Floating on the St. Croix River


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Minnesota is known for its rivers, particularly the Mississippi, which starts here in an idyllic park way up north. But closer to the twin cities we have the officially wild and scenic St. Croix River.  The other day I took … Continue reading

Dragon Boats on Lake Phalen, St. Paul


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Time for a local interlude between my Caribbean posts. The twin cities Dragon Boat Festival was this last weekend on Lake Phalen in St. Paul, a pan-Asian celebration involving lots of dancers, lots of food, and dragon boat races. Brought … Continue reading

Advice on submitting to literary magazines


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Specific advice on submitting to literary magazines is hard to come by on the internet, perhaps because most are focused on publishing book-length fiction. But I found this author’s blog helpful in a general sense to orienting oneself to the … Continue reading

Summer flowers on a rainy day


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It poured here in the Twin Cities today, and it was that kind of rain that you know comes out of an invisible spray nozzle, pointed straight at your face. A good time to visit the Como Park Zoo and … Continue reading

Leafy Summer in Minnesota


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Taking a break from posting my Caribbean pictures to update you all on the current situation here in Minnesota. It appears that summer is actually here, and is actually quite pleasant, and all reports are that this sort of thing … Continue reading

A Walk in the Big Woods to Hidden Falls


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Spent some time recharging my creative juices in one of Minnesota’s many state parks last weekend.  Big Woods State Park is a fragment of the original Eastern Broadleaf Forest that once covered over 3,000 square miles in the southern third … Continue reading

Aaaah, sweet relief…and then comes the wind


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I’ve been sweating through a semester-long class and now that it’s over, I feel like I’ve been let out of the fields and allowed a glass of lemonade.  The blog has taken a backseat to the work, unfortunately. But here … Continue reading

Muskrat Butt


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Muskrats are common in the Upper Midwest, and here in Minnesota every pond or lake has at least one. As suburbs spill further and further into pristine territory, human beings are increasingly finding themselves coexisting with these creatures. Roughly the … Continue reading

Wolf


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Last spring I stopped by the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota. Ely is a remote outfitter town on the edge of the even more remote Boundary Waters Wilderness  Area, and the Wolf Center is a sparkling newish facility where … Continue reading

Villains


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Now that I’ve mapped the heck out of my novel-in-progress, I’m settling back to the writing itself. And I’m considering my darkest character, and how to flesh her out. The term “villain” is sometimes one we shy away from when … Continue reading

Flashback to Summer


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Winter roars on in the colder climes of the world, and so a reminder of summer is in order. The holidays have been unbelievably hectic here in the Northern Word House, so consider this our belated holiday card, with seasonally … Continue reading