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NEW SHORT STORY PUBLISHED: My short story “Carmen” has been published online by Page & Spine. Two aging women are surprised about a third’s political activism, showing surprises occur at every age. Feel free to comment, like, forward.

SPECULATIVE FICTION COLLECTION:  First encounters with the unknown call forth exciting tales full of magic, horror, humor, and suspense. What happens when aliens, fantastical creatures or strange celestial objects interrupt ordinary life? From the Speculative Fiction Writers group of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers comes First Encounters–a Speculative Fiction Anthology (OTI Press November 2020), a collection of ten original stories full of mysterious happenings. This collection offers ten original and addictive stories, one of them mine. See Amazon (, Barnes & Noble (, and Kobo ( . Ebooks are $3.99, paperbacks are $8.99 plus tax and postage. For info on the SpecFic group, see

PODCAST “The Passion for Writing”: Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers interviewer Mark Stevens talks with me at “The Passion for Writing,” how I’ve developed my writing and what I get back from it The half-hour show is free on the website My passion for writing began in childhood and led to my career in nonprofits focusing on public and community relations and marketing, but now concentrates on fiction.

READERS’ CORNER, JANUARY, BEGINNINGS. Colorado Women in World War II, by Gail M. Beaton, provides a good example of how women filled critical roles, earning the respect and accolades of their male peers, a handbook how to move ahead, shove your way into the mainstream. All Adults Here, Emma Straub’s multi-generational novel, shows beginnings are possible any time in life, as characters embark with trepidation but courage into new ventures. Lisa Wingate’s best-seller, Before We Were Yours, chronicles the life of five kids on a Mississippi River shanty during the Great Depression, stolen from their parents. Brynn Greenwood’s contemporary best-seller, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, presents a moral dilemma: can a relationship that exists far outside conventional societal norms ever be considered acceptable? See;, or 

FACE MASKS, DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW: Another opinion (mine) about how much we can or should depend on masks during this pandemic. From the Beacon Senior News in Grand Junction. What do you think?     

Colorado Sun publishes my essay about masks: Go to Colorado Sun published my essay about masks. “Write On!”, “Our reactions to coronavirus only give us the illusion of control.”

NEW PODCAST:  I discuss my journey and how having a passion in life helps me and others gain purpose and excitement on the Femininjja Project. Visit

PAPERBACK NOW AVAILABLE! A feisty single mom clashes with an ex-military corporate star at a retreat in the wild Colorado mountains. But when a raging flood threatens their survival, they learn the true meaning of partnership. Available in  paperback as well as ebook. To order, visit Amazon, or Totally Bound, ,or other online retailers. 

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