Welcome to my blog CreaLivity!

Here I share my personal musings on the art of practicing a creative lifestyle. I encourage you to comment and join in the conversation about your own experiences finding and following your creative path.

Gratitude on The Black Velvet Coat’s 1st Anniversary!

I can’t believe The Black Velvet Coat was launched a year ago. It has been one filled with fun, magic and plenty of surprises. Below I've provided a few photos to prove it. I have so many reasons to be grateful and here are ten of them: 1. I had over 35 events...

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The Deer

My poem was just published in The Weekly Avocet , A Nature Journal #195! Deer I saw six this morning as they crossed the meadow under the oaks to browse on fresh grass. Pair of baby bucks practiced sparring, their twig-like antlers, twisted together back & forth...

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3 Ways My Novel Came To Me

All writers have their own paths to coming up with ideas for their books. Reflecting back on my experiences crafting The Black Velvet Coat I realize there were three separate passageways to receiving inspirations for my novel. Here I describe those ways with just a...

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It’s a Bestseller!

The summer might be hot, but I'm very happy! The Black Velvet Coat is a #1 bestseller and it wouldn't have happened without you! I am so grateful to you for reading my novel, telling friends about it, writing reviews, attending and hosting book events for me, liking...

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Cool Summer Announcement!

I'm pleased to announce that The Black Velvet Coat is on sale now for $0.99 on all digital formats, including Kindle, Apple iBooks and Kobo. If you have friends who live in the UK, Canada, Australia or even India they too can get in on the deal.   If you know someone...

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The Gray Fox

Here is a poem inspired by a surprise visitor to the J & J Ranch. We only saw him once, but hope he'll come again sometime soon. The Gray Fox We think we’ve met them all, those local inhabitants: squirrels, rabbits, deer, coyote. Every once in awhile though...

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Why Hitchcock Movies Influenced The Black Velvet Coat

I am a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan. His complex characters, intriguing settings and suspenseful scenes have kept me rapt for decades. In eighth grade I read Daphne Du Maurier’s novel Rebecca, viewed the film and got hooked. One of my high school friends owned a...

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A Spring Symphony

I am inspired by the Spring when gardens explode to life with color! Here is one of my April poems recently published in The Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry, Spring 2016 Issue. I've also included corresponding photos from my own backyard. Can you identify the plant...

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Why Art Influenced The Black Velvet Coat and Visa Versa

Years ago I enrolled in a collage class through the Anthenaeum. The instructor told us our work for that semester needed to be text-based. I was really stumped, but then realized I was writing and had lots and lots of text to choose from. Searching through my drafts I...

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5 Types of Love that Inspire My Writing

On Valentine's Day I was honored to be the speaker at the Second Sunday Author Series at the Women's Museum of California, co-sponsored by San Diego Writers,Ink. Thank you Judy Reeves for the invitation. Since it was Valentine's Day I shared how different kinds of...

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