My musical life ramped into high gear over the fourth of July weekend when I received an email from Robin saying The Rubber Maids 20 year reunion is a go. She booked shows and ordered copies of our album (that was never officially released) on vinyl. I've been practicing like crazy and feel like I have a good grip on my bass lines. And next week I'm off to New Orleans.


So far, this year has been all about bokeh. The definition of bokeh is: "the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens." Bokeh is usually seen as circular colored dots in a background created by city lights. However, it can also be seen as shapes created by capturing light through a lens filter.

I have been having a blast with this! I have been creating all kinds of filters and using Christmas lights inside and light reflected off moving water outside. I've finally mastered creating bokeh around a clear subject and am exploring this technique to bring a new magic to the next Gator McBumpypants picture book.

I plan to bring my filters to New Orleans and capture the magic of the light on the river and in the swamps.


This fall I went to the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. I had a wonderful experience. I received positive responses from five agents and an editor, so my writing time will be spent perfecting a synopsis and querying my Thriller novel. For NaNoWriMo this year I have a second story with the same characters planned. It will be the first time I've ever done a sequel of sorts and I'm excited to see how it goes.

The day I came home from the conference, my story "Almost Paradise" was published in the Washington's Emerging Writers anthology. I'm very excited that my story was included in this book, not only because my words are finally in a print book, but because it is in such good company. I love that the collection includes stories from many different genres. Every story is a good read.



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