · 1 comment · Tags: , ,


Running around like a chicken with her head cut off, your author neglects (temporarily!) to post new material on NKS… but trust that it is all leading to bigger and better things. You can’t stop this girl from writing; she loves it like breath. [[-End tedious 3rd person narrative-]] I’m doing another poetry reading this […]

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§494 · July 9, 2008 · Announcements, Poetry · (No comments) · Tags: , ,