The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Transamerica Pyramid…

I was surprised to learn that the frog fountain beside the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, is an homage to Mark Twain, who for a time was one of the “Bohemians” who spent time at the Montgomery Block building, which was previously located on this site. Others there at the time included Bret Harte, Ambrose…

Going to the library

I always find something inspiring at my local library, even if it’s not something to read. (like this Princess flower bush planted next to the parking lot.)

Patience and Fortitude

Those are the names of the two lions guarding the great New York Public Library, where I went on a recent visit back East. Patience & Fortitude; good advice for life and writing!

SF locations abound in Emerson Mysteries…

Richard “don’t call me Dick” Emerson, SF Missing Persons Detective, is on the case! Locations in Book One include: The Palace Hotel, Pied Piper Bar, Esalen and Tadich Grill. Book Two in progress! ~ Featuring scenes at Red’s Java House and The Pacific Union Club among other locations….

“Just write every day of your life…

…Read intensely. Then see what happens…”  Ray Bradbury I’ve started a daily habit of “free writing” for 30 minutes, first thing every morning. Free association, no editing, no censoring. It helps me to get ideas flowing for the day.

“So I said to him…

…what part of NO don’t you understand?” (conversation between two women, as we passed each other on the street.) Working on improving dialogue in my fiction writing. I wonder what these two dudes on the Greek vase are talking about?

Who is this woman?

Went to the Monet exhibit in San Francisco. The woman in the painting is Monet’s wife. This image is still haunting me. What’s her story?