Hinckley Reservoir Inspires Adirondack Lake Dogs Essay in Love Always Wags Its Tail

"Hinckley Reservoir on a sunny August day"

Hinckley Reservoir was my summer inspiration for a series of blog posts I wrote about the lake dogs which morphed into "Adirondack Lake Dogs," one of the essays in my book, Love Always Wags Its Tail. This August would have marked our 11th year at Hinckley.  Sadly, it's not to be. The family that owns the cottage we always rented for the first week in August decided to rent it out for a full year rather than relying on one and two week rentals during the summer season. Can't say I blame them.  … [Read more...]

Love Always Wags Its Tail Has A Pinterest Board!

"Love Always Wags Its Tail ebook cover"

This morning I started a board over on Pinterest for a behind-the-scene look at some of the places that I write about in Love Always Wags Its Tail.  I remember, my brother telling me that the only photograph that my book needed was a professional photograph for the cover of a dog that was going to be the universal symbol for all dogs; that if my writing was strong, it should stand on its own; finally, if I insisted on using photos throughout the book, they all needed to be taken by a … [Read more...]

Elizabeth Berg on Writing And What I Think About That

"Elizabeth Berg and Kathy H Porter, books

If a picture's still worth a thousand words, I should be able to post this, my carefully assembled still life, and leave the rest of this post up to you. Seems like a fair proposition.  You could easily figure it out or come up with something entirely different from what I planned to write. Three different colored composition notebooks, all brand new; two published books: one written by an established author, Elizabeth Berg, called Escaping into the Open, The Art of Writing True, … [Read more...]

Yes, ma’am. I Am An Author!

":Love Always Wags Its Tail"

Years ago, when I was taking poetry writing workshops, rubbing shoulders with poets and writers, other graduate students and wanna-be authors, one very wise woman explained to me that there is a confidence that settles itself like a warm blanket around the shoulders of someone who has just published that first book.  She might have left out the part about the "warm blanket" but she was spot on about the confidence.  It crackles like electricity, shoots from the soles of your feet to burst like … [Read more...]

Love Always Wags Its Tail

"Love Always Wags Its Tail ebook cover"

  Love Always Wags Its Tail - The Dogs That Changed My Life! AMAZON BEST SELLER! Five days after its Dec 21, 2012 publishing date, my book reached the number one spot on Amazon's Best Seller list in its category. :  a collection of 12 narrative essays about the dogs that shared my life and what they taught me. Learn from this colorful cast of canine characters. Here are just five that you will read about: Kelly, an Irish retriever mixed breed that lives to run Nathan, a scrappy … [Read more...]