Writing Date

I don’t typically write about my own writing in my blog so indulge me, if you will.

Today a friend who is a very accomplished author with wonderful habits and rituals came for a writing date. She explained how she infuses fun in her daily life and writing process. We visited for a while and she met my new puppy, Charlie. 💗🐶💓

Then we agreed to silent, dedicated writing time sitting side-by-side. We’ve talked about how writing alone shouldn’t be hard, but sometimes the focus isn’t there.

It was a lovely morning for so many reasons. I wrote the final draft of the back matter for a picture book and revised another book based on feedback I received over the weekend. Thinking about the ritual of writing and what makes it both gratifying and successful is now something I will consider as I write. I know this will impact my productivity and my enjoyment.

My new best friend

Today we picked up our new puppy and it’s the most incredible feeling. Three hours of cuddling on the ride home and our new boy and I were falling in love. The attachment process is magical.

We stopped at the pet store to pick up a few necessities and I’d forgotten how magnetic the draw of a new puppy can be. It was like traveling with a celebrity.  He rested in the cart as we checked out, because apparently being adored is exhausting!

He is adjusting well so far to his new home and is as smart as he is cute! Other than deciding on a name, I’m ready for this new adventure!

Missing Riley

My first blogpost. Still missing Riley and considering the idea of another dog.

A Picture, A Song, A Literary Quote

“The price we pay for love”

IMG_0003                                                 Today marks the one year anniversary of losing my sweet Riley.

If you have ever been greeted with a tail wagging so hard, you feel like you should harness the energy as a renewable resource.

If you have had the affection and cuddles that only a canine can provide, you understand.                                                                                                                                           …

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Melk Abbey Austria

Another throwback from a 2015 trip. Overlooking the Danube, this was Home to Benedictine monks for around 1000 years. The renovation to the Abbey was funded by the sale of their Gutenberg Bible (sold to Harvard University) and completed in1996. It continues today through tourism and agriculture. Definitely worth visiting for the architecture and amazing views of the village below alone.