Condo Life is Good

Hubby and I downsized to our 1250 square foot condo about eight months ago. Even with the “closeness” of being quarantined, condo life has been good. I’d been afraid that my little introverted soul wouldn’t like having so many neighbors close by, but I actually like the people-watching out my big living room window. We’ve also done some upgrades, like new countertops, a new backsplash and having the really dated kitchen cabinets painted. It feels like home!

Wedding Day

Though I had ALL KINDS of reservations about hosting a wedding in the age of coronavirus, the event did take place. Here I am with my fancy wedding hair. We are delighted to welcome our new daughter-in-law into the family (though truthfully, she’s been an unofficial part of it for a while now). Also great news: We made it safely out of the fourteen-day incubation period with no wedding guests getting sick. I’m sooooo grateful for that since one asymptomatic guest could have led to a very different outcome.

P.S. I get this question a lot, so I’ll answer it here: Yes, that is all my hair.

Artist Dates

I read Julia Cameron’s seminal work, The Artist’s Way, more than a decade ago. It was a life-changing book for me. It showed me that the brains of other artists work in the same quirky way mine does and that I wasn’t so different after all. It helped me to embrace the fact that I am a writer. She encourages readers of that book to take themselves on weekly Artist Dates–time alone to explore and refill the creative well. Many of my artist dates take me to the St. Johns river, which runs through downtown Jacksonville.

Celebrating Women’s Fiction Day

WF Day 2020

I’m a proud member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. On June 8, we’re celebrating the second annual Women’s Fiction Day. I’m both a writer and a book coach/developmental editor, so as part of the festivities, I’m giving away two gifts. I’ll choose one winner in each of the two categories shown below. Winners will be selected using a random number generator from among those who sign up for my newsletter from June 5 through June 10. You can sign up in both categories below. See the newsletter link for details.

For a reader: One copy of my debut novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE. A winner from the US can choose between a print copy or an e-book. An international winner will receive an e-book.

For a writer: Feedback on the first twenty-five pages of your women’s fiction, romance or mainstream fiction manuscript. Your pages should be sent between June 20 and June 22, 2020. I’ll provide feedback no later than June 28, 2020.

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The Truth About Love cover

Such a good book!

I can’t stop recommending this book to my fellow readers. It’s got such an interesting premise: At midnight each New Year’s Eve, Oona is transported to a different year of her life, but they are out of order. One year she could be twenty-seven and the next, she could be forty-two. The challenge is that she doesn’t control which year she’ll visit next and they are all out of order. Beyond this interesting structure, though, is a heartfelt exploration about what’s most important in life.

Oona Out of Order