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A midweek blog post wasn’t in the plans, but when something leaps into my head … well, there it is. One difficult thing when writing is finding character names. Now, sometimes a person’s name is obvious. When I wrote Book 1, Lydia, Beryl, Sylvie, and Andy’s names flowed out of my fingers. That’s who they […]
For as much as I adore the English language, I can butcher it with the best of them. It usually happens that just as I’m in the middle of saying something really dumb, I hear it in my head and at that point, I can no longer back away from it. I’ve told you before […]
I love winter. I love snow. I love cooler weather. I love blankets. I love snuggling fur-babies. I love wearing sweatshirts. I love bright blue skies. I love blizzards. Really … I love winter. I’m not fond of ice and I’m not a fan of below zero temperatures. If I could have winter without those […]
This week I’ve spent a great deal of time in my head. It’s not a bad place to be at all, especially when the time spent there is used for dreaming, planning, and setting goals for the next year. Those things finally made it to paper and then into Evernote, which is when they became […]
When I was in high school, our youth group was one of the best social outlets for me in that small town. We met every week, of course, but that was where friendships were formed – relationships that are still strong today. Several couples co-lead the group with Mom and Dad through the years. Belva […]
We’re getting so close to the release of Book 20 – Love’s Surprises. Things are right on schedule for December 25th. And don’t forget, there will be a Christmas short story released on January 1st, too! It’s strange to be caught up in the wondrous craziness that is the Christmas season when the book that […]
Have I told you how much I love Bec Schreiber and the way she draws my cats? My nammynools are so much fun and she ‘gets’ them. This is as close as any of them will get to a Christmas tree. That’s Grey climbing up the side of it. She would hardly be able to […]
As I wrote the final chapter in Book 20 last night (yeah – I thought I’d just lead with that – voila! I’m right on target), I flashed back to November, 2012. I was eight months from finishing my Master’s Degree and had spent the previous four months trying to figure out what was. I […]
Being posted on social media right now Me too. .……… If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. Copy/paste. I’ve been uncomfortable since I posted “Me Too” on my Facebook page. Really uncomfortable. There […]
This has been a terrific week. Now, to be honest, most weeks are pretty awesome, but the week after I publish a new book is filled with generous words from you and it fills my heart. One difficult thing for me, though, is responding in kind to your outpouring of love. ‘Thank you’ never seems […]
Capture Your Memories: A Journal
Capture Your Memories in this little journal. It offers a great deal of flexibility, as you can write when you wish and simply date the entry. Prompts to encourage your memory are scattered throughout the journal along with pages for you to be creative, whether you draw, doodle, write or use them to paste in memories or photographs.
Books are Life: A Reading Journal
Books are Life! Those of us who consume them find that reading is nearly as important as breathing. In this journal you will find room to record your favorite authors, series and even quotes from your favorite books. Pages to record important information about the books you read also offer prompts that will encourage you to dig in and think.
I come from a family of story tellers. As long as I can remember, we’ve been laughing and crying at stories that we tell each other. These have been the way that we remember our history and the way we deal with our present. The future? It’s simply a story waiting to happen.
My father was a pastor and his sermons were filled with illustrations and stories. My grandparents and my parents were always using tales of their lives to keep others entertained and my siblings and I continue to do the same thing.
Max Muir Photography
The cover images for the Bellingwood series have all been shot by my husband, Maxim M. Muir. I am very fortunate to be able to have exquisite photography available to me. I get the best photographs any person could ask for.