Author: Gayleen Rabakukk

I'm a writer with an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I also hold a journalism degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. I enjoy writing both fiction and non-fiction on a variety of topics.

Besides Bond

As moviegoers flock to theaters to see the latest James Bond offering, Spectre, it’s timely to remember the Ian Fleming’s other literary contribution. In 1964 his children’s book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was published. The book has a decidedly strong steampunk undertone, though…

Finding Connections

Research can be addictive, especially if you’re easily distracted (as I frequently am.) One fact leads to another fact and before you know it, you’ve slid down the rabbit hole into some alternate universe. You are no longer focused on…

The Joy of Completion

Yesterday I submitted the final chapter and sidebar pieces on Frontiers of Healing: A History of Medicine in Oklahoma County. I have a great sense of accomplishment, mixed with relief. I started the project more than 15 months ago and…

Sparking Conversations

I have a confession to make… I’m not very good at small talk. Usually it doesn’t matter that much – I learned a long time ago that smiling and nodding goes a very long way. However, the quiet smiler doesn’t…

Beginning a New Chapter

Transitions can be a real challenge, whether in writing: moving from one scene to the next, or life transitions: changing the place you call home. My family is tackling that second challenge this week as we move from a large…

My Writing Process Blog Tour

When Brandi Barnett asked me if I’d be interested in blogging about my writing process, I thought, “that’s no sweat – I write all the time.” Of course that statement isn’t completely true. I do a lot of other things besides…