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Remembering Louise Van Meter Elementary

I’m becoming a cliché, one of those women of a certain age who go around marveling at how fast time moves and how they couldn’t believe when their kids played soccer that they wouldn’t be carpooling for the rest of their lives.


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Book Review: Schroder by Amity Gaige

SCHRODER by Amity Gaige is about a man who kidnaps his daughter for six days and takes her on a road trip that covers a thousand miles of beautifully described New England countryside and encounters with a number of colorful characters. Along the way he learns that love is neither a reason nor an excuse and that no matter where or how he hides, a man cannot outrun himself. Written as a letter from prison, the narrator’s voice is strong and compelling, sometimes funny and often philosophical.


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Novelcram

Every year over the Presidents’ Day weekend, I do a two day teaching stint at the Southern California Writers’ Conference held here in San Diego. About ten minutes from home, actually. NovelCram is an unusual conference offering because participants sign up to spend the whole weekend with me, nine to four on Saturday and Sunday. For me it’s unusual because instead of sitting at my desk, I’m on my feet the whole time. Thank you, Joseph Pilates.


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A Visit from Mum

My mother is coming to spend the week. She lives across town in a cottage behind my sister’s house so the trip doesn’t require a passport, shots or much pre-planning. Mostly what has to happen before she gets here is head stuff. My head.

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Writing and Reading

Writing is obsessive.

 

I have been deep in my new book for the last too-many months, not blogging, sleeping badly, paying bills late. I am only now beginning to see how it will all come out. I never work from an outline, but I usually know what’s supposed to happen in the next twenty or thirty pages and it all ties in roughly with my vague idea of the ending. Like most people, I have a few control issues so writing can feel risky, like jumping out a plane and trusting that your parachute will open. Or the first time you hand the car keys to your son and say “remember the rules.” You just have to trust that everything you’ve done to train and teach and prepare him is going to play out right.

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Sweet Thyme Baby – 50

 

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50

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“He’s mine.” She held out her arms. “I’ve been dying to hold him.” That much was true.


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 49

 

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49

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This was not working out the way Lance had planned. How could he guess that the cook had a gun and that the sissies would fight back? Maybe they were armed too. Joel said it was everyone’s right to keep firearms but surely there were limits.


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 48

 

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48

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the garden, a blue and white taxi with Arabic designs on the hood stopped in front of the Whitby house on Wood Road. Dee got out one side, Sam the other. By chance they’d both been on the early flight down from L.A. The forty-five minute hop gave her just enough time to tell him what she hadn’t the other day, no unpleasant truth spared. Dee wore the clothes she had been wearing when she drove away from the nursery. She had left her canvas tote behind in Eddie Mann’s office.


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 47

 

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The garden waited.


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 46

 

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46

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Sharon lay still on the carpet and listened with heightened senses to the sounds Lance made as he moved from one room to the next. She was perfectly calm, which surprised her. I should be screaming and pounding on the door, she thought. That’s the way a normal person would behave. From the kitchen she heard the freezer door open and shut and then the oven door slam. After a few minutes she smelled pizza and her stomach growled. She had eaten no dinner…


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