A freelance reviewer more than a dozen years, I’ve been published in the Chicago Tribune, New York Journal of Books, Chicago Review of Books and Booklist, among others. I’ve interviewed lots of writers, rubbed elbows at literary events, and am not above using my creds to get free review books and other swag.

Aside from reading and writing, I love travel and photography, coffee, and running away from uncomfortable situations. And David Tennant. I’d totally give it up for David Tennant.

Twenty-six years of marriage to a man I was deeply incompatible with gave me three beautiful children, now grown. They may occasionally rear their much-loved heads here.

Divorced going on three years, in a fit of romantic frenzy last year I sold all my stuff, quit my job, and moved halfway around the world with the intention of marrying a friend in Scotland. It should have been happily ever after.

SPOILER: it wasn’t.


My favorite view of my favorite castle in lovely Edinburgh.


I came back to the States and started over, all over again. I got my job back, rented a townhouse, rebuilt a life. BUT… In September of this year, almost exactly a year after leaving the first time, I agreed to return to Scotland and give the relationship a second try.

What will happen? Your guess is as good as mine.

While this is primarily a bookish and literary blog, I’ll be swerving into lifestyle territory to talk about this second chance in Scotland, revealing more than is prudent or proper about how things go in my life with The Scot. Travel, eats, experiences… The whole haggis.

I’ve been writing this blog since 2006-ish. Bluestalking grows and evolves with me, reflecting my interests and my own brand of crazy.

I’m glad you’re here. It’s echo-y when you’re not.


Native to Faulkner’s Mississippi, I’ve lived in the Chicago metro area more than half my life. I hold a B.A. in English literature from Dominican University in River Forest, IL, and an MLIS (Masters in Library and Information Studies) through the University of Wisconsin, Madison.



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