Saturday, March 29, 2014

Me and my Pookie

Today we drove to the south end of the island. Tristam took this picture at a little Indian restaurant by the beach. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


My editor suggested that I start keeping a journal here. She thinks that something will come of it- a book in the future. So in the morning, I do some sketching, some writing- not all of it about Mauritius and our experiences here- some of it about another book I am writing (which I am SUPER excited about). 

You what is so interesting about the topics for these books? They seem to find me. My last book -STAR STUFF: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos- (available in November- I will be plugging this labor of love for a long time, so get used to it :) ) started tapping me in the shoulder when I was took until just over 2 years ago for me to have the skill set and to see a need/opportunity to create it.  The next book has a similar pattern- I got my little tap on the shoulder when I was a kid too and the tapping has not let up. Now that we have gotten to Mauritius the tap has turned into a rather insistent, "you need to write about this." 

I've always been a little mystified abut writers' assertions that the characters of novels, for example, come into their lives. As they write the narratives, the events seem to surprise the writers- I am now having this happen to me... funny. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive.

                                            -Elenore Roosevelt

Bill Nye: I Took Astronomy From Carl Sagan

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos- Advanced Reader Copies!

Here they are! Sitting on my editor's desk in Manhattan, ready to go out to reviewers, book buyers and some special Carl Sagan fans. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

San Luis Obispo California Travel: "Roads to Romance"1949 Chevrolet

A time capsule from 65 years ago of our little neck of the woods- the opening sequence seems to show where our neighborhood is just off the 101.

COSMOS Introduced by President Barak Obama

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Date Night

The sky last night was even more over the top gorgeous than this little image can convey

These little holes are the homes of crabs on the beach- tiny ones. 

The pattern of the waves on the beach

Fred took a picture of me taking it all in. 

Afterwards we went to a French restaurant and had a really lovely dinner. There was a saxophonist and the most charming woman singing jazz standards in French.  

It was the first night in many weeks that we truly relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. i finished another Princess Posey book last week, started another one and am working on my next biography (another surprise subject- another fascinating and impactful person- SO excited about!!)

Wednesday, March 05, 2014


It's my fault. I started to feed them bread when I was having breakfast outside in the morning- and now...

Bikram Yoga SLO

Missing my yoga friends in SLO- so happy to see this!