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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Experiments in incandescent living

When Halley’s Comet swept across the sky in April 1910, New York Times society reporters implied that to live life to the fullest you simply had to attend a rooftop viewing party. I’ve never cared about staying on top of the trends, but I do enjoy stargazing with a glass of bubbly; so I have reappropriated the “comet party” as a metaphor for living the brightest, most festive version of your life. You want to light up a room, but not in the way people usually employ that phrase: I’m talking about bringing joy and clarity to everyone you meet, and reveling in that effervescent feeling you get when you’ve made yourself useful.

I write novels for readers of all ages and occasionally blog about books, travel, art, and needlecrafts, but above all this site is for exploring the connection I’ve discovered between ethical veganism and creativity. To that end, I’m working on a follow-up book to Life Without Envy called Tenderheart: Veganism for Creative Growth, forthcoming in 2019. If I’ve piqued your interest, you can subscribe for updates!

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Alec’s Favorite Vegan Recipes

Readers of The Boy From Tomorrow will notice that Alec and his mother are newly vegan—as Mrs. Frost says, “if you have to make two major life changes, you may as well make three.” So here’s a recipe round-up! Some dishes are mentioned in the novel, and others are just recipes I imagine Alec and Danny would enjoy as much as I do.

Weekend Breakfast

Pumpkin pie pancakes from Robin Robertson’s Vegan Planet

Fruit salad: banana, pineapple, mango, strawberries, blueberries, with whipped coconut cream (GF)

Chickpea-Flour Omelette (with tomato and red onion) with tempeh bacon and hash brown haystacks (GF)

Weekday Lunch

On a sandwich: “chuna” salad, tofu “egg” salad, peanut or almond butter and fig jam, or Tofurky deli slices with lettuce and tomato  (to make GF, omit deli slices and use gluten-free bread)

Carrots with hummus; a banana or apple; and a leftover cookie! (see below) (GF)


Tater-tot casserole (it’s healthier than it sounds, especially with a side salad) (GF)

Pizza from scratch (with marinara, caramelized onions, pre-sauteéd mini-bella mushrooms and broccoli rabe, and tofu ricotta)

Macaroni ‘n cheese (add peas, chopped tomatoes, and/or broccoli to make it healthier)  (to make GF, use gluten-free pasta and breadcrumbs)

Classic chili with cashew sour cream and cornbread (GF if using gluten-free flour in the cornbread)


Spicy Roasted Chickpeas (GF)

Baba ganoush with pita chips (dip is GF)

Banana-peanut butter smoothie: frozen over-ripe bananas, peanut butter, cinnamon, vanilla powder, almond milk (GF)


Pumpkin Chai Snickerdoodles

Lavender-chocolate cupcakes (using maple syrup instead of honey) (GF)

Chocolate Cake to Live For

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Gingerbread People (GF)

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.