October musings

For several years now, I’ve considered October to be my creative new year, the time when I assess where I’ve been, where I’m at, and where I hope to go. The past few months have definitely brought this kind of thought process to the fore. In July, I turned 50. I’m proud of the many…Continue reading October musings

Red, white, and sew

When I’m between writing projects, I need to keep busy. I just finished a draft of a novel I’ve been working on for a while (woo-hoo!) but am not ready to dive into a new one. So I dug out my sewing machine and tackled some projects I’ve been putting off. This one I’m particularly…Continue reading Red, white, and sew

Cozy Gras

Mardi Gras 2021 was unlike any other. Because of the coronavirus, parades and parties were canceled, bars shuttered, and popular streets were blocked off to prevent gatherings. Even Mother Nature conspired to keep us home, giving us the coldest Mardi Gras since 1899. I couldn’t help but feel a little blue during Carnival season, especially…Continue reading Cozy Gras

New year, old problems

Like everyone else, I was glad to say goodbye to 2020. But 2021 begins by reminding us that there’s work to be done. Lots and lots of work. Last year laid bare so many problems. This year, we need to fix them. In December, I was diagnosed with a particularly nasty little skin cancer. I…Continue reading New year, old problems

Solo retreat, 2020 style

In the middle of July, I took a 3-day solo writing retreat. I love the Mississippi state park cabins because they’re cheap, air-conditioned, and secluded. I’m more interested in glamping than roughing it, especially when I’m tackling a difficult revision, and this was perfect. After wiping all surfaces with disinfectant and rewashing the dishes and…Continue reading Solo retreat, 2020 style