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My Summer List

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It’s Saturday night, August 19 as I write, and I’ve been having one of those weeks where I believe the maxim that the older you get the faster time goes. Blink, and another week has passed. That never happens to you, right? My daughter is a Head Start teacher. She went back to work a […]

Gladden the Heart Releases!

Gladden the Heart Releases!

Gladden the Heart has officially released! New books come with a lot of official days that gladden the writer’s heart. Turning in that manuscript! Finished! Turning in revisions in response to the editors’ comments. Finished again! Receiving the PDF galley, when it’s laid out electronically and looks like the pages of book for the first […]

Of Losses and New Normals

Of Losses and New Normals

I still have $2.85 left on the prepaid card at the coffee shop where I used to spend Saturday mornings. There used to be a barista who would see me coming through the door, with my laptop bag over my shoulder, and ask, “Having your usual?” I also had a usual table, and I admit […]

Empty Shelves and Clearing Up

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First, a picture. These two shelves in my office are rarely in the state in which you see them here—empty. They’re usually filled with research and notes related to whatever writing projects are in progress at any given time. Seriously, I think for the last five years, since the release of my first book, The […]

Things on My Mind I Don’t Get to Say

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Two months after writing about being MIA on my own blog, I still am. Some of the reasons are the same. The migraine issues I wrote about in December (but which began in August) have crossed over into a diagnosis of “chronic.” Thankfully medication keeps them from being acute, though they are still daily, and […]

MIA: Still Waiting

MIA: Still Waiting

I’ve been missing in action. I admit it. But I haven’t been AWOL because of a conscious decision to desert my own blog. I’m not trying to neglect my duty. I’m a creature of habit and generally stay on top of things. We all have seasons where the unpredictable becomes reality. Often these same seasons […]

Christmas in October

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Years ago I worked in a retail fabric store. In the craft world, Christmas starts in July. During weeks of summer heat I measured and cut red and green Christmas fabrics while everybody in town with a sewing machine stacked up supplies to keep them going till December. In the book world, Christmas seems to […]

A Big Fat Book to Sink Into

A Big Fat Book to Sink Into

Two months! I just realized how much time has passed since I last posted. Actually, I think of the month of August as “The Month That Was Not,” because I was under the weather for a few weeks. But also since the last time I posted, I’ve had an exciting release. Back in 2014, Hidden […]

Enter the Panic Zone

Enter the Panic Zone

It happens every year. About February, when we get a warm spell that you might not associate with February in Colorado (but which happens every year) I see the first signs of the rash of larkspur that brings glory to my yard in summer. Then it turns cold, we get a spring blizzard, and I […]

I Love the Library!

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If you are looking for me on a Saturday afternoon, check the library. I’m there a lot with the purpose of adding words to my latest work-in-progress, which at the moment is a fifth addition to the Amish Turns of Time series. I’ve written before about libraries in my life. Sometimes unexpected things happen, like […]