Who can resist chronicling their life in one form or another? We all have a unique perspective to share with the world.
At times an incident or phase of life is so troubling or exhilarating that we must write to discover its deeper
I've sometimes carried the trials
and tribulations of my life into fiction, far more interested in using my 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 be used in poetry, memoir, and creative nonfiction
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, occasionally interview
authors and review their books, and market Tootie-Do Press publications.
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). My amateur photography concentrates on the natural
world and I post on @katerwriter on Instagram.
I've recently had some eureka moments that illuminated questions I've had about my childhood.
This spurred greater interest in memoir, a project I never considered until I reached my sixties. I've tackled ongoing
notes, a rough chapter outline, an intro, and a first chapter. I'm taking the rest slowly, with no plans
to rush through the project or complete it any time soon. Writing for me is like preparing a dish from a finely-tuned
recipe that needs slow simmering to bring out the best flavors.
Book Reviews by Kate Robinson
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
::: CROWING ABOUT RAVENS
Raven Chronicles "Family Corvidae"
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
Listen To Me by Lynn Lauber
Review by Kate Robinson
Absolute Write, 2005.
::: 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, 2003.
|My first anthology publication
|Native West Press, 1997
|My first book
|Enslow Publishing, Inc., 2005
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