Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, The Book of Dead Birds, Self Storage, Delta Girls, and My Life with the Lincolns, which won a Silver Nautilus Award for Middle Grade/Teen Fiction. The Book of Live Wires, sequel to The Book of Dead Birds, is available as an ebook. Gayle lives in Riverside, CA, where she is currently serving a two year appointment as the Inlandia Literary Laureate and is mom to two adult kids and a toddler.
I got a tattoo today.
That is a sentence I never imagined I would write. I have been a tattoo admirer in the past, but never a tattoo desirer. I couldn't imagine an image or word I would want…drilled into my skin. I would get sick of it, I thought; I would regret it when I got older. Then, a couple of months ago, I realized that my kids' initials, in birth order, are AHA--I'm not sure how this never occurred to me before--and my first thought was "I want that on my… >> Read More
My toddler has a new nickname for me: Milk Carton.
This started off as Milk Car, my designated portion of the train as I follow Asher--who goes by Engine--around the house or along the edge of the…sidewalk (in his worldview, curbs are tracks). Asher still nurses, so the nickname is quite literal. My husband is Caboose--as he walks behind me, he likes to joke about my Dairy-ere. "Let's go chugga chugga, Milk Carton," Asher will say. He makes his train-whistle-and-engine sound, starts pumping his piston-rod arms, pretends to put coal in… >> Read More