It’s Alive!

Monkey business from Xina Marie Uhl.

Xina Marie Uhl

Yes, I am resurrecting my blog from the dead. Lazarus, come forth! I am not so sure about this header photo, but it is a bit quirky and has books on it. Plus it gives the illusion that I look like the woman on the bed, which I most assuredly do not.

I have decided to change the focus of my blog from an unfocused mishmash of travel posts and writing/marketing ideas to something near and dear to my writer’s heart:


Ah, research. I could spend my life on you if I had all the time in the world. Now, on the face of things you might be saying, “How boring!” But, my friend, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Case in point being this article from the June 15, 1908 edition of Perth, Australia’s The Daily News:


Now don’t tell me that rampaging monkeys released by…

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Writers in the sun.

All of you who live in the northern U.S., Canada, or other frozen climes, read no further. I spend six months of the year, every year, in Mexico, so I was delighted to discover a writers’ group only a ten-minute drive from my house. Amazingly, because this is a small town, there are about fifteen of us, with a wide range of experience in the writing field, including two editors. We meet once a week in the air conditioned VIP lounge of the Marina and sit in comfortable armchairs or sofas. Our view through the bougainvillea-framed windows is of the boats – from little fishing craft and floating palaces. Could anything be more perfect? I am in heaven.