frequently asked questions

Photo credit: Austin Chan

Photo credit: Austin Chan

why do you have this section?

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me a question, I'd have a much better looking website. Our curious children with their inquisitive minds are a delight: Mom, why are you talking to yourself again? Mom, why can't I put jelly beans in my tortilla? Mom, why are you so old? 
Adults I encounter daily also come at me with their inquires, some of which I will attempt to answer here.

if you could pick your patronus, what would it be?

A sea lion. They zoom and glide through the water, come equipped with flippers, lie around together, speak to each other with loud barking sounds, live on seafood ... it's got to be one of the happiest animals on the planet. My ridiculously joyful sea lion would crush Dementors. 

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What did the salmon say when he swam into a wall?



any good advice?

  • Be good, have fun! - My Mom
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated. - Golden Rule
  • Get busy living or get busy dying. - Shawshank Redemption
  • "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Albus Dumbledore
  • Know and obey the rules so you understand when and how to break them. - Me ... and no doubt others before me
  • Ask and see what happens. - Me
  • Keep writing. Make it part of your routine. - Me and a slew of writers
  • If you can make someone smile, that's good. If you make someone laugh, that's the best." - Me
  • Bake cookies." - Me

what is the point of this website?

Why wouldn't I have a site? May as well since I get up at 5 a.m. on weekdays to write and spend hours on the weekend banging out essays, books, a movie script, and more recently a series of haikus that my writing group says should be a series of short stories. 

I want to put my content out there so that readers, listeners, family, friends, agents, publishers, grant writers, fairy godmothers and benevolent benefactors can relate in some way to what I write and say. 

My goal in life is to write creative fiction as well as non-fiction pieces so that I can enjoy owning a lovely house where I write daily on a screened-in back porch with my coffee before riding my bike to the beach to surf.  

do you currently have a real job?

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Don't we all? When I'm not home writing or taking care of my husband, two kids and black lab, I work full-time for a Fortune 250 company as a products and services strategist.  This involves researching, analyzing, and communicating what new gadgets and services we should offer within the next three-to-five years that would solve our customers' problems and delight them.

what's your education background?

My degree in English Literature from The George Washington University and Master's Degree in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado - Denver make me well qualified to create copious amounts of content for this website.

who are your favorite writers?

The list below is in no particular order and subject to change. 

  • Nick Hornby
  • Rick Reilly
  • Erma Bombeck
  • Gene Weingarten
  • Dave Barry
  • Richard Russo
  • J.D. Salinger
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Helen Fielding
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Jojo Moyes
  • Jean Shepherd
  • John Irving