For some reason, writers can’t seem to get together without calling it a con. I guess so we can write it off. Tonight, Ken Scholes invited a slew of writers down to the Barley Mill Pub to meet Aimee Amodio, who is every bit as funny and delightful as Ken promised. So nice when a …

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The Old-Fashioned Girl

I’m cleaning out my bookshelves and finding that there are books to which I’m no longer attached, so those are going in “away” pile. But there are also books, which I love, that are in terrible shape. I have a copy of Louisa May Alcott’s The Old-Fashioned Girl (long one of my favorites) which is …

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Party Lite

Normally, I have a formal dinner party for Christmas every year and this year it was scheduled for Sunday the sixteenth. You know. The day after Rob got back from Iceland. Why would I do something like that? Because, our friend Jodi was in town and leaving on the 17th, which meant that the only …

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Safely to NYC. Dinner with friends. Horribly, horribly jetlagged. Getting up to catch plane in three hours. Why am I online? So my parents don’t think I’m dead.

Leaving Iceland

I’m getting on the 5:00 flight this evening to head back to the States. I’m quite melancholy about this and again find myself reluctant to go. The good news is that I have an overnight layover in New York City. I’m getting together with friends around 9:30 or 10:00 tonight. We’re still sorting out the …

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I invited a group of friends over last night to let people know I was back in Portland. It was nice to see everyone, but it was a little strange to set up for the party. I went to the grocery store and could read everything without having to think about it. I’m also out …

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World Fantasy wrap up

Well. I got home around 1:30 am. My flight was delayed out of Austin and I just barely caught the connecting flight. Alas, my luggage did not. The wait for the flight to take off would have been worse had I not had a lovely conversation with Sally Harding. The weekend is a complete blur, …

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Disaster! (almost)

I’ve been having trouble with my internet in the room and complained multiple times to the hotel. They sent their engineer up–who announced as he came into the room, “I’m not particularly computer savvy.” Oh, how true that was. He poked at buttons on the computer and said, “I’ll have to close these windows,” and …

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Light dinner

We had folks over for dinner after production today. It was just a light meal with conversation. I made a Roasted Cauliflower soup, which I love because it’s easy and you can do other things while it’s becoming tasty I also made Mixed greens with feta, pinenuts and blueberries for the first time. Again, a …

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Dinner for eight

Sarah, Jonathan, Emily, Jodi, Sam and their friend Amelia came for dinner tonight. It was so nice to do some serious cooking, which I haven’t done enough of lately. Menu Cabbage and Apple Soup Orange, Cranberry and Spice Walnuts on a bed of Spinach Mushroom Risotto served with Sesame Broccolli Daim Icecream

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