Quinta de Regaleira

Rick Steves had this one wrong. The palace interior has been reconfigured so many times it’s lost it’s charm, but the grounds are pure magic. I’ve had dreams about tunnels, caves that never end, being lost as I crawl through smaller and smaller...

Pena Palace

Sintra is steeping in castles. The royalty would vacation here. Lord Byron stayed here. The whole town and surrounding hilly countryside is dotted with spires, steeples, and statues. Most folks flock to Pena Palace, the sprawling, multi-colored king-of-the-hill that...

Moorish Castle

Ahhhh… While the rest of the Sintra sight-seeing crowd tromped and bussed over to Pena Palace (more on that later), I found a home of sorts at the Moorish Castle (800-900). Stories hide in the stones there and I could have spent all three of my Sintra days...

Portugal Bound

I’m literally closing down this computer when I finish this, and hopping on our Whidbey airport shuttle to head to Portugal. Why? A novel I’ve been working on has called me there for months, just a wee bit of time compared to how long this story has been...

The Joy of Revision

I’m choosing Joy. That’s it. Can’t decide what to work on? Choose joy. Making plans for vacation? Choose joy. Revision? Yup. Joy. I just finished the first draft of my NaNoWriMo novel! Lots of holes to fill, lots of cutting ahead, but if I can muster...