It’s Mardi Gras, Baby!

on February 28, 2022

In celebration of Mardi Gras—and the very happy fact that it’s being celebrated in New Orleans this year—I’m sharing some of my favorite vintage Mardi Gras images. And I’m also sharing one of my favorite blog posts: Your Guide to Mardi Gras, circa 1889. Enjoy!                    … Read More

Happy Valentine’s Day!

on February 14, 2022

I’m celebrating with some vintage postcards, courtesy of the Newberry Library. How about you?

Promotion and the Single Author

on January 19, 2022

No author anywhere, anytime, with any novel, short story, comic book, or anything they ever wrote ever said, “I can’t wait to promote this!” So says me. I’ve got a new Paper Lantern Writers blog up today. Stop by to read more about Promotion Loves Company. And yes! A photo of the The Women, because… Read More

Happy New Year 2022!

on December 31, 2021

In keeping with my love of vintage postcards, here’s a New Year’s celebration for you. Hold on to your historic hats, because there’s a lot of New Years cheer coming, all courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collections:        

A Writer’s Desk

on November 15, 2021

If you’ve made it here from the SHINE Facebook Group, WELCOME! You not only get a view of my desk (actually a dining table from Pottery Barn), but you get to see my late, great, beloved Belgian Sheepdog Traveller. He was not always an under-the-table kind of dog, but as he got older, he liked… Read More

1919 Lingerie, Anyone?

on November 2, 2021

Not for nothing (another way of saying “My Work-in-Progress takes place in 1919 San Francisco”, I’ve done a lot of research about WWI-ish American women’s lingerie. To keep my research together, I’m collecting together some of these newspaper advertisements today. First, I like to know how much everything costs. Don’t you?   And then, I… Read More

Paper Lantern Writer’s Potential Member Open House – Nov 10th

on November 1, 2021

We’re looking for a few great historical fiction authors (published or pre-published) to join our Paper Lantern Writers author co-op. We read, we write, we jointly promote our historical fiction. Here’s how to register for our Weds Nov 10th Open House: More about us at

Happy Halloween!

on October 31, 2021

Celebrating Halloween with some vintage postcards via the New York Public Library!                                  

What was that ghost thinking?

on October 28, 2021

That’s what I wanted to know when I wrote my ghost story Mr. Borden Does Not Quite Remem… Mr. Borden, of course, being the father of Lizzie. Just in time for Halloween weekend, here’s Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast rendition of my story.  Enjoy!