Essay A Body in Motion published by Oregon Humanities examining the sensory needs of motion.Read More
Gracie's great-grandmother, Jubilee Paris, takes her out to the garden to plant seeds... and listen for her dead great-grandfather. Little does Gracie know that her dear old Gran-J isn't quite as addle-brained as people think.Read More
Driven to succeed, Dr. Mayra Nash is fixated on her research work to the point of having no outside life beyond the lab. A colleague suggests some no-strings-attached companionship, and refers Dr. Nash to an android service that provides exactly what she needs: Aleksander, a beautiful specimen of a robotic man designed to fulfill where his human counterparts have failed.Read More
I'm taking a sweets baking break, gearing up for fasting season to recover from the deluge of holiday baking. I put on a few pounds more than I'd like between October and December. But my latest recipe tweaks, requiring numerous tests and lots of tasting, have resulted in my best bakes yet. Just look at cookie palooza 2018!Read More
My number one baking recommendation for the new year: change to the metric system. Using volume to measure ingredients adds unnecessary variables in baking, and is often the cause for failure. Nothing sucks more than spending the time and effort to bake something new only to have it come out terrible because your method of measurement differs from the recipe developer's.Read More
I have spent so much time fighting with recipe conversions simply because I didn't know that gluten-free flours don't absorb as much fat as gluten-containing flours.Read More
Dishonorably discharged from the Federation military fleet, Okai Han resigns herself to a position aboard a freelance vessel as the Communications Officer. The discordant crew is about as put together as the ship itself: just barely. A once in a lifetime opportunity presents itself to the vagabond captain, and it's all that Officer Han can do to make it out alive with her sanity intact.Read More
I don't know how many times I've had to dash across the room and tackle my kid just before she popped a goodie into her mouth.Read More
I write notes on my recipes to remind myself of what works/doesn't work each time I make them. In a lot of cases, they're recipes I only make once a year so there's a bit of a skills gap. Hence the month of practice before the big event. And yet for some reason I ignore my own advice.Read More
A dense layer of toxic cloud cover has prevented sunlight from reaching the earth in over a hundred years. For those in the Midwest, acres of sterile farmland have been converted to fields of battery banks, and each farm is responsible for obtaining a quota of energy collected by solar-paneled electric planes. The pilots are called sunscrapers and they are the only ones to see the untarnished sky.
I have struggled with making gluten-free yeast bread, specifically with loaves not holding their shape once they rise over the top of the pan the way gluten-containing dough does. If you allow the gluten-free loaf to rise past that 2.5" wall, it spreads out over the sides and deflates.Read More
The difference is not insignificant. At best, I can expect to pay at least $3/lb for gluten-free flour at the grocery store while conventional bakers pay less than a dollar on average.Read More
Fifteen years after my diagnosis of celiac disease, I've learned a thing or two about living with food restrictions. I also have several family members whose combined food allergies run the entire gamut. Armed with all sorts of funny, disturbing, frustrating, and successful experiences, I'm ready to share what I know to help others.Read More
Cirque, "a literary journal for the North Pacific Rim," published my nonfiction environmental essay "The Void Left from Protecting the Environment" in the Vol. 9 No. 2 Summer 2018 edition of the journal last month. Both the print and online version are now available at the links below.
In addition to the story having been picked up by Cirque, it was also 2nd place winner in the Willamette Writer's Kay Snow Writing Contest 2018 for nonfiction.
Today I woke up with the brilliant idea that I'm going to make my own cross body, low profile handbag. Trying to buy one is probably the most painful experience because not only do I want specific dimensions--I will not carry a bag bigger than my head but it has to hold a wallet, smartphone, keys, and an inhaler--I also need it in two specific colors: medium-dark brown and black. eBags, Zappos, and Amazon are the only places I bother with for bags anymore, but I'm tired of having to replace the same low quality pieces. I draw the line at paying more for a tiny handbag than I do clothing and shoes. The frugal minimalist in me refuses.Read More
If you're not big on organization, or your organization only extends as far as allowing you to somewhat function, don't fret. Project Management is an entire profession of its own but the basic tenets apply and are easy to follow.Read More
Having a mile-long TBR (to be read) book list is a relatively low-ranking problem. Thinking about all the books waiting for me to read makes me giddy, and occasionally guilty. Since I won't stop buying books, my libraries nearly always pull through for me, and I have wonderful friends who gift me books like everyday is Jolabokaflod, I have to get creative about choosing what to read next.And by creative, I mean the method of selection changes by the moment.Read More
I went through a phase where I spent a lot of time worrying over the best way to write. I've since learnt that most writers do this. It's reassuring to know that I'm not alone because I have wasted so much time researching all the different applications, formats, and a never-ending list of hacks to get more words on a page.Read More
Writing believable characters is a challenge. On the one hand, you'll get someone telling you how much your character resonates with them, and on the other, a callous dismissal with extra emphasis on your lack of character development skills.Read More