Katherine Keenum

A blog about how paintings, photographs, and prints have helped me visualize my fiction—both Where the Light Falls and works-in-progress—with a hope that they will stimulate other writers and readers, too.

A small sample of the images that inspired me appears below. Click on these or any images in the posts to see enlargements. In the text, click on colored words to activate links.

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An American woman art student meets a Civil War veteran in Belle Époque Paris.


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Green Earth

January 25, 2017

It happened the way it should. Last week while browsing at a local independent bookstore, I happened on Green Earth by Kim Stanley Robinson. The book is the author’s condensation of his near-future trilogy about climate change, science, and government into one updated novel. It’s wonderful!

And oh, how grimly needed in light of the Trump administration’s assault on science and the public’s right to know what our agencies want to tell us. Scary times.

On a less rueful note: writers, I recommend Robinson’s comments on cutting 300 pages from Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, and Sixty Days and Counting. We all have to learn to think well about when to trim and when to expand our own work, and it’s interesting to read a top-notch sci-fi writer on what he did.

For a New Yorker article about Robinson as a political writer, click here.


  1. January 26, 2017 11:57 AM EST
    I just viewed a documentary about Rachel Carson. I had heard about her book, "Silent Spring", for years. She only lived to be 56, but accomplished the first push to discover the terrible effects of pesticides on the environment, especially fish, birds and the danger of cancer developing in humans. It's still on pbs.org for viewing.

    I see the times we're in as a cleansing. It gets worse before it gets better in the form of, what Eckhart Tolle calls, "A New Earth", his third book about a spiritual change in consciousness. People will leave organized religion because they will have a direct experience of Spirit within themselves. I have practiced this for many years through Religious Science and Unity to open up to my higher self more fully. I never liked organized dogmatic religion and neither did my parents.

    - Patricia Franzino