Hello, my name is Laura.

I live in the Black Hills of South Dakota with my wonderful husband, three wily black cats, and a struggling vegetable garden. By way of primary occupation these days, I keep a historic Bed & Breakfast. When not cleaning bathrooms or testing yet another new way to make French toast, I write fiction, play with the local community theater, and try to keep my 117-year-old house from falling apart.

This blog is devoted to whatever tickles my fancy at a given moment. Consider it a grab bag. You’ll likely hear about my adventures in innkeeping (I really do make good French toast), traveling (on the rare occasions when they let me escape from the pillow-fluffing), and getting along with other people (I do the best I can). You’re also bound to hear about my opinions on language, writing, and reading, three of my favorite things.


For blog posts specifically about the work we do on our historic home, you can check out the Unexpected Victorian Blog that Dustin and I both write, and some of my fiction is posted on the next page over.



9 thoughts on “About

  1. My son and I passed through S. Dakota on a 10,000 cross-country road trip this summer. Beautiful countryside in the Black Hills.

    Where are you in the photo you include above? Reminds me of some of the places we visited on our trip….

  2. That picture was taken on the island of Santorini, in Greece, the day before I got married. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. No islands quite like that in South Dakota, though you’re right – we do have our fair share of fantastic scenery.

  3. AH!! Now I see it. I’ve been to Santorini. I have a photo of me at sunset on the tip of the island. Very easy to take good pixs in such a place.

    I had thought the picture reminded me a little of Glacier in Montana, but it didn’t seem quite right. Thanks for clearing that up!

  4. So…I was doing a google search for an email name that I have used in the past. I was contemplating changing it. I found references to my real name and thought I would do a search on that. What did I find?
    I found that you had given me credit on a paper you wrote on Sex and the WC. I don’t really remember that, but thrilled that I’ve finally found a way to get a hold of you. I just hope that you get this message so that we can catch up.
    You should know that you were the single most favorite part of my time there. I’ve missed you!

  5. I have to ask; how many times have you tried to get your novels published?

    Yes, I am a new writer. A friend of mine gave me the link to your site to read your advice.

    I found it very helpful and I appreciate your honesty, I am about to proof read my story to see how many times ‘just’ and ‘actually’ appears 😉

    Is there a link you can share where one can read some of your finished pieces?

    Thanks again.

  6. Thanks for the nice note, Gwwyneth!

    I’ve submitted four short fiction pieces for publication without any luck so far. Publishing non-fiction is so much easier, because there are so many more venues for it. I’m occasionally depressed that I missed the glory days of fiction magazines, but there are still a few out there who will take submissions. Many colleges or universities also publish short fiction collections. There are some websites out there that specifically catalog such opportunities. I don’t have any of them bookmarked on this computer, but they’re not too hard to find by doing a regular search.

    I have not yet tried to publish any novels, though I have every intention of getting that figured out one day.

    I also don’t have an online portfolio yet, but it’s something I’ve thought about doing. When I get something up, I’ll let you know.

    All the best with your own writing projects!

  7. Hello Laura! I just stumbled across your blog via NaNoWriMo – I’m participating this year and saw that you were the ML for our great state of South Dakota! There has been mention of being some 700 other NaNo’ers in SD – some of them from Pierre… Is there any sort of listing that I can go about finding to meet any of these other writers? (I live near Pierre)…


  8. Hey Amanda! I’m excited to have you on board this year for NaNo. 🙂 I don’t have the opportunity to participate in the Camps, so I can’t give you much help with finding folks there, but once October rolls around, the regular NaNo forums should start picking up some speed. We’ll have some topics in the forums to help folks find each other within the different communities. I’ll be looking for folks in each area to help out with planning local write-ins, so maybe give that some thought. (eyebrow waggling)

    You’re welcome to stop by the forums any time and do a shout-out for Pierre folks, I just suspect it’ll be a little quiet until we get a bit closer.

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