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Hi! I'm Sally.

I write about living and writing imperfectly, in a memoir-ish, storytelling style. And I love to read, as writers do. 

I'm not perfect, but I know one thing for sure: Nobody is.


“I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say.” 
― Flannery O'Connor

What to Expect

Some Themes You'll Recognize

Learning to Trust the Process While Living and Writing Imperfectly

I write nonfiction, memoir-ish style stories that I draw from my own life with my husband and two sons on our modern-day homestead. It comes with its fair share of surprises, victories, setbacks, and lessons--many, many lessons. And it calls for a heavy dose of trust. I try to capture the more interesting (I hope you think so) moments to retell.


"Finish" is my word for the year. It reminds me to focus on doing one thing at a time. Read one book at a time. (Not 5.) Finish a project before starting another. (This is hard!) And done is better than perfect.

Moving from Memoir-ish to Memoir

I set another goal this year: write and self-publish one memoir. I'll share with you my process (because I need accountability) just in case you've been flirting with writing memoir, too. We can learn from each other. Deal?

Book Reviews

Do you love to read? Writers are challenged to read not only for the pure pleasure of enjoying someone else's written art, but to experience new ideas, new genres, and new writing styles. This year, I set a goal to read 50 books in varying genres. You're welcome to view my book list on Goodreads.

I'll post book reviews from time-to-time.

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I write to learn, to retell, and to entertain.

When I'm not wearing my "writer's hat," I'm a wife, a mother to sons, veteran home educator, former cubicle worker, gardener, apple grower, a horse keeper, chicken wrangler, sucker for Labrador Retrievers, freelance proofreader, and lover of country living. As a natural-born generalist, I find it impossible to specialize. I believe variety is the spice of life. And that's my story. I'm sticking with it.

My husband, sons, and I broke free of the "busy" life to live on rural acreage in Northern California's Sierra-Nevada Gold Country.