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Tales from Thailand
Orchid After Rain

Get Dian's recommendations for books about Thailand on Shepherd

Magazine Articles

Nothin' But Blue Skies?
Look Again!

Learn how to spot rainbows, haloes, and other colorful atmospheric phenomena in Washington Family (August 2023, page 15).

Construction Workers at Sunset
Super Short Essays

About family, life, you name it

A Family Record


Read the story, published in 101 Words (February 21, 2022)

Can you tell from the photo what detail I changed to turn this micro memoir into flash fiction?

Photo: Nancy Desrochers

A New Name for a New Family

Read the Tiny Love Story, published in The New York Times (July 13, 2021).

Writing About Writing
Assembly of books

Making the shift from scientific writing to creative writing wasn't easy. "How I Learned to Stop Moping and Celebrate Rejection" explains my writing journey. Read it in Pen in Hand (January 2023, pages 72-76)

Reading a book

I read a lot of memoirs as I was writing my own. Read "Ten Lessons about Writing Memoir that I Learned from Reading Memoirs" at Women Writers Women's Books, a site with tips for writers and readers of all genders.

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