Wordless Wednesday: Twilight from the bridge

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 in news & muse, the world around me, Wordless Wednesday

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Recently photographed on the Q train heading to Brooklyn. The horizon includes a hint of the new Freedom Tower.

Wordless Wednesday: Blue sky, white roofs

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 in news & muse, the world around me, Wordless Wednesday

photographed in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

The view from my house these days. Pretty but cold!

Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Fire and Ice

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 in friends and colleagues, news & muse, the world around me, Wordless Wednesday

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First, ice. Photographed outside my kitchen window this morning.

Secondly, fire.

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This charred book is a relic from a fire that devastated my author friend Kate Quinn’s house last week. Yes, the title of the book is A Day of Fire, which has just been shortlisted for a Historical Novel Society best book award. Yes, Kate is one of the authors listed on the cover. And, as fellow author Sophie Perinot remarked, “In true Kate style, she appreciated the irony.”

393443_299839280050037_411073951_nThis is all preamble to letting you know about a fundraiser to help Kate and her family get back on their feet. Thankfully, everyone survived the fire. However, her house suffered extensive damage, and all of their possessions were lost.

So, if you’re in the mood to do a good deed (and I hope you are), head over to the Kate Quinn House Recovery Fund. You can give as little as the cost of a latte, and it will give you the non-caffeinated buzz of Doing Good. Alternately, you can pre-order Kate’s latest historical novel, Lady of the Eternal City—pre-orders are just the thing to help an author out. And thanks!

Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Back from the VCCA

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 in news & muse, the Next Novel, the world around me, travels, Wordless Wednesday

10410712_10204348804175024_7642075150484817828_nMy morning walk to the studio complex.

Aaaannnd I’m back from my writer’s residency fellowship at the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts. My goal at the VCCA: to finish up a draft of the Next Novel. The good news: I met my goal—I now have a completed draft of about 400 pages. Even better news: I returned to Brooklyn inspired and excited about my work. Nothing like two weeks at an artist colony to invigorate the creative process!

10945004_10204360916597827_6305036740843411470_nMy little studio in the woods.

Though I’ve gone to plenty of writer’s retreats and conferences, the VCCA was my first experience at an artist colony. I truly loved it.

1979761_10204412398684847_5725903634339577751_nThe view from my room in the residence hall.

Imagine a place where everything you need as an artist and writer is provided to you and then some: you’re given a private studio to work in, delicious meals to eat, beautiful private gardens and woods to explore. If that’s not wonderful enough, you’re surrounded by like-minded souls—writers, composers, and visual artists—all who respect your process and are creating fascinating work.

10450822_10204414190769648_8628135096757670951_nView of the studio complex.

This is the VCCA.

1456032_10204422303852470_7667552732980192431_nPrivate path amid the private gardens of the VCCA.

I hope to return one day.

10410381_10204355577304348_1501736789349946766_nThe famed VCCA cows. Their grazing field was across from the studio complex.

Wordless Wednesday: Green-wood Obelisks

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 in news & muse, the world around me, Wordless Wednesday

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Photographed late last year at Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn using the Hipstamatic tintype app.