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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 meaning.

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 essays 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, 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.

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 online, outside my occasional blog posts, is "Writing the Fantastic: A Dreamer's POV" at Reading.the.Fantastic, August 2016.
 

Nonfiction Publications 

Book Reviews by Kate Robinson
2019-Present
 
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

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
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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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