~ from cats, dogs and nature to the flowering of body, mind and spirit ~

Monday, March 25, 2019

New Arrival!

This is the newest arrival in our little mixed-species family, and she's absolutely adorable, isn't she?!


Monday, December 3, 2018

A Favorite Author


In spite of the fact that she is an avid fox hunter - in the grand 300-year-old tradition of its American form - one of my favorite authors is Rita Mae Brown of Virginia; her mysteries are an absolute delight! I came acrossTHIS WONDERFUL, RELATIVELY RECENT INTERVIEW with her where the conversation begins with foxhounds and continues into her prolific writing. So, this is for anyone who enjoys reading cozy mysteries or being with nature or animals or in Virginia.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Flying High

Today, I hit that place within creative writing where my excitement for the story suddenly skyrockets. This inner high comes and goes throughout the process for every WIP (work-in-progress), so when the sensation of flying lifts me up, I just enjoy the ebullience.

As backstory, while Book One in my Chantilly Lace series is heading out to some friends for final read-through and editing (the novel will be available for purchase by Christmas), I'm deep in research mode on Book Two: taking notes, sketching outlines, listening for the voices of characters, watching for settings to reveal themselves.

During the writing and research journey, sometimes I fall completely into a scene and quick-as-a-wink I've written a couple thousand words. At other times, full scene visualizations go dormant, but that doesn't mean I'm not buried in the imaginary world I've created. It can feel like puzzle pieces spread in front of me and I know they all fit together even if it takes a while to put them all together. And then - woosh! Creative moments strike without warning - my breath catches, my heart pounds, and I feel like I'm vibrating from the inside out! Today held one of those precious soaring moments!

Write On!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Equinox Creativity

Today I am celebrating the Autumn Equinox by being creative in a different way than I usually do - I'm drawing and doodling. Hubby got me a new kit of pens, pencils, and pastels, and encouraged me to take a break from my writing (I sent off my Family History Book to the printer last night- YAY). So I did.
This was the perfect time for bringing some balance into my days. I've been caught up in writing for months now, pushing myself, especially these final two weeks, to complete the Family History book project. Time to bring in creativity from another part of my being.
Give it a try!


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