OleHenriksen Cured My Acne…And I Have No Idea How

When I was in high school, there was a commercial – for Olay, I think – in which the actress complained about having acne and wrinkles at the same time. I remember watching it with one of my Sisters of the Traveling Chocolate and laughing, because like that would ever happen. Not so funny when you’re 40 and it’s true! I don’t mind the wrinkles so much. I figure I’ve earned those, especially the one on my forehead that’s from decades of raising my eyebrows at people. But oil and breakouts are things we’re told we’ll grow out of,...

Inside an Author’s “Process”

I love that word, “process.” Makes it sound like writers know what they are doing, when we’re actually just faking it and hoping no one will notice. Now that I’m working on a fantasy novel, though, I have noticed that my fiction process is totally different than my nonfiction process.   My nonfiction process looks like this: 1) Get an idea.  This part is truly easy – ideas are everywhere. 2) Figure out if anyone besides me cares about the idea.  Much harder. 3) Research, read, synthesize, understand.  Research is time consuming, but awesome. For starters, it’s like the...

Fox Cousteau: Intrepid Explorer, Finder of Fun

I’d like you all to meet Fox Cousteau: Fox Cousteau was a gift from one of my Sisters of the Travelling Chocolate.* The same Sister who has told me, on more than one occasion, that I do not have enough fun.* * Challenge accepted. It started small. I’d take him with me when I went out exploring my new province and send her a picture of him from wherever I was. But then something happened. Fox Cousteau started to develop… a personality. This should not have been a surprise. Writer-folk are always talking about their characters taking on lives...