“It was June, and the World Smelled of Roses”

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” ~Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib, 1941 June always feels like a slow, glorious month. I think it’s always been one of my favorite months because it used to be the month our lives slipped from […]

Setting Goals

Setting Goals: Do you set monthly goals? Yearly goals? I certainly set daily goals. I love “To-do” lists. I also find weekly goals helpful, and monthly goals. But this might be the first time I’ve set yearly writing goals. Which actually makes sense, since this is only my second year writing full time, and my first year was […]

Thoughts on Memorial Day

From military blogger, Matt from Blackfive (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2014/05/the-gates-of-heaven-1.html) on Memorial Day: “Of course, Memorial Day is about remembering the sacrifices that our military men and women have made over the last 237 years. We are still a young nation, but one that has made many sacrifices to remain free. We should also take time to remember […]

Snakes on a Plane, And in our Yard!

On Nature: We live in the woods, so this shouldn’t come as a shock, only it does. We have snakes in our yard. The Engineer saw one yesterday while working in the yard, and the reason it’s worrisome is it was where the Belladog likes to hang out. And we have no idea how she […]

Plotting In My Sleep

On Writing: Thank goodness for sleep, because it has solved more than a few of my problems. My plotting problems, that is. Often, if I go to sleep thinking about a scene, I will wake up during the night or in the morning with a pretty solid idea. I have learned the hard way though, […]

Making Omelettes

On Writing: As much as I like revising, I have found a downside to adding extra scenes to a manuscript. You know that expression, there’s more than one way to make an omelette? Some people can happily jump around and write scenes as the inspiration strikes them. My normal preference for writing is to write […]