Guest Post: Sunday Sojourn, “The Mission”

Here's a guest post that I did for historical fiction author Jennifer C. Wilson's blog for her Sunday Sojourn series about San Francisco's Mission District, or, as it's commonly known, "the Mission", a location that figures heavily in some of my fiction. Sunday Soujorn: The Mission

Three Barriers to Sincerity

              Aldous Huxley (left) and Andre Gide – two writers very much concerned with literary sincerity. Photo Credit: Painted portrait of Aldous Huxley, 2011, from the Abode of Chaos Contemporary Art Museum, France: Abode of Chaos/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 Photo Credit: Andre Gide at Jersey, Theo Van Rysselberghe, 1907, oil … Continue reading Three Barriers to Sincerity


  Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland is filled with personification, most of it involving animals. Above are a few examples. Photo Credit: Original illustration of White Rabbit by John Tenniel from Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865: Mturtle/Wikimedia Commons/PD Art (PD Old 100) Photo Credit: Original illustration of the Fish Footman and the … Continue reading Personification

Matchless Storytelling

 Photo Credit: Sheherazade and Sultan Schariar, Ferdinand Keller, 1880, oil on canvas, Sotheby’s, London. Scheherazade is the symbol of the ultimate story teller because she knew that telling a good story and keeping her listener in suspense had the power of saving her life. Botaurus/Wikimedia Commons/PD Old 80 1923 “ ‘Let the dedicated activist never … Continue reading Matchless Storytelling

Powerful Medicine

Photo Credit: Healing faery and male elephant seal, painting, Middle Path Café, Northern Lights Boulevard, Anchorage, Alaska, taken January 22, 2013: Wonderlane/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 “Story is powerful medicine.” (Craft, par. 3) I came across the article “Healing Through Writing” by Kathryn Craft not, I think, by accident. The idea that all art heals has been … Continue reading Powerful Medicine