This is sort of a mish mash posting. There is both lots going on and nothing going on, at the same time! My move is done, although most of my life still seems to be in storage in California; we will bring things here a bit at a time as we make room for them…
A review of mine was recently posted a review on the Story Circle Book Review site, to great kudos. It is my review of The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie. I will post it here on the blog in a week or so, or you can go to SCBR and read it there. (http://storycirclebookreviews.org/reviews/wilderlife.shtml)
The reading of this book was a journey home, of a sorts, in that Laura Ingalls Wilder has been a part of my life since the day of my birth – I was, at least in part, named for her by my three older sisters. (“Laura” is also a family name). Oh and by the way – for my friends who are fans of Sarah Addison Allen, read Susan Ideus’ great review of the Peach Keeper HERE>> http://www.storycirclebookreviews.org/reviews/peachkeeper.shtml
Today, (Wednesday March 23) I have a posting appearing on the fashion blog, Bangle and Clutch. Anyone who knows me well will laugh hysterically at the thought of me anywhere near a fashion site or blog. But my writing-sisters there at Bangle and Clutch offered other women a chance to expand their reach by offering a guest post on their blog. Mine is about age. About respect. About acknowledging accomplishment and honoring our elders. You can find the post here – http://www.bangleandclutch.com/blog/ and I will re-post it here on the blog in a few weeks. I am so grateful for the opportunity afforded to me by Bangle and Clutch! Please go and read the posting, and while you are there, take a “look see” at the site. I hope this will bring fresh readers and new comments to my blogging efforts, which, I admit have been lacking in volume in the last two months as I re-establish myself in a new state, both physical and mental.
Other news in my life is my accepting a new opportunity with a dear friend and accomplice Bobby Bradford. Under my banner of Time in a Bottle Writers Services, Bobby and I are going to be working together to market and publicize his works of writing. I no longer have a website for Time in a Bottle, since I changed the focus from office services to services for writers and authors. I have known Bobby for over 20 years, since he and my lovely sister Betty joined lives as companions and consorts. Bobby is a remarkable playwright, an accomplished musician and artist. He has won two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Best Play in the Fringe of Marin Festival of One-Acts, and his plays have also been produced by Construct Theatre Company on W. 14th St. in New York, the Black Box Festival at College of Marin in Kentfield, CA, the Petaluma Arts Council (CA), Ross Valley Players (CA) and Café Amsterdam in Fairfax, CA, and published in Mused (Bella Online). His stories have been published in Bohème Magazine, SoMa Literary Review, Slow Trains Literary Journal and Long Story Short. He teaches writing at Dominican University of California. I am really looking forward to working with him – it will be a great learning opportunity for me, to work for a writing instructor, and I hope that I can get his body of work out there more to the public; he is richly deserving of aclaim. Feel free to contact me at readerwoman (at) gmail dot com if you have connections or an interest in publishing Bobby’s work!
At first glimpse, Arizona doesn’t have much in the way of seasons. But our weeks of Spring here have been filled with interesting weather, awesome hikes and new adventures. Hail and heavy rain yesterday, won’t get over mid 50’s this week, although last week we were hiking in mid-70’s sunshine! Not warm enough for the snakes to come out yet, but the lizards can be found sunning on the rocks and almost daily a couple of road runners come around for a bite to eat! Gorgeous sunrises and sunsets on the horizon over the mountains, and no smog, traffic noise or big-city hurry. Heaven on Earth!