Lost in the Mountains

I got lost this weekend. My boyfriend and I went up into the mountains on Saturday. We were heading for Chessman reservoir, up in the mountains. The plan was a picnic . . . roast chicken, sparkling cider, picnic blankets. I was planning on taking pictures. I didn’t take any pictures. We used Google maps,…

Introvert Recovery 101

I had a crazy week. Like, really crazy. First of all, I spent all five work days at conference centers, attending—and presenting—at meetings. Which meant a lot of talking and a firehose of information. Stories were planned. Characters were examined. Exciting things happened. I think I survived. I haven’t checked yet. Secondly, we had quite…

The Next Right Thing

New Year’s resolutions are hard. Statistically, most of them end up abandoned a month or so after New Year’s. I myself have never had much luck with them. They put pressure on us for a huge amount of change in a very, very short time, and personally, I’ve never found that life changes that way….

Christmas Parties

I am not generally a ‘party’ kind of person. Honestly, if you know anything about me, you know this. I spent my childhood hiding from parties. In my room, in the woods, in books, and in stories out of my own head. Once, I hid in a rabbit hutch. Someone found me. I’m still bitter…

Christmas Is Coming!

I love December. Christmas lights, music, snow, parties and presents and people we love. Yep, it’s my favorite. I already bought all my Christmas presents, if you can believe that. And wrapped them. Chocolate wine was involved. And Christmas movies. It was a good day. But now that November is past and Thanksgiving is behind…

Vacation

This week, I am not going into the office. I am taking my first vacation days since starting this job, and I am so excited. I’m going to sleep in, read way too many books, write my own projects, and spend so, so much time with my family. And maybe watch way too much Disney+….

Growing Roots

I have three trees growing in my house. And a handful of acorns in the back of my fridge, ready for the spring. So, of course, yesterday I found pine seeds scattered all over my porch from the wind and couldn’t help myself. Now they’re in my fridge, sealed in a plastic bag with a…

Wait… HOLLYWOOD??

Well, sort of. This has been the craziest month for me, and the last week has reached new heights of surreality. I’m running on low sleep and lower caffeine, so bear with me while I try to make sense of everything that’s happened, okay? Great. Thanks. So . . . a week ago, I drove…

When I Leave My House

It’s Tuesday, isn’t it? Monday was, in fact, yesterday. Not today. I found that out last night. After I’d forgotten to write this blog post, or do any of my other Monday tasks. But then, it wasn’t a normal Monday. So I plead confusion. I didn’t get up at 5 AM to write my blog…

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…