Category Archives for "Life"

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A Writer Walks Into a Door

No, the title of this post isn’t my attempt at rewriting an old joke. And it’s not a euphemism for being hit by someone, either. No, this is the story of one of those little occurrences that life throws at me to wake me up.The Setup Early morning, before work. It’s dark out. I hear the dog […]

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A Writer’s Imagination…

Being a writer means that my mind occasionally amuses itself with fanciful scenarios.  Case in point, this “diary” entry from my alter ego: Saturday Visited one of my primary sources for intel today. Received updates on two out of three critical topics. Will visit other sources for info on third topic. After visit, did reconnaissance. Spotted a […]

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A Matter of Degrees

​All day long I’ve felt off. Chilled to the bone. Yet ​my eyes have been burning. I figured I might have a slight fever, so I took my temperature when I got home from work.36.33 Wait! What?! No wonder I’m so cold!! Normal for me is about 97.5F. LOL ​Actually, I’m pretty sure that at 36.33F I’d be […]

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Quake Redecorating

​We had a 4.5 earthquake ​last night, with the epicenter not far from my apartment. I was in bed when it happened and it felt as if a giant had picked up the apartment and was shaking it side to side.  ​I immediately checked my quake tracker app and saw something very odd. The app showed […]

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Questionable Power

The San Francisco Bay area is bracing for a potential power shutoff tomorrow. This is a preventive measure that our gas and electric utility, PG&E, is planning to implement if the forecasted high winds and low humidity combine with a high danger of fire. PG&E is hoping that by turning off the power, they won’t […]

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Some Fun Author Interviews

​Some of my favorite podcasts have recently done fun interviews with authors. Here are a few of my favorite episodes. Enjoy! Host Sarah Wendell of ​​Smart Podcast Trashy Books interviewed one of my top favorite authors, Nalini Singh. Playing Verbal Poker with Nalini Singh. ​Neil deGrasse Tyson had two great author interviews on his StarTalk Radio podcast […]

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The Flavors of Autumn

It was 97F when I left the office on Friday evening. Yet it’s the middle of September, so when I stopped by the store to pick up groceries, I saw that all of the autumn flavored items were in stock.  This photo shows my favorites.A cinnamon stick mini whisk broom. I love the scent of cinnamon […]

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Science and Pop Fiction

​Over this long Labor Day weekend, I’ve been listening to older episodes of StarTalk Radio hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. I particularly enjoyed the two-part Cosmic Queries – Science in Pop Fiction. Ever wonder whether it’s possible to develop stealth technology that will make us invisible like the Invisible Man? What type of solar system […]

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Rediscovering Silence

I’ve recently developed a renewed appreciation for silence. During the week, I work in an office with an open floor plan. It’s rarely quiet. Even when no one is talking, we have music playing. When I’m home, I usually play either a podcast or music. I listen to podcasts while driving. But since starting this job back […]

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My Favorite Non-Writing Podcasts

I listen to a lot of writing and publishing related podcasts, many of which are listed on my resources for writers page. But sometimes I want to listen to something different.  Here are the non-writing and non-business podcasts I listen to the most: Science Friday – My go-to podcast for when I’m driving. Sometimes the science […]

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