Friday, August 26, 2016

Back to School

     At the high school where I teach, about 1% of the students and 7% of the faculty are reading Gar. Do we assign too much homework, or are adults really the backbone of the YA market? No conclusions can be drawn from this limited data set.

If you hear someone shouting in the halls, "Hey, kids! Forget about your homework. Read Gar!" It wasn't me. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016


Gar, the first book in my YA science fiction trilogy is now available! 

For fifteen years, Gar lived in a river outside the town of Ada, South Carolina. He can morph into any creature, but he doesn’t know what he’s doing on Earth.

Then he befriends Nell and Simon Baker and with their help, learns to fit into the human world. But soon eerie, inexplicable things start happening in Ada.

Inside an old lunchbox, Gar discovers detailed notes that may offer a clue to what is going on. He and his two friends track down the writer, Ben McIntyre. Ben has insights into a strange meteor strike that just might explain Gar’s existence.

As the young people work to understand the otherworldly happenings in Ada, two things become clear: the meteor strike wasn’t an accident, and time is running out to figure out what caused it.

If you would like to read some of Gar's backstory, take a look at excerpts from earlier drafts by clicking on the "Gar extension" label listed at the right of this post. Thank you for your support everyone. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sweeney Ridge, always cool

     San Francisco was warmer than I anticipated this summer, but the Sweeney Ridge recreation area, about twenty minutes south of the city, regularly provided the dogs and me with a cool, foggy, micro climate to hike in.

      Listen to that wind!
Eucalyptus trees as seen hiking up from the parking area.
Bow and Pete stop to look and listen. 
Clouds roll past providing a spot of sun.
More clouds near the crest.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bow behavior

In the afternoon, Bow wants to be fed. He wakes, looks for me,
locates me, and stretches. 
If I haven't immediately paid attention to him, he grabs something nearby, like a pillow, and shakes it until I say, "Bow,"
at which point he calms down and waits a little longer for dinner.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

City fauna: an inquiry

     On our daily walks, the dogs and I encounter some of San Francisco's most abundant fauna: rats and pigeons, hummingbirds and honeybees. The dogs wait patiently while I watch these animals carry out some routine task - like this honeybee foraging for passion flower nectar.
      Lately, we've also come across a number of animals who seem to have fallen out of their routine. For example, this young rat who followed us for half a block in broad daylight. 
     Or this gull we saw earlier in the week, who had lost its ability to fly and got crushed by an oncoming car. 
     These anecdotal encounters lead me to speculate about cause. Poisons? Drought? Water availability with more toxins that are also more concentrated? Who is studying these problems? If you know, please share! :)