Rebecca’s Reflections

Cabin Dreams

Cabin Dreams

October 4, 2012:  The fourth day of my “writer retreat.”   I am staying in the log cabin my father built in the 1970s.  My brother and I were in junior high when the building began.  He’d bring us up with him on weekends to help him dream it.  One...

Chinese Takeout and Rustic Cabins

Chinese Takeout and Rustic Cabins

October 3, 2012: I am now on my third day of my writer’s retreat, or what I’m calling my writer’s retreat. I’ve come alone to the cabin my father built in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. He had intended the cabin to be a temporary shelter for the permanent house...

From the Mists of Blue Mountains

From the Mists of Blue Mountains

I had a sabbatical in 2012, an entire year released from teaching and other academic duties (such as meetings, in addition to meetings, and occasionally and often more meetings.) The year release was one I negotiated as compensation for my six-year term as Associate...

My Trixie Belden Summer

My Trixie Belden Summer

When I was a child I loved reading mystery novels. My older sisters passed along their copies of Nancy Drew and I was drawn to her sleuthing skills and bold behavior. I devoured The Secret of the Old Clock, The Secret in the Old Attic, and many others. My favorite was...

My Grotesque Year

My Grotesque Year

If I had it all to do over again, I would do it differently. Of course, I didn’t know then what I know now. I had been given the opportunity to translate Kirino Natsuo’s award-winning novel, Grotesque, and I was elated. It was the first time I’d been contracted to...

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