Happy New Year!

Dear Readers,

I wish you a wonderful 2015 and hope it brings happiness and success your way!

As usual, my resolution involves writing a novel; this year, however, my goal is to finish one (by March, fingers crossed). Here’s a brief preview of what I’ve written so far:

Sweet summer wind teased pinches of earth desiccated and thirsty. Glistening rows of corn and soybeans bloomed, inching higher and higher in fields that spread from neat two-story houses nestled in the hills of northwest Missouri. When the moon began its ascent, the sultry air thinned, though temperatures hummed in the 80s. Most nights, thunder and heat lightning would punctuate the gentle pulse of cicadas, and heavy clouds would wring drops onto parched soil. On this night, thunder pealed and lightning cracked, but the rain never came.

Thank you for reading!



To a wonderful 2014!

Dear Readers,

Every year, I try to make — and keep — one (and only one) resolution. Every year, I usually give up by the summer, if not earlier. I guess life gets in the way. For 2014, though, I am determined to keep my resolution of actually completing a novel. I think I get a little closer every day to fleshing out the characters, strengthening the plot and cleaning up my writing. I’m going to put aside my desires to laze on the couch when I get home at night or veg out in front of the television, and instead, I am going to write. That’s my mantra for 2014: I AM GOING TO WRITE.

I wish you all the best in 2014, and may your resolutions make you happier!




Dear Readers,

There will be no story for the month of November. Instead of writing flash fiction or a short story, I’m focusing my efforts on NaNoWriMo (though I’m hoping to be more pleased with this year’s novel than last year’s).

As most novels are closer to 100,000 words than 50,000, which is the goal of NaNoWriMo, I may continue my break through December. Fingers crossed, however, that I’m super productive!

Have a wonderful holiday season,


Confession Time

Dear Readers,

I was going to start on a novel this year, but now it’s the end of October, and I haven’t written a single word. Oops! I blame it on television, non-fiction writing projects and just plain laziness.

I have, however, done a lot of planning and a lot of thinking…only to scrap my ideas about a week ago.

But starting tomorrow, I am writing my novel as part of NaNoWriMo. I am so excited but a little anxious and a lot scared; I’d like to say I’ve prepared a lot for this novel, but I’ve only thought about my plot and characters while I’m in the car, in the shower, eating dinner… Tomorrow, though, I am FINALLY going to get everything down on paper.

Any encouragement would be welcome! (I have a difficult time quieting my Inner Editor.)

Also, Happy Halloween!


Special Announcement!

Dear Readers,

This past June, my husband, Serkan, a photojournalist, and I were awarded a federal grant to support our documentary project, “A Shrinking Community: Vakifli, Turkey’s Last Armenian Village.”

We spent three weeks in this tiny village of 130 people taking photographs, making a few videos, conducting interviews and, really, just being a couple of journalists. The people we met were wonderful and friendly, embracing us with open arms despite our digging into their personal lives.

I am now pleased to announce that our project is available for your viewing and reading pleasure at vakifli.com. Please check it out!

Many thanks,