In May 2012, Travvy earned his ARCHX title in APDT Rally. In November he finished his Level 3 title. In February 2013 he finished his Level IV title in Cyber Rally-O. A big deal for an Alaskan malamute with a novice handler!
"And Will Rise?"
One of my best-ever essays appears in Trivia 10.
In mid-December 2010, I spent a week in Norway. More about my trip in the Bloggery, Dec. 7 through 17.
Come into my website, said the spider to the fly?
I'm a freelance editor by trade. If you're looking for a capable editor, copyeditor, proofreader, writing coach, or all-round bully to help you start, finish, or polish your project, check out the Editing page. Use the Contact page to send me an e-mail.
For an idiosyncratic take on the place I call home, visit the Martha's Vineyard tourists and summer people rarely see. I also blog about my year-round island life in From the Seasonally Occupied Territories. Come visit!
For lots more info about my first (and so far only) novel, The Mud of the Place, click the link on your left. You can order it from Amazon.com or from me (use the Contact form). Before 2013 gets too much older, Mud will be available as an e-book.
Many of my favorite essays from the 1980s and '90s, not to mention the '00s, can now be found under Essays & Articles. For biographical info, see About Susanna and A Writer's Resume.
Rhodry Malamutt -- who inspired Pixel, the canine sidekick of one of Mud's protagonists -- died in February 2008. He taught me that life is better when you have a dog to share it with, so Fellow Traveller moved in as a small puppy. You can follow our adventures, with plenty of photos, on his page.
You can find both Travvy and me on Facebook.
Writing-wise, I've got two projects in play. Novel #2, The Squatters' Speakeasy, takes place about a decade after The Mud of the Place and involves some of the same characters. It concerns a disorganized gaggle of Vineyard musicians, iconoclasts, misfits, and weirdos who take over a trophy house and turn it into a coffeehouse. The other one is a personal/political memoir, To Be Rather Than to Seem: A Writer's Education.
Now a house that is built upon sand has a view of the waters,
And a rich man sits feasting his eyes on their power and might.
But El Nino remembers the poor, and their sons and their daughters,
And the waters reclaim what is theirs in the dark of the night.
Bob Franke, "El Niño"
rev. 22 February 2013