To see a World
in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven
in a Wildflower
Hold Infinity
in the palm of your hand
And Eternity
in an hour...

A Writer's Life on the Move


After moving 19 times to different states and countries, I've seen a bit of the world, heard different dialects and languages, experienced religious and cultural occasions, tasted many kinds of foods, and more. One could say this has given me a lifetime of things to write about, and it has.

But there's a downside to moving so much. I pack up my laptop, my stack of notepads for my WIP novel, and my favorite books. They make the journey with me in my bag. There's the packing of 16,000 pounds of household goods, there's the unpacking of it in a new home often picked site-unseen. There's keeping track of our medical records for enrolling our children in yet another school (four in five years). There's meeting new neighbors, holding my heart together as I know one day I'll have to say goodbye to these new friends. And then, after sometimes weeks or even a month or two, when the dust settles and routines are established, then I can finally sit down with my writing and open my mind to creativity, because I feel settled.

This is why I don't blog often. It's the last thing I find time for. Even now I've been up since 4:45 a.m. to get in some writing time for my YA novel.

It's peaceful here in our new home. A river wide enough to be a lake rolls past our home. An eagle nests in an evergreen out back. I'm surrounded by windows in my writing office. I'd be content to never move again, but I know, we have only 18 months here before we pack up again. So for 18 months I'll weave this new place into my novel and my novel will continue to be a home for me, a place to return to when everything else changes around me.

Pitchwars 2017 #Pimpmybio

Me on the left. My BFF on the right who came to visit me. And one Cecropia tree full of stinging Azetca ants behind us as I worked fast to collect a soil sample. My scientist days.

Me with two of my three daughters. My writer days.

It's Pitchwars 2017, so I'm updating my  #Pimpmybio !

Thank you for taking the time to stop here and read about me and my story! 

About me. 

George Ella Lyon wrote the poem Where I'm From that has been used as a template by dozens of people who find it hard to talk about themselves. So here I am trying to tell you about me...

I am from soccer cleats,
from Cadmium Red fumes and diary keys.

I am from the suburban sprawl over pockets of Midwest corn.
   (Row after row,
      by default.)

I am from the abandoned lot of Fescue grass, the maple red-bronze and gold-green,
   that melted in between wax paper and Crayola shavings
   under my mother's iron.

I am from birthday breakfast in bed and Thunder Thighs,
from 50 Mauck Lane and south side Chicago.

I am from the story tellers and poets, from survivors who eat table crumbs after meals and
   Christmas money envelopes on the tree, from the gift to enjoy childhood and no college loans.

I'm from Crying Doesn't Help and You're Not Average.

I am from Baptist and Republican,
from Catholic and Democrat.
I'm from the space of seeking a belief, the yearning to know the truth.

I’m from Midwest statelines, apple crunch and Fresh Bread Tonight,
from the yard Grandma B. set on fire to the departing pulse of helicopter blades over my father in Vietnam fields.

I am from sheltered closets and superficial hallways,
   scratching to escape and find a corner in the world where I belonged,
   only to discover after roaming the world
   my corner is home.

About my story.

 I think I began writing this book in my head long before I lived among scorpions and tarantulas in a hut in a rainforest. It began even before I left teaching genetics and evolution to return to my first love: writing. Some time during those muddled middle-school years, my mother once said, "If I were to write a book, it'd be about what would happen if humans could no longer reproduce."

Fast forward 20+ years with three daughters of my own and a fascination with genetics and a head full of an unwritten story from that one statement from my mother--you get my book--all 80,000+ words of it.

In one sentence... This is the story of Ro and Leo, two young adults trying to survive in a world where male babies have ceased to be born and killer drones maintain societal order.

DRONESPHERE is a YA Sci-Fi story about Aurora "Ro," a shaman apprentice and destroyer of drones, who gets caught up in the world of the Earth's youngest man, LEO, the Last Embryo Offspring. Together they struggle for freedom when the elders of their island makes plans for Ro and Leo that force them to choose between risking their lives for the last generation of girls and accepting their fate in preventing the extinction of humans.

What It's Like to Work With Me.

I love critiques (giving and taking) and I'm 100% okay with getting hard feedback and I love change. (I've lived in over a dozen states and three other countries since we move every two years, so I get change.)

Away from the computer I'm shy, prefer my home and my books, but show me a bookstore and I suddenly become this other version of myself (one I kind of like better some days) where I talk to strangers about books. So if we were to ever meet, and you're wondering why I'm so quiet, it's because talking drains me of energy. Strangely and thankfully, writing gives me energy.

I guess I'm just excited to share my story with someone who wants to read it and discuss it with me. I know it needs work, but after multiple drafts I now need someone's help to push it to the next level.

Thank you! I'm looking forward to Pitchwars 2017!

Thank you Brenda Drake for putting on Pitchwars!

Thank you Lana Pattinson for the blog hop!




I'm super excited to launch a new face of my website! Since 2007 it's evolved from aimless wandering to refuge for surviving a deployment with three little children to today, a place for readers and writers to come and share ideas, ask questions and more.

So pull up with a cup of coffee and let me know what you think.

I may blog occasionally about the world, about writing, about ideas in my first novel. But mainly my site is here for you. I hope you enjoy it!

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