Renegade Muse


Favorite Places

I don’t pretend to be a dauntless traveler. I like a cozy suite, a warm fire and afternoon tea as well as the next reasonable female. But life can be measured in places and dogs, in books and movies, in particular memories—where we were, who we were with…the spaces that never leave us.

Some of these locations are platinum luxury (bring your American Express card) and some are extremely rough country (bring water.)  Some I’ve been to in the past week and some I have not seen in years, but they each have a character that has imprinted itself indelibly on my life.


Big Bend, Texas
Austin, Texas
Vienna, Austria
The Chesapeake Bay
Gleneagles, Scotland
Galeana, Nuevo León, Mexico
Prague, Czech Republic
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Istanbul, Turkey


Favorite Books and Authors

John Fowles
The French Lieutenant’s Woman
James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners, Ulysses (the last few pages, anyway)
Charles Dickens
Bleak House, Great Expectations
The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens
Georgette Heyer
-any of her Regencies
Andrew McCall
-The Number One Ladies Detective Agency series audio by Lysette Lecat
Thomas Moore
Care of the Soul


C.J. Cherryh
Merchanter’s Luck
Cuckoo’s Egg
Finity’s End
The Faded Sun Trilogy
Henry James
The Turn of the Screw
Portrait of a Lady
Anne Rice
Interview with the Vampire
The Vampire Lestat
Anne Lamott
Bird by Bird

Favorite Movies

Shakespeare in Love

Forrest Gump