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Becky Bowman, Writer
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Freelance writer and editor extraordinaire
Freelance writer and editor extraordinaire

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On writing for summer camp
Well, here I sit, ready to catch up on my word counts for Camp NaNoWriMo -- and since it’s the 6th of July, and I’ve written hardly anything, I now have three thousand words to write. Three. Thousand. Words. That’s like a college essay. You should need to h...
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Back to the flowering homestead
We got home from our vacation to Japan this weekend, and I was pleasantly surprised to find not only that our grass hadn't grown that long (even with the recent rains!) -- but also that the entire backyard seems to be in bloom! The lemon tree is still in bu...
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New is hard. Is it better?
As we continue to settle in to our new home in Oakland, I can’t help looking at every other meadow and wondering if it might be greener. I thought a lot about this on my drive home tonight -- and about how change tends to break open pieces of life that we h...
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A (somewhat belated) Happy Valentine's Day to You
It was a little late, but I got into the full-blown Valentine's spirit this weekend. While Vivek went to pick up our Chinese take-out Saturday night, I whisked our Christmas decorations into the spare room (shhhh! don't tell) and whipped up a quick string o...
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Spring is (almost) here
Shhhhhhh -- listen! Spring is coming. Can you hear it? The birds are up and singing. The sun is shining -- and it's only 7 a.m. There's a quiet hush hanging over the dawn: No snow plows; no rain; no wind. I know this isn't what my East Coast friends and fam...
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The joys of doing (almost) nothing
Two truths about today: 1. It was mostly a big, fat, do-nothing day. 2. I really needed today to be a big, fat, do-nothing day. The past few weeks have been amazing, with trips to India, New York and (briefly) home, visits with old friends and the start of ...
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Lights in the new darkness
I wrote a few days ago that I was feeling a bit bad about not taking down my Christmas lights. (They're still up.) The thing is, though, that I'm sort of happy to have them still hanging around. I've always loved Christmas lights. Not necessarily the razzle...
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