Author of The Christmas Village and Return to Canterbury

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summer in Florida

It's the end of July and we're in the heart of the summer heat down here in Southwest Florida. Today it's actually a rather lovely rainy day and I'm enjoying an afternoon on the couch watching Live Free or Die Hard.

I'm originally from New England, and summer in Florida is kind of like winter up there - it's not so bad at first, but then it lasts just a little too long....We're not at that point yet, but ask me again in September....

But also like New England winters, Florida summers are a great time for writing because you're stuck inside more often. I'm currently working on my next book - finally gaining some momentum with it after a lot of delays. Such as moving into our new home; such as a trip back to New Mexico to finally arrange for the move of stuff we've had in storage there for three years; such as getting all that stuff put away in the new house (and giving away more than half of it!).

Celebrating an empty storage unit

I need some stability in order to get into the rhythm of writing - that's just the way I am. But I feel it happening now. They say that writers need to write every day, and I think that when you are new to it, that's true because it establishes the discipline that most of us don't have at first. But I also think that writing is like everything else in life - sometimes you have to give it a rest and go do other things for a while. Even though when I'm not writing I always feel like I should be, every time I've allowed myself a break from it, I've come back to it stronger than ever. That's how it feels now. Sometimes you have to give yourself time to miss something and then you can coming roaring back to it....

I'm using this blog more as a website where folks can come and check out my books and find updates about my writing, so I won't be be posting regularly here. But I am returning to regular blogging over at my original blog - I started that one years ago just for myself, writing about yoga (I'm also a yoga teacher) and life. When my books came out, I had to use the blog for book promotion, but I'd like to go back to my original intent now.

So pop over there for a visit anytime and stop by here for updates on news about The Christmas Village, Return to Canterbury and my next book, whose title I'm keeping under wraps for now.

Have a great summer!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tra La! It's May!

"Tra la! It's May!
The lusty month of May!
That lovely month when ev'ryone goes
Blissfully astray.
Tra la! It's here!
That shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts
Merrily appear!"

From "The Lusty Month of May" from Camelot, music and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe

It's MAY! Where is the year going? That's what I always wonder when May arrives; when it seems like the year just began a minute ago, but now it is about to be half over....

When we were kids, we had a record player - you know, one of those things with a turntable and a needle that you lower down ever-so-carefully onto your record, and the record spins and somehow, the needle against the turning record makes music! I know! Magic!!

When you think about it, in its day the record and record player were just as magical technology as being able to download songs to your cell phone is now....

Anyway, as children, we listened to the soundtrack from the original Broadway version of Camelot (the only one that counts in my book), starring Richard Burton as King Arthur, Julie Andrews as Guinevere and Robert Goulet as Lancelot. I listened to this record over and over and I think that even today if you were to quiz me, I'd be able to sing just about all the lyrics to not just this song, but the WHOLE musical.

The song is about  breaking out of winter doldrums into spring and letting loose. When the birds and the bees do their thing and love is in the air. And so it was for Guinevere in Camelot, though her own lusty thoughts brought things there to rather a bad end....

Down here is Florida, May is the end of what we call "season." Season is basically the first three months of the year when the snowbirds are here enjoying the beautiful weather. By the end of April they've begun to migrate back to their northern climes and by mid-May they are mostly gone. 

For those of us who stay behind, May is not so much a time of breaking free and making merry, as it is a time of regrouping and figuring out how we will make the hot and humid summer months feel a little less long.

I use my stuck-inside summer season for writing. So I hope to make good progress on my two book projects this summer. I'll keep you posted!