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Friday lines: Scene from my novel-in-progress; or, “Woman from the future”

Happy Friday! Hope y’all enjoy this scene from the first (and very rough) draft of my historical novel-in-progress. For more about the story, and other scenes, go to my Work in Progress page. * Woman from the future * 72 … Continue reading

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Weekly Lines: “Cars and curricles”

Hi! It’s been a while, folks. Writing in the summertime when your kids are at home is a bit like running the gauntlet. (Yes, gauntlets have been around since people were basic brutes and rarely end well for the runner. … Continue reading

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Join me at the Midsummer Reading Retreat: June 28-30 at Earthshine Lodge in NC

Perhaps you’ve heard of weekend writers’ or artists’ retreats, yoga or meditative retreats, or others? How about a Reading Retreat: an entire weekend devoted to simply reading books, and if you’re in the mood for it, discussing your favorite new … Continue reading

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New article: “Looking Ahead to Summer in Brevard”

Hi, folks. My newest freelance article is up at Fisher Realty (Brevard, NC). Here’s to summertime in the mountains! To read, click here.

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New lines: “The Cheshire Cat and Alice”

Hi, all! Here’s a quick new excerpt from my historical novel-in-progress. For more information, go to my Work-in-Progress page. This scene is set in Charleston, South Carolina, 2004. Enjoy! * The Cheshire Cat and Alice * When all else fails, … Continue reading

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Because of 80,000 words: A new novel excerpt

Today I hit 80,000 words on the first draft of my novel manuscript.  This is a big deal, y’all. My kids are 9 and 6. The last time I hit 80,000 words on a novel manuscript was over a decade … Continue reading

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News for writers: Upcoming writer’s retreats at gorgeous Earthshine Lodge in WNC

Exciting news for my fellow writers in need of RETREAT! I just spent the morning at 3,000 feet, on a cool, misty mountaintop alight in spring green, brainstorming with Ali Lien, the co-founder and co-owner of Earthshine Lodge in Lake … Continue reading

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In praise of teachers, who are the candle lighters

Well, I had this teacher who ________. This is the start of an answer I’ve given hundreds of times at book clubs or venues where I’ve been a featured author or speaker. Because someone always asks, “What inspired you to … Continue reading

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“You can’t put the milk back in the cow, Opie”… and other thoughts on Earth Day

The following may be my favorite quote in relation to Earth Day: Aunt Bea: “Opie, you haven’t finished your milk. We can’t put it back in the cow, you know.” Happy Earth Day, all! To put it simply: I love … Continue reading

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Weekly Lines: “The kitchen house”

New lines from the rough first draft of my historical novel-in-progress, set in parallel time: in both 1804, and 2004. Told from the perspective of my 2004 protagonist, an art historian and restoration expert named Gamble. Enjoy! * The kitchen … Continue reading

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