Monday, January 25, 2010

Animals of routine

About five months ago, I was cooling down from a run on the treadmill, trying to keep my energy up, and I began clapping to a song playing on my iPod. To my surprise and amusement, our Siberian Husky, Tripp, howled along with my clapping. I thought it might be a one-time thing, so I rushed into my office, used my computer's built-in camera to capture the video, and posted it as a blog entry.

Well, it wasn't a one-time thing, far from it. All I have to do is clap, and Tripp sings along. He can be camera shy about it, but my partner caught him on video yesterday.

I climb on the treadmill 4 or 5 times a week, and now Tripp lies right beside me for 20 minutes while I run, waiting for his cue. I wear earplugs, so he can't hear the music, but now I make a point to clap to the beat during cool-down.

As this video shows, Tasia sometimes joins in. Sweet Tasia only howls because Tripp does, but Tripp clearly interacts with me. He often stares right at me, and I can see his tongue doing different things as he tests new sounds. He matches the intensity of his singing to the intensity of my clapping.

After my treadmill dismount, Tripp comes for his reward: a full-body rubdown, starting at his head. He arches his back, tail curved over it, every time. Tripp and I are both animals of routine, and the cool-down and rubdown are by far the best part of my runs. I'm glad he enjoys them too.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Interviewed by a mystery writer

Mystery writer Susan Whitfield interviewed me about my novels, what goes in them, and writing techniques. She asked some great questions. I'll let you judge my answers for yourself. Check out her blog for other great interviews too. CLICK HERE to read my interview.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Struck strikes with a Writer's Chatroom review

A new Struck review is posted over at The Writer's Chatroom book review blog. It was written by staff member and talented author Lisa Hazelton. 
Using descriptive and well-crafted prose, the author brings the reader back in time with an engaging look into the history of the Pueblo Indians. With touches of paranormal and the overall sense that this could actually happen, the reader is left without a choice but to turn the page and continue reading. The story contains elements of horror, romance, and mystery. The title is literal, but also a metaphoric theme woven through each character.
Read the full review at Check out the other book reviews while you're there. It's a good resource for readers, just like The Writer's Chatroom ( is a good resource for writers.

Thursday, January 07, 2010


I've been embossed.
It didn't hurt as much as I thought it would.