Editing: Approaching the Light

October 5, 2017 by - 4 Comments

Writing a novel is sometimes like walking down a long, dark hallway with a brilliant light at the end of it. Today I feel empty. While editing this new novel, I took my longest walk to get to the end. I’m not saying the book is profound or important, only that writing it is always …Read More

Tuesday Photos: Pumpkins as Promised

October 3, 2017 by - 1 Comment

  Feeling grim about my lost decorating energy, I challenged myself (and you!) to do a little something for fall and Halloween. Here are my pumpkin, mum, and porch decorations. If you’re buying chrysanthemums, make sure they’re well watered. The two giant ones I bought were on the dry side and I spent 30 minutes …Read More

Writing Mercies

September 25, 2017 by - 6 Comments

  I had so many hopes for today’s blog. But here it is after midnight, and I’m only now getting a post together. And that’s with a list on my desktop of things I plan to write about. The truth is that I took today off work, for the most part. Which means I started …Read More

A View From the Porch Kind of Writing Day

September 15, 2017 by - 8 Comments

  Today was a porch kind of day. It’s September, right? So the weather is a bit schizophrenic. The a/c has been running non-stop during the day, and when I made the decision to take the day off from working out, I put on leggings and a long-sleeved tee. Sometimes I feel like I’m being …Read More

Daily Handbasket: Trouble’s Coming…

June 7, 2017 by - 4 Comments
Sylvie hunting from the safety of the bathroom window

  Usually in the months between finishing one novel and beginning a new one, I write at least one short story, and some non-fiction. It feels important to me to flex my writing muscles in other genres and forms. (But don’t expect any poems, okay? It’s for your own safety.) This spring I wrote a short …Read More

Daily Handbasket: Really Big News Edition!

May 23, 2017 by - 11 Comments

  Guess what?! Don’t worry, I’m not really going to make you guess. I’ve been dying to share the news: One Last Secret, the novel I finished a couple of months ago, has found a home with Mulholland Books in both the US and UK!!!! Emily Giglierano at Mulholland is my new editor in the US, and …Read More