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Defender of the Realm

Defender of the Realm
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It’s the dark, wee hours of a 12th century morning at England’s Dansford Castle, near the Welsh border. The castle is vulnerable, with only a small regiment of guards. To do their part, the men of the village each serve a shift as lookout from time to time. On this night, James, the village cobbler, […]

Looking for Will: My Bardic Quest with Shakespeare

Looking for Will: My Bardic Quest with Shakespeare

Who was Shakespeare, really? Greg Bell asks the question in his book, Looking for Will: My Bardic Quest With Shakespeare, a collection of poems, stories, and remembrances about the years Bell performed as the Bard himself, onstage and at popular Renaissance Faires. Besides being an author, Bell is (obviously) a Shakespearean actor. He currently facilitates […]

Just Float

Just Float

Was tension written on my face? In my posture? A friend insisted I needed to float. I like to try new things, so okay. Fortunately, Pasadena has the nicest, newest, biggest float therapy spa anywhere. It’s called Just Float. There’s a protocol to follow. The video on the website shows you around the place and […]

Micro Fiction

Micro Fiction

Thanks to Paula Johnson… Rose City Sisters will publish a new 100-word story every day in March. Micro fiction contributors include local novelists Petrea Burchard (Altadena), Margaret Finnegan (South Pasadena) and Bonnie Schroeder (Glendale), as well as more than two dozen writers from the U.S. and Canada. The site also publishes flash fiction, which are stories […]

Order & Chaos

Order & Chaos

I’m one of those people you might call “anal.” It’s an unattractive term for an orderly person. I’m not obsessive-compulsive to the point of exhibiting the so-named disorder, but you could call me an OCD sympathizer. I like having everything in place. I alphabetize my books and organize them by category. I balance my checkbook […]

Resolve to Write Your Story

Resolve to Write Your Story

In August of 1999 I visited England. Among many other delights, I climbed the famous Glastonbury Tor with a local guide. From the top we viewed green, billowing hills, cozy farms and miles of hedgerows. But the most remarkable sight was a giant, flat-topped hill that dominated the landscape, its ramparts tiered like a green […]

The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl

Some classic books are so famous that you think you know them even if you haven’t read them: Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Oliver Twist…. Some I’ve read and some I haven’t, though all are on my shelves. Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl was one of those […]

Get Your Voice—and Words—Out There

Get Your Voice—and Words—Out There

Getting your voice out there. You may not know I’m a voice actor. For a word lover like me it’s the best job ever! I have a home studio that looks like a giant Tardis in its PJs. In September, I visited North Dakota for Anime Fargo. I didn’t see any desperate criminals (that I know of), just […]

The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic

If I were to write a novel about the experience of a large group of people, I might choose to identify one or two characters and examine their lives in depth. I think most authors would go this way. But in her novel, The Buddha in the Attic, Pen/Faulkner Award winner and National Book Award […]

Storm & Lakeside

Storm & Lakeside

Storm Mother Nature in pain. Throws new red shiny stiletto heels across the sky. Smacks Santa Ana’s face: Eyes blacken, mouth swells, sneezes, coughs. Santa Ana up chucks fast-moving frosty wind. Howl loud and long. Cause sleepless nights. Uprooted age old trees drop like matchsticks. Electric lines snap spin spread darkness. Red-eyed candle light welcome […]

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