A Monstrous Pest Problem in My Fruity Garden

After a few false starts, spring is truly getting underway now in Portland -- actually, it seems we've skipped over spring altogether and launched right into summer! Regardless, winter's well over and that means my garden turning into a jungle. Unfortunately, I'm also dealing with a certain stripey pest problem... Classified in scientific terms as … Continue reading A Monstrous Pest Problem in My Fruity Garden

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The Beastie-Filled Signs of Spring

After the late season snow and freezing temperatures that plagued Portland last month, Mother Nature is putting down her foot and giving Old Man Winter the boot (girl power!). That's right, the signs of spring are finally upon us. For some people that means hay fever, for others it means breaking out the spring fashions, … Continue reading The Beastie-Filled Signs of Spring

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Finn McSpool Gallops Into a New Role

As I announced on Wednesday, it’s book release time again and that means the Beasties are offering up a little bit of congratulations once again!! Okay, I’d like to believe Tammie and David Beastie are doing this because they’re eager to support my efforts as an indie writer, but I think it’s more about them … Continue reading Finn McSpool Gallops Into a New Role

A Monstrous Christmas at Pittock Mansion (aka ‘The Solonian Palace’)

That's right, Finn McSpool is back and he's not only ready to show off some local holiday cheer, but also the building that inspired my favorite location from my fantasy world of Osteria: Portland's Pittock Mansion (aka "the Solonian Palace"). I went hunting through my old blog posts, certain that I had covered Pittock Mansion … Continue reading A Monstrous Christmas at Pittock Mansion (aka ‘The Solonian Palace’)

Writing News: I’m Dancing the Jig of Joy!!!

With another heat wave hovering over us, we’re sweltering here in Portland, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been getting plenty of exercise…namely in the form of Happy Dancing (hopefully no neighbors have been peeking in the windows!). And the reason for this jig of joy? Well..... Last Saturday at about 5:25 p.m. I finished a major … Continue reading Writing News: I’m Dancing the Jig of Joy!!!