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date
Mar
21
2013

On Running Away, Not From Home, But To It

This morning when I was driving Vera to school I rolled down the windows to let in the morning air. It’s spring in Los Angeles right now, which may not seem real to people in places who go through real winter, but it’s spring nonetheless. The trees and shrubs are bursting with blossoms, the light Read more…

date
Aug
13
2012

Letting Go

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I’ve blogged. I think that’s the longest I’ve gone in years. I’ve been trying to be more forgiving of myself though when it comes to not accomplishing things, and blogging has been one thing I’ve tried not to beat myself up over. That said, I do Read more…

date
May
17
2012

The Places We Call Home

I spent most of Tuesday down in Orange County, first in Long Beach and then later in Laguna Beach to be part of the Pen on Fire Literary Salon, which was just fantastic. (Side note: I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to get to know the two other writers I was a panelist Read more…

date
Mar
22
2012

Notes & Images from San Francisco

This post is mostly going to be just images since we are rushing out the (hotel) door to meet up with Greg’s brother for the day. Although I have a couple more events and readings coming up, this is the last official stop on my book tour and I’m a little sad! Despite being hugely Read more…

date
Feb
23
2012

Thursday Ramblings

So much has been going on lately and it’s been hard to keep up. Most of it just has to do with juggling my normal life as a pregnant mom with all these books events and publicity. It’s a lot. I’m faring pretty well though. To illustrate, here are a jumble of thoughts, images & Read more…

date
Jan
05
2012

Thursday in Santa Monica

It’s Thursday in Santa Monica. Vera is at school. Greg is at the coffee shop writing, and I’m home alone in the house with the cats. I just got back from getting a pedicure — a pregnancy indulgence I have a hard time denying myself. It’s gorgeous out — sunny, high 70s — and I Read more…

date
Dec
31
2011

2011: Year in Photos

The past twelve months have truly been some of the most exciting of my life. Book deals, cross-country moves, second pregnancies. It’s been a lot, and it’s been more than I ever could have asked for, in every good way possible. Along every step of the way I took photos. I recently revisited 2010′s Year Read more…

date
Dec
29
2011

On One of the Last Nights of the Year

It’s Thursday night in Santa Monica and I’m reclined on the couch, laptop propped on my knees, while I half-watch Bridget Jones’ Diary. I just put Vera down and Greg is out with a friend in West Hollywood. We got back from a week in Ohio the night before last and, as usual, I have Read more…

date
Nov
30
2011

Wednesday Night in Santa Monica

It’s Wednesday night in Los Angeles and the Santa Ana winds are blowing. If you’re not familiar, the Santa Ana winds are the stuff of LA legend and folklore. Mystical and strange things are said to happen, the murder rate supposedly goes up and people go missing. The Santa Anas have appeared in countless novels, Read more…

date
Oct
17
2011

Monday in Santa Monica

It’s Monday morning in Santa Monica and I’m still waking up. It’s 8am-cool outside and I can hear a small plane taking off from Santa Monica airport. Greg is feeding Vera mini-waffles and I’m trying to remember what I was supposed to be doing this week. A million things, I think. Greg’s brother Brad just Read more…