Published August 8, 2018
Her Widow
Today’s sunshine arrived too late for the earthworms. Numerous swollen bodies lay like fat noodles on the sidewalks.
Dear Catherine,
Sleeping …
Published July 29, 2018


The Forsythia has bloomed.
Dear Catherine,
This sunny, spring day doesn’t lift my spirits. It feels like an affront. …
Published July 23, 2018
Note to readers:  There are two letters here that are separated by a great blank space that I can’t control.  Hopefully, you will …
Published July 15, 2018

Our fights were rarely over anything serious, but a result of taking ourselves too seriously. 
I recall one time in …
Published July 8, 2018

      We gathered our courage one day and wrote your obituary. I pulled the narrow desk chair over to …
Published June 18, 2018

Great chunks of snow fall with a thud from the trees and roof. 
Dear Catherine, 
I’ve talked too much …
Published June 11, 2018
As promised, an excerpt from …

I’m Back


Where have I been since November, six months ago?  The painting above in part is the answer. When I sent my manuscript, Her Widow, off to Dog Ear Publishing, I took off my writer’s cap and put on my painter’s hat.

The painting above is a commissioned piece, oil on canvas, 4 feet by 4 feet, that I did for the apartment building where I live.  I hope to be commissioned to do a painting for each hall in the building.

I have just returned the corrected galley of Her Widow to the publisher so it won’t be too long before the book is available.

I will soon be seeking prepublication reviews and begin promoting the book, the business side of the writing life that is harder for me than the writing, but once the book is available, I will seek some readings which I enjoy.

In the meantime I will be providing excerpts from Her Widow on this blog once a week.

If you have anything you want to say about the story please feel free to send a  note to me at

I am happy to be back in touch with you. After long periods of solitude writing, it is important and a joy for me to meet readers.  I will send the first excerpt Monday.

Thank you for your interest.  Joan