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It always seems as if the moment I have a million things to accomplish, my brain insists that I write one more new story. Crazy brain. Sometimes it’s easier to just acquiesce. My mind is consumed with Bellingwood characters. Right now, while I’m editing and formatting Book 18 – Just Around the Bend, I have […]
I love writing these short vignettes. Even though they aren’t long drawn-out stories about the characters that surround Polly and her family, they are wonderful glimpses into the moments of people who are just living their lives in Bellingwood. Vignettes are published in the newsletters which arrive in your email inbox on the 25th of […]
Book 18 – Just Around the Bend flittered across the digital universe to editors / proofreaders last night. Ahhhhh … For the first time in two weeks, I slept more than a few short hours last night – like nine and a half hours. I felt like a normal human being today. It didn’t help […]
Yeah, yeah, yeah … I’m supposed to be working, but a new book just showed up on my front door step and I can barely contain myself. Have I mentioned lately how much I love words? Oh my goodness, but they make me happy. (okay, whoops, I was totally gone there for about thirty seconds […]
After five distinct pieces of information came at me today regarding the importance of words we use, it suddenly occurred to me that the message was bigger than just taking it in and moving on. My mind began spinning through memories, thoughts, impressions … and well … words. The first was a post about a […]
I love my life. I love it so much. I’m a lucky girl. But wow, this crazy schedule that I’ve set for myself wears me completely out a few weeks every quarter. I’m in the middle of a big push to finish Book 18, get the title and cover worked out and the book off to […]
April 25 – 29 The Kindle Version of the Boxed set containing the first three books in the Bellingwood series is free right now. “Delightful … charming … captivating … addictive.” Meet Polly Giller, a young woman who comes home to Iowa after living in Boston, to renovate and restore an old school building and […]
My Kindergarten Sunday School teacher’s name was Eulalie Bryant. After all these years and multiple churches and towns, I still remember this amazing woman. Every Sunday, she gathered her little class around – Mrs. Bryant on a chair and all of us on the floor in front of her while she told stories. I was […]
We’re all friends here, right? I had all sorts of good intentions yesterday. There is so much to do before the newsletter comes out on Tuesday morning (have you signed up for it yet?). I wanted to hang out with people on the FB page and talk about their cute fur-beasts. I even had a […]
There was a day when I was young and naive about what to pray for when it came to asking God how to be a better person. I was a pretty good kid. I didn’t fight with my parents, I didn’t drink or do drugs, I was a good student … on and on. I […]
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.