New BOOK Coming Soon!

“In the fall of the year, when the leaves were blushing red in the sunshine and the trees were yawning and stretching and shaking loose from the apples and acorns and chestnuts they had been carrying all summer, I left my cottage and walked the seven miles to Witherly, a little village on the edge…

Life Is A Journey

Having a life outside of work is really, really hard when work is your life. I am discovering this. My whole aim in the last seven years has been to get my writing off the ground. I applied only for jobs that would give me time to write, avoided dating relationships because they took up…

Eight Characteristics of Serious Writers: Curiosity

How excited am I allowed to be that we are starting a new series today? Better yet, how excited are you? Never mind, don’t answer that question. In this series, we are exploring the eight characteristics that make a good writer. I say eight, but I think we all know writing is more complicated than…

Creativity, Inc.

I listen to audiobooks on my commute to and from work every day. It’s how I keep reading when life is busy and crazy and I don’t have the time or the energy to stop and open a book. Which, unfortunately, is all the time right now. So, my commute is my saving grace. An…

Wait . . .

. . . didn’t you get a new job? Why yes, so I did. Shockingly, my life is not completely made up of weekend adventures, although it may look like it on my blog nowadays. I actually have a real job and I go to work every morning and come home every night. I have…

Mermaids

I saw a mermaid this weekend. Actually two. Real live actual mermaids. Okay, not actual. But definitely real live mermaids. Okay, it was two actresses wearing costumes and taking pictures with the kids at the Denver Aquarium. But you were not there, so technically, you can’t prove that they weren’t real live actual mermaids. And…

Birthday Adventures

I have a surprise for you all. Today is my birthday! Woohooo! Balloons and party hats and kazoos and cake! Not really. Actually, I have to go to work today, and my birthday weekend is already over. But I am a quarter-of-a-century-old today, and I felt the need to announce it. So. There you are….

Coffee Dates: Writing Alone

Good Morning, Creatives! Sometimes I feel like I need a support group for introverts. Like, we can sit in a very small circle with only a few people who really understand us and say, “Hi, my name’s Abigail. Today an extrovert tried to sit down in my bubble and make small talk and I chose…

Headed For Home

I’m going to be honest with y’all. I’m writing this while we drive. I think we’re in Alabama right now. Somewhere near Birmingham, I think, although I am directionally challenged and it’s very possible that I’m wrong. Guys. Alabama is hot. Like, ridiculously hot. Like, if it wasn’t so beautiful I would never come here…

Coffee Dates: Overwriter

Good Morning, Creatives! Can I confess something to you guys? Like, heart-to-heart? Good. Because I’m going to anyway. I am a chronic overwriter. Are you shocked? You should be. It’s true. I have a serious problem. My poor, poor editor is constantly having to cut things back and tell me to rein it in a…