November 1st!

“One must always look after one’s acorns, especially in autumn, when all the little creatures are stocking their larders and lining their nests for when Dame Winter comes a’calling.” I ordered a proof copy of Of Bullfrogs and Snapdragons this week! Which means . . . *Trumpets sound* My newest book will hit Amazon on…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Hope

Can I ask you a question, just between us writers and anyone else who happens to swing by my blog and see this post? What are you hoping for? When you sit down to write, where do you see your book going? Or, rather, where do you want it to go? What are the big…

“…All At Once, Summer Collapsed Into Fall”

Don’t you just love that quote by Oscar Wilde? It never fails to make me feel cozy. Seriously though, this year fall seemed to come in with October, and we have had a nip in the air and yellow leaves ever since. I love fall with all of my cozy heart, and my sister and…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Work Ethic

I’m going to make a crazy statement to start off today’s post. Are you ready? Here it is. The most talented writers will not necessarily be the most successful. There. I said it. You can lynch me now. Are you shocked by my crazy pronouncement? I don’t take it back. In fact, I stand by…

Learning to Inhale

I spent this weekend working on my woodpile. Chopping wood, gathering it from the forest behind my house. It was therapeutic. There is nothing better than a day spent wandering in the woods, collecting dead fall and chopping it up for one’s wood stove. In other news, fall is here! And it has gotten cold….

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Resilience

I’m going to tell you a secret today. Not everyone is going to like what you write. In fact, some people are going to hate it. They are going to leave a one-star review, write a nasty summary, and leave you a little shattered on your keyboard. Hopefully, this will not happen often. Since you…

Baby Groot’s Growth Spurt

So much is happening just now that I’m not even sure what to write about today. My brother is married. We celebrated last night. I’m apparently learning how to write songs. My job is unpredictable. It’s cold this morning. I need a jacket. My book is in the final stages of preparation. It will be…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Enthusiasm

I still get excited about my writing. After seven years on the same set of books, that sounds crazy doesn’t it? Don’t the characters get stale? Doesn’t the world get boring? Actually . . . they do. Sometimes. I have days when I’m not excited about what I’m writing. We all do. In fact, I…

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…