2014: Year In Review

This has really been a year of ups and downs. I called 2013 transformative, and it was. 2014 was… illuminating. In the spring, I had 7 paintings in a group show at Art Access Gallery called “Strong Women”; in May, I had two pieces accepted in the...

NaNoWriMo, half-way

So on Saturday I made it past 25,000 words on my NaNoWriMo effort, which is right on target — and my Songseeker story is above 33,000 words total, which is better progress than I’ve made on any story, ever. For my characters, things are about to get Very...

State of the Bird: Long Convalescence and Your Art

You just can’t avoid getting sick. It happens. But what happens to the art when you get sick? I came down with my pulmonary embolism in mid-July, just as I was waiting to hear from one gallery about whether or not they’d represent me, and waiting to hear...

State of the Bird: Bouncing Back

Lots of things percolating in my mind. 2 months (!) of convalescence have really taken their toll on me, and now… I’m trying to balance the need to Do Things with the need to take care of myself, and not do too much before I’m ready. In other words,...

Health Update

A week ago Friday I went to the ER with a pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in the lung. Since then, I have been recuperating, Very. Slowly. Let me tell you, being told I had a pulmonary embolism was SCARY – mostly because the stories I’ve heard about pulmonary...