The Best Place to Find Me

If you are the kind of person who likes to follow an author’s personal blog, I would follow me here.

This is not the first time I’ve tried to sustain two blogs at once and if I was writing full time I could probably do it, but not in my present situation.

I will post book updates here when I have a legitimate update to post.

As of this date I am hammering away at Crooked Rock #3 Tommy and Elizabeth’s story. And I’m writing a few scenes and prepping Crooked Rock Book #4 Linda and Arnie’s story which will complete this intro of the Crooked Rock Urban Indian Center. I’m hoping to get both out in 2018.

Thanks for sticking with me.

First Draft Is Finished! Hooray!

First draft is pretty generous for what I’ve got but on this one I had to push through to the end before I could figure it all out. I still have a couple months before it has to go to beta readers and I’m going to need it. I have more [something clever will happen here] notes than I care to admit.

But I got through it. You should expect to hear more about a release date at the end of the summer.

Last weekend I nuked my Instagram account. Well, I didn’t delete but I deactivated it.

It was this story on Buzzfeed that convinced me to pull the plug. I have been enjoying it less for the reasons described but I also worry about privacy and the time suck. One more way not to follow me.

Today I had my yard barkdusted so it looks and smells amazing. It’s a chunk of change but makes my life easier in the long run. I had to speed weed a bunch of it before the guys came so I am moving slowly. One of the guys said I would sleep well tonight.

It’s April and I’m Still Plodding Along

Here’s your periodic update — I had to push back. I’ve had a family situation which resulted in a lot of distractions which turned into panic which is not the optimum state of mind to write books. If you’re waiting for Book #3 — sorry! Looking like beginning of October at this point. Sorry to keep you waiting. I’d write faster if I could.

This rosemary was about the size of my thumb when I planted it. Now it’s taken over and covers a bunch of bulbs. I whacked it back last fall but you can’t tell.

I love all the daffodils but these are my favorites.

Daffodils

Just a quick update. I’m still working on Book #3. I have a cover. I feel like I’m behind but I’m also determined. Still on track for late summer release.

This week the NYT Food section included an article about using quarter sheet baking pans. I already discovered this. We got one of these bundled with a bigger sheet pan – which as already a life-changing addition to the kitchen. I thought the small one was stupid and I was wrong. We use it ALL THE TIME. For everything. Today I used it to toast walnuts that I was putting in cookies. We have bought one for my mother-in-law, my mother, and my sister. My mom said she loves hers, too.

We love the big one, too. We roast so many vegetables.

February Update: All the latest which isn’t much.

I am still plodding along. Wish I could write faster but I have a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes. Still on track for a late summer release.

I gave up all non-essential Internet for the month of January including signing out of all my social media. I suppose from a marketing standpoint that’s not a great approach but from a sanity standpoint it was brilliant. I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to nuke my Twitter or what.

I also unsubscribed from all my discount and free book promotion sites. Who can resist cheap books? I can’t. I will probably cave and resubscribe eventually.

Last night a cat wandered into the garage while my husband was doing something. He went to the basement and the cat startled him and he yelled. Poor cat crawled under the bed and meowed pitifully while refusing to come out. I was down on my hands and knees making friendly, encouraging sounds but that cat wasn’t going anywhere.

We finally moved the bed and it shot out and zoomed back up the stairs and into the night. I did not recognize this one. I hope it found it’s way home.

That’s the update for now.

It’s December Already

Hey Friends — just in case anyone is checking on me here.

I’ve got a bunch of family stuff going on that’s slowing my progress so I don’t think I can get you a book (Crooked Rock #3) until late next summer. I’ve got a couple of chunks of Arnie and Linda’s book (Crooked Rock #4) so hopefully that one won’t take another 10 months to get out.

I’ve got a long car ride in front of me tomorrow to see the family. I’ve got a bunch of podcasts queued up.

I’m a longtime gymnastics fan and I listened to GymCastic for the first time when Kathy Johnson Clarke was a guest. Since then I’ve become a fan — they are SO funny. I feel like I should make a recording of Jessica’s laugh to listen to when I need a boost. She and Spencer will be my guiding light tomorrow on the road.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope all your wishes come true.

Indigenous Peoples Day

Last weekend I went out of town to visit my folks and soak up some fresh mountain air before the weather goes bad and road trips are no fun. My mom would tell you that the air wasn’t that fresh because there was some fire training going on but I thought it was fine.

For Indigenous Peoples’ Day we went to Ashland, Oregon to see, Off the Rails a play written by an NDN playwright about Indian boarding schools and tribal people the Old West. Great performances — lots of natives in the cast. There was humor and music to offset the more terrible parts. It was powerful seeing it in a room filled with native people. I recommend.

And the Goodreads book giveaway is still on. Enter here. I’m doing a terrible job of promoting it so your chances of winning are good.

Lovesick Braves Giveaway

If you’d like to be in the running for a free paperback of Lovesick Braves, click over to Goodreads and enter the giveaway.

This is an early view of the sunflowers. They are now all dried up and I keep thinking it’s time to pull them up but every time I look back there, I see birds going to town. The dead sunflowers remain for now.

Right now I’m on track to have Book #3 Still Untitled out in May 2018.

Back to work.

Paperback Available

Vendome Station, Montreal

Paperback is available! You can get it from Amazon. Or from Createspace. (Technically, still Amazon.) If you buy your books elsewhere you should be able to order using my name and the title. If you run into a problem, drop me a note and I will do my best to help.

I’ve got a Goodreads free book giveaway starting in a few days. I’ll link when it starts.

Arms of Steel

Turns out planting a tree in the middle of our lawn is harder than we thought. The lady at the nursery warned us that the ground would be hard at the end of the summer so we’ve been watering that spot all week.

Yesterday I did phase one and was quickly dismayed by how hard the ground was. It wasn’t impossible but it took a lot of effort. I dug up all the grass part (it may be dead but it’s a thick layer of root ball) and chopped up the dirt as best I could before my arms turned into noodles. I watered it again.

This morning did phase two and worked in a bunch of the soil conditioner and chopped away until it resembled a nice pile of dirt. Then I put that baby in.

This is supposedly a fast growing fig. We’ll see if it grows fast enough for me.