Book Candles. Editing. Fun.

Write a book. Now, go back and re-read the book  few years later. Edit your book while swilling coffee, ordering book candles, and bathing in the horror that you actually wrote that and thought, "Damn. This is art." This is my current place in life. I finished a novel last week…

Cats make me weird(er).

We have somewhere between five and seventy cats. I don't know the exact number, but it seems to fluctuate based on things like "holding a can of tuna" and "trying to write a book while using a laptop". Outwardly, I appear to be a dog person. We have five dogs.…

Who do you think you are?

Do you know who you are? What's your genealogy? Who are your people? Where did your family originate? Do you know, or do you think you know? I write books and teach history, which is either a blessing or a curse depending on your perspective. In the case of writing, it's…

Being Royal Is a Headache

It's hard to be royal. Being a queen means not belonging to yourself, I think. After studying royalty for years, I've come to the conclusion that it's a job one should consider carefully before taking the crown. Crowns are heavy, and they have a way of leaving the body with…

Pushups are the Devil

I'm on this stupid health and exercise kick, and it means giving up things like pie and cake for a while. As a man of a certain age, I have certain fears, which include (but are not limited to): Pleated khakis. Losing my hair. Belly. A larger belly. Chewing food like…

Virginia. So Much More Than Ham.

I'll be in one of my favorite cities next week, Roanoke, Virginia. I'm speaking at the Roanoke Regional Writer's Conference. It's on the beautiful campus of Hollins University. I've said it before, but it's worth repeating: Virginia is incredible. It's just so American, and Roanoke is a shining example of a…

I made Taylor Swift cry.

In a good way, and in a dream. I'll explain. Last night I dreamed she read one of my books (Heartborn), posted a video of herself crying about how it made her feel, and several things happened: The book became a sensation. It was made into a show on the…

St. Olaf and the Golden Girls

I may have mentioned I married a Norwegian Lutheran, who comes from a family filled with other Norwegian Lutherans. Upon meeting my mother-in-law to be, she mentioned that she graduated from St. Olaf with a degree in home Economics. Until that moment, I thought St. Olaf was a creation within…
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