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Barkis lying low

Barkis lying low

smells like summer

smells like summer

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We never go anywhere in the summer. Not because we’re lame (though we might be) but  because there is nowhere–repeat–nowhere nicer than the Pacific Northwest in summer.

Particularly right here–I have a beach outside my door, parties and barbecues to attend, books to read, friends to see, boating to be done. Summer is here at last.

Post a comment! Where do you love to spend the summer?

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Barkis v. the Crab of Doom. See more photos here

Put up yer dukes! Take that! Aaaannnd...THAT!

Put up yer dukes! Take that! Aaaannnd...THAT!

Today’s drawing is for a copy of the book of the moment, and a beautiful tin of relaxing herbal tea. To enter, just post your favorite relaxing beverage in Comments. I’m curious to see what we all like to drink (besides the obvious). Congrats to the winner of Saving Juliet! Marjorie’s name was selected by I’m guessing she will love this funny, funny book.

Here’s a magazine article about this fun, retro beach house I live in. Rebecca Teagarden is a fantastic writer and editor. Photographer Mike Siegel took some beautiful shots–slide show here.

rat pack decor in the bedroom

rat pack decor in the bedroom

a day at the beach

a day at the beach

I had a big editing job on an upcoming reissued historical novel, so we headed for the coast so I could work on it. Oh, and play hooky. Most people think Long Beach is in Southern California, but Washingston state has its very own. It’s deserted in winter. All the better for beach walks…and RUNS.

…to bring you a rainbow. My friend Tim wrote a beautiful post about midwinter and S.A.D., so I put a link to this in his comments:

after the rain

and a sunset…

30 in January

4:30 in January

Talk about your instant gratification. Go here:, click Browse, select the photo, then click “Drop It!” and the photo goes right up.

Here’s an example: 

And here’s one of a baby sea lion on my beach. I used Piccdrop to insert it here, with right-click, copy, paste:

 Hurry! Go to Piccdrop and upload a photo! Paste the URL in the Comments section below.

Mount Rainier - October morning

Mount Rainier - October morning

It’s worth getting up for! Please enjoy today’s sunrise. I’ll post more workshop notes after I’ve had my coffee.

(tiny photographic detour from the writing workshop notes)

I didn’t even get out of bed to take this shot. I have the best view!



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June 2023