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May.12.2009
Good morning from the maven with the raven.  (The picture wouldn't upload here.  Go to http://laurelannehill.vox.com/) A special hello to the students at Monacan High in Richmond, Virginia.  I really enjoyed meeting you and am glad the boxes of "Heroes Arise" arrived safely.  Please visit...
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Apr.22.2009
 RavenCon 2009 is only two days away and I’m excited.  I’m hoping to take lots of photos and put together another slideshow.  My schedule is as follows: Reading from “Heroes Arise:”  Friday, 4:30 pm, James  (Chocolate available–my “trademark” contribution.) Reading of “The Pit and the Pendulum:” ...
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Mar.29.2009
"Finger Food" from Inebriated Labs
Heavy metal music throbbed from the CoastCon Suite into the adjacent Super 8-Biloxi Ballroom where I chatted with a future rocket scientist from “Inebriated Labs.”  My toes wiggled to the pulsing beat.  Oh, to be young again and to dance.             The lanky physics student took a swig from his...
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Mar.07.2009
Live Action Role Playing (LARPing) didn’t exist in my vocabulary until I read Cory Doctorow’s novel, “Little Brother,” last year.  How cool to run around in costume, pretending to be a vampire, superspy or medieval hero.  At my age, however, playing Grandma Moses seemed more my style.  I decided to...
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Feb.02.2009
For those attending Radcon 2009, here's my schedule.  My husband and I will be taking pictures throughout the convention for a slideshow.  If you come to my reading on Saturday morning at 10, David will have an additional chance to be sure you are included.  Plus, I'll be at Barnes and Noble in...
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Jan.30.2009
Important Rule of Cooking:  If you create a new recipe and it’s a hit, write down what you did.  And the sooner the better.  You wouldn’t believe how many mushrooms David and I consumed during the past two weeks as I sought to solve the case of the mysterious anniversary sauce.  Here’s the result...
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Jan.16.2009
In my parable, Heroes Arise, my protagonist--a desert kren--considers insects delicious, like dessert.  Not me.  I’ll take a slice of my favorite cake with buttercream frosting.  But my husband had triple bypass surgery last September and I’m trying to serve heart-healthy meals.  David can handle...
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Jan.12.2009
I kneaded bread dough, my flour-covered hand pushing hard into the eleven-grain mound.  The dull ache in my shoulder intensified.  This sourdough mixture was as stiff as adobe soil in summer.  Probably due to the extra graham flour I’d added this time.  Would the stuff ever loosen up? Last week, my...
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Dec.19.2008
             I climbed into the driver’s seat of Jaws, our 1995 Ford Explorer--the gas-guzzling “Great White.”  The steering wheel practically pressed against my chest but I still had to stretch my right leg to reach the fuel and break pedals.  The automatic garage door rattled open and Jaws roared...
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Oct.18.2008
Ghost of a Mushroom by Laurel Anne Hill    I sat straight up in bed, my hands clutching the patchwork quilt.  The translucent apparition from my spent dream danced in the air, a foot or so away from my nose.  No, the figure of my mother’s ghost had changed in the pale amber illumination from...
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Oct.08.2008
       I handed my husband his digital blood pressure monitor as John McCain and Barack Obama sparred on our television screen.  No, I wasn’t worried about David busting a blood vessel over political rhetoric.  Last month he had undergone cardiac bypass surgery and it was time to measure his...
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Oct.03.2008
     I pick up a glossy newsletter from the stack of daily mail.  The words “of Mexican descent” in the middle of an article grab my attention, like brake lights during a commute.  My father’s grandparents, Hipolita and Emilio Medina, were born in Mexico.  Perhaps this piece will have special...
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Sep.22.2008
     From now until the end of October 2008, you can help change the world in a small way, one book at a time.  Go to Orinda Books and purchase a copy of Heroes Arise, my award-winning parable published by KOMENAR, and I’ll donate $10 to the Winter Nights Rotating Family Shelter in Contra Costa...
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Sep.21.2008
California Writers Club (CWC) South Bay Branch 2008 East of Eden Writers Conference, An Extraordinary Event      Let’s hear another round of well-deserved applause for Edie Matthews, Kelly Harrison and all the other members of CWC South Bay Branch who made the recent East of Eden Writers Conference...
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Sep.08.2008
     I’ve got terrific news.  My parable, Heroes Arise, headed the list of trade paperback top sellers at Borderlands Books in August 2008.  Thanks to all of you who helped make this happen.      Borderlands Books is a friendly and comfortable establishment in San Francisco’s Mission District (866...
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