Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Monday, April 23, 2012


Some of you have noticed Storyfires has gone dormant around here this winter.

Thought I'd resurrect for Spring.

My tulips and forget-me-not are in bloom. Aspen and maple leaves have appeared. Bleeding heart. Cherry blossoms.

I keep thinking I should xeriscape my yard since I live in a desert.


So I went to the nursery and came home with thyme and irish moss and delphinium.
My psyche thinks I live in England, where things are green because it rains.

I am alive.

I am writing.

Just so you know.

Free books will be coming again. More stuff about writing. More about the writer's life. Finding balance. More about barefoot running.

Maybe a poem or two. Just to torment you.

See you around the fire!

Playing High and Dry with Sourdough

Lately I've been playing with dough. It's become a sort of a compulsion. Maybe because I'm tired of driving all the way to som...