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Who can resist chronicling their life in one form or another? I don't do daily journaling or blogging, and until I started a memoir recently, I didn't write many conventional memoir pieces. Yet, at times an incident or phase of life is so troubling or exhilarating that I must write to discover its deeper meaning. I've often carried the trials and tribulations of my life into fiction, and I've been far more interested in using dream journals to track my inner life rather than sharing realist drama. As dreams mirror our inner conflicts and triumphs, so can these absurd bits of wisdom be translated into compelling fiction (and can no doubt could be used in poetry, memoir, and creative nonfiction too).

While visiting Nairobi and Lamu Island, Kenya during the 2010 SLS Kenya and Kwani Litfest extravaganza, I opened a blog, Jellyfish Day, about "jellyfish, sundogs and sundry digressions on the writing life." I share my thoughts about the writing life, invite guest bloggers to write about their work, and occasionally interview authors and review their books.

Before I embraced blogging, most of my creative nonfiction has  revolved around describing the "real world" - my expression for the natural world - and my close encounters with wildlife during my thirty-six-year sojourn in Arizona. Between editing and fiction projects, I nurture this collection of nature essays titled Natural Soul: Meditations. I recently had the pleasure of crafting one essay and beginning another at the Silence. Awareness. Existence Residency in Haukijärvi, Finland (November 2016). 

Some eureka moments have illuminated my life in recent months, and I started to write a memoir, something I never dreamed of writing. I've tackled a rough chapter outline, an intro, and a first chapter. I'm taking the rest slowly, with no plans to rush through the project and complete it any time soon. Writing a fine-tuned recipe that needs some slow simmering to bring out the best.

 
Because I've devoted much of the past decade-and-a-half studying and practicing the craft of fiction, my body of published nonfiction is modest and includes two middle-grade history books : The National Mall and Lewis and Clark: Exploring the American West (Enslow, Inc., 2005 & 2010).
 
My most recent published essay, "Writing the Fantastic: A Dreamer's POV", appears at Reading.the.Fantastic, August 2016.
 


 
 
 

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Nonfiction Publications 

NEW!
A DREAMER'S POV
R e a d i n g . t h e . F a n t a s t i c, August 2016.


::: GILA ANGEL

Writing the Whirlwind

Issue 4, Spring 2013.

  

::: CROWING ABOUT RAVENS

Raven Chronicles

"Family Corvidae"

Vol.15, No. 2, 2011. 

::: LEWIS AND CLARK

Exploring the American West

Enslow Publishing, 2010.  

 

::: The airstrip that wouldn't fly . . .

Read It Here News

Print & Online, 2007.  

 

::: INSIDE THE COVER BOOK REVIEW

Absolute Write, February 2005. 

Listen To Me: Writing Life Into Meaning by Lynn Lauber  

 

::: THE NATIONAL MALL

A MyReportLinks Book

Enslow Publishing, 2005. 

 

::: NATURAL SOUL

Drexel Online Journal

Drexel University, Summer 2004.

Reprinted on Storyhouse, 2005. 

 

::: JAVELINA SUNRISE

Least Loved Beasts of the Really Wild West

Terrill Shorb & Eve Schoeneker-Shorb. 

Native West Press, 1997.

Reprinted in Travelers' Tales,

December 2003.

My first anthology publication
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Native West Press, 1997

My first book
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Enslow Publishing, Inc., 2005

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Enslow Publishing, 2010

 

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Reading the Fantastic
 
 
 

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