Laura Tobias

And In the End . . .

And In the End . . .

In a few weeks, my son will graduate from high school. That watershed event, coupled with a number of other passages that I’ve marked in my personal life over the last few months, has me thinking about the inevitability of endings. In the case of Teen Freud, his graduation will be a poignant mix of sadness and joy. As his… Read more →

			When the Koala Comes to Call

When the Koala Comes to Call

I live in the Northern Hemisphere. Not on an ice flow but fairly far north, well beyond what you’d call tropical. So imagine my shock when I looked out my office window in the dead of winter and saw a koala perched on a branch of my gnarled apple tree. Yes, I’d had my morning coffee and, no, it didn’t… Read more →

     Revising? Get out the Power Tools

Revising? Get out the Power Tools

Book revisions remind me a lot of home renovations. Case in point: the floors in my house. Last spring, my husband and I decided, on something of a whim, to get our hardwood floors refinished. Our house is old and lovingly cared for. The floors, however, were old and hadn’t been loved in 24 years. Clearly I was in a… Read more →

It Happens at Midnight - a Pen Warriors Anthology

It Happens at Midnight – a Pen Warriors Anthology

A few years ago, at one of  Pen Warriors’ Red Door retreats, we decided to challenge ourselves by writing a serial novel. I forget which one of us– No, delete that. The author gets to play God, and I’m telling this tale, so I’ll pretend I remember exactly how this unfolded. The goal of the serial novel was to have fun… Read more →

The Year of the Dragon: Ready, Set, Go

The Year of the Dragon: Ready, Set, Go

This week marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Dragon. viagra uk delivery fast In Chinese lore, the dragon is the ultimate symbol of success, prosperity, and good fortune. Dragon Years are supposed to usher in Great Things. (And any writer who doesn’t look forward to Great Things has either given up writing or is lying to themselves.)… Read more →

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Maybe it’s in my genes. As a kid growing up, my grandparents believed that when things went bump in the night, there was probably something there. As far as they were concerned, ghosts were as real as tomato soup, though even harder to pin to the wall. They believed in magic anything, full fat everything and moose meat. I never… Read more →

Mars, Venus and the Rejection

Mars, Venus and the Rejection

Until my last rejection, I never paid much attention to the ‘men are from Mars, women are from Venus’ school of thought. I know the theory and I do happen to be married to a man who has his share of Martian. But since he’s deliciously human most of the time, I don’t dwell. So what if we approach life… Read more →

The Steps We Take

The Steps We Take

Last month I measured my steps. The exercise was something of a wake-up call. It reminded me that progress isn’t always measured in steps. Sometimes it’s measured in stillness. The whole thing started when I agreed to participate in a study on neighborhoods being conducted by students at our local university. As part of the program, I was required to… Read more →