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My Amp
Music

My Amp

Purchased in 1983, during my senior year in high school, the Roland Cube Chorus 60 was both my practice and performing amp for the next ten years. It’s a 60 watt amplifier with a very nice solid-state overdrive, a three-spring reverb tank, and a sweet chorus effect made famous by the earlier JC-120. It is a … Continue reading

My Guitar
Music

My Guitar

I got my guitar out for the first time in years. It’s a 1984 Ibanez Roadstar II—like the one on the right, but with a few dings after thirty years. I bought it the summer after I graduated from high school with all the money I had saved working a miserable retail job in the … Continue reading

Sneak Peek
Fiction

Sneak Peek

In a few days, I’ll be revealing my in-progress chapter book series to the world. In the meantime, consider this photo as a teaser. This jacket, combined with an iconic hat we bought last October, gives the protagonist her distinctive and immediately recognizable “look.” Like Anna, she’s a young girl (seven in the first book) and … Continue reading

Eight Terrible Titles
Writing

Eight Terrible Titles

There’s a fun hashtag going around Twitter called #8TerribleTitles. It’s an invitation to an ongoing blog hop where writers take eight random phrases from their manuscript and turn them into terrible titles for hypothetical books. My colleague Kiersi Burkhart and her fellow Sweet Sixteens writers jumped into the fun last week and now I’m crashing … Continue reading