Things About Me


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I was born and raised at the center of the Sunshine State and lived to tell the tale. Then I high-tailed it out of there. I earned my BA and MA. I joined the Peace Corps. I married, had a kiddo, and adopted too many dogs. (Kidding! There’s no such thing as too many dogs.) A few years ago, I learned I had cancer, but for the moment I’m NED (no evidence of disease) and I’m glad to be here.

I write, make art, teach, and fail at work-life balance. (Please pour me another cup of coffee black as midnight on a moonless night.)

My first novel, The Blue Jar, is currently available on Amazon.

Stories about women and girls, impossibilities and magic, friendship and strength interest me most. Read my work and you’ll see.

I’ve had stories published in

Enchanted Conversation Magazine
The Austin Review
Flash Fiction Magazine
50 to 1
Cabinet des Fees
Your Turn (In Character)

I have several novels in the works and hope to find a new publisher soon.

I’ve been interviewed in a few places too.

Out of Context
New Literati
Seven Impossible Things before Breakfast
State: The Magazine of Indiana State University
by author Ami McKay

And my art has also been published in a few places.

Onomatopoeia Magazine
The Fairy Tale Review

Thank you for stopping by! Please read more or subscribe and don’t forget to look at the moon next time you’re out. The moon is a lovely thing.

25 thoughts on “Things About Me

  1. Okay, listen, I swore I wouldn’t post something about this in a regular comment but can’t figure out how else to do it and it’s driving me crazy…

    What, if anything, do you see happening — or WANT to happen — on the two Lake Belle blogs, vis-a-vis interaction from blog readers? I’ve been afraid to comment there, although it’s been tempting, because I don’t want to interfere with the “story line”… either by breaking the fourth wall, as they say (i.e. commenting as another writer: as a reader of the project), or by actually responding to the posts as if they were REAL people? It’s such a cool thing but also seems so fragile. If that makes any sense.

    For instance, in the current Belle Weather post, the writer expresses frustration that there’s no news. Do you want readers to sort of play along — chime in as if they were Belle inhabitants? or relatives of Belle inhabitants? That is, do you want to get comments, as it were, from within the story, even if you haven’t provided the comments yourself?

    No matter the answer, I really do like stopping in at both places to see what’s going on.

    Feel free to delete this comment, of course — I don’t know if you even want to entertain comments HERE about what’s going on THERE. 🙂

  2. JES, I’ve been thinking about your comment a lot today. Part of my problem is that I feel I haven’t figured out all that I want the other blogs to be. Dennis Cass gave me some suggestions about that in fact. I really want to spend more time on it–it does seem that that my writing has become a full-time job that I do in part-time hours and so only half of what I want gets done.

    I appreciate your reading and hope to have things better figured out soon. Or soonish.

  3. Good for you for thinking about it. Like I said, there’s a stupendous amount of potential there. As is, the In Lake Belle blog suggests almost — well, not like a Spoon River Anthology exactly… more like… uh… You familiar with Our Town? The scenes at the cemetery, where the dead are talking back and forth among themselves? That’s what In Lake Belle is like — only the participants are alive.

    (If you’d rather not invite comments, btw, you might think about turning them off in your WordPress admin pages. Bet I’m not the only one who’s visited and been tempted to role-play a new character.)

    Shortly after I joined Dennis’s Ning thing, I read his post in which he discussed “What can I [i.e., Dennis] do for you?” In that post he talked about a member who had a network of blogs (words to that effect) but wasn’t sure what to do with them. Later, when I came across your profile and first visited here, the light bulb went on over my head. I honestly do think it’s a way-cool thing to do!

    Soonish is good. 🙂

  4. Pamela

    One can never drink too much coffee! And wha’t’s life without an obsession or two. The pictures looks exactly like the old Marta I knew from ISU.

  5. Awesome! I am impressed. I came here because the link showed up on my blog, I am glad the related links feature worked to my advantage. I will be back to read more.
    Keep writing. Nothing more pleasurable. And best wishes,


  6. Jamie Nale-Copollo

    Awesome pic…I can’t believe I found you!! I have been looking for so long…I figured you’d be a writer…good job!!

  7. Thrasherthat

    it’s that wonderful blend of optimism and pessimism in your cup of martajoe that made stories about the jewelry counter at JCPenney’s hilarious and woeful.

  8. Hi, I also grew up in central Florida (Hardee County) and am a volunteer in Brazil. Like you, I am also an artist and writer. Your blog is interesting…if only there were more hours to read them all! Nice to meet you! hugs, pat

    1. Oh, you grew up south of me. I lived in Polk County. Hope you’re enjoying your work in Brazil–my time as a volunteer was awesome and maddening. Even when I was miserable I loved it.

      Are you able to make art and write now?

      Thank you for stopping by. And you’re right–there are too many blogs to ever read them all. I read what I can.

      Nice to meet you too, and good luck where you are.

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