Category Archives: Novel

“Solving” an Archaeological Mystery in Fiction

As I near the end of my current work-in-progress, The Clay Sustains, the third book of The Clay Series, I have arrived at the chapter wherein I will “solve” one of the greatest archaeological mysteries from the Hohokam era in … Continue reading

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The Quest for a Book Cover

Finding a designer who can do a worthy book cover is not always easy. Nor is it cheap. Generally, your options are to find a good cover designer to personally work with or to look for an online designer at one of many cover design sites. I chose to work with 99designs.com. Continue reading

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Time-Travel

Not long ago, I went looking for a thank you card in the cabinet over my computer where I saw notebooks and journals standing on their edges on the right side along with several greeting cards. I hadn’t looked at … Continue reading

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The “Hemingway App”–an Interesting Exercise

I recently ran across the Hemingway App, an app designed to make you write “bold and clear,” in the manner of Ernest Hemingway, whose prose was spare and stripped of fluff.

I copied a piece of my entry from October 10, “I Wasn’t Expecting It,” to see what it might tell me about my writing. This particular entry was initiated by a prompt given by my journal writing group, so I had little thought about where it might one day lead. I may return to it sometime to see what follows. Continue reading

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The Clay Remembers (Prologue)

For the “someday” novel: After her marriage ends, archaeologist Anna Robinson takes a job excavating the site of both a prehistoric culture and a nineteenth century ranch where her life intertwines with the lives of two women who lived at … Continue reading

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Pueblo Viejo–The Rest of the Chapter

After covering the babe with a thin layer of dirt, she dragged rocks from the old wall to protect him from the coyotes that would come in the night. Saying a final prayer, she made the sign and struggled to her feet. Her knees almost gave way, but she managed to stand up. She looked up to where the Indian had been, knowing what must come next, but he was gone.
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Pueblo Viejo (an excerpt)

Esperanza, who lives on a desolate ridge near Tucson during Territorial days, loses her baby and buries him near the ancient walls of Pueblo Viejo. Continue reading

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