My new favorite word is “Theoretically.” (Just a note, I couldn’t spell it…had to look it up.) I use this word to escape obligation and responsibility. For example: Friend “Have you been writing a lot? Are you almost finished with another book?” My reply “Theoretically.” Translation: I have all my things out or maybe even […]

March Book Reviews

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow. The story told in multiple time lines about a woman who was a seamstress for Buckingham palace and locked up in a mental hospital when she got pregnant from an affair with The Prince of Wales. Quilt tells her story. Clever author uses various point-of-views through taped interviews and […]

Surviving the Beta Read

You are there. With a flourish you type in that final period (or more likely correct that final spelling error). You have researched, revised, re-written and you are ready for someone to read your latest novel. This is called a “Beta Read.” Official definition according to Wikipedia (okay, not the go-to source, but this is […]

Robin’s February Book Reviews

  The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jacobs Stevenson. YA book. I bought this from the author quite some time ago. There was a book mark in it like I had started it. Now I remember why I put it down…a little too “cute” for me and some content glitches and inconsistencies (in one scene there […]

Small Town

The other day I went out and did my local errands. For those of you who don’t know me, I live in a small town. Twelve miles away there is a slightly bigger town, which is where one must go if there are “big” errands. But our little town has a post office, a hardware […]

Robin’s January Book Reviews

Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh. Wow! I’ll tell you right up front, this book was a 4.8 star for me…I loved it. Couldn’t put it down. The writing is great, but in addition this is a topic I was pretty ignorant about..the uprising in Kenya in the 1950’s. Rachel, age eighteen, has just […]

Trail Maintenance

During my recent writing road trip I spent two weeks in Bandelier National Park, where much of my latest work in progress takes place. While there I was able to watch a huge project: the maintenance of the Frey Trail which leads from the campground to the canyon. I had planned to hike this trail, […]

Sixty Years

Ten years ago I turned fifty. I decided to celebrate this monumental birthday with fifty birthday parties. I documented them in a photo album and recently pulled it out to page through and smile at all the memories. Friends who met me for lunch, students who shared their cupcakes and classroom parties with me, hat […]


This is an educational blog. I found out the other day that people don’t know about Overdrive. They don’t know about California libraries. So I’m going to tell you all so that you can take advantage of this most golden opportunity. Not only that you can save money and quit giving it to big corporations […]

Fresh out of ideas

Yep, I am writing this blog with an absolute blank mind. Knowing that in January I am going to have to come up with a lot more blog ideas, because Marlene will no longer be sending me book reviews (and soooo many people have told me how sad they are about that) and I am […]