Or an old barn filled with tobacco, air-curing . . .
In the geometry of stacked wood for the coming winter. . .
And the brilliance of a quilt for a much-anticipated child . . .
I've been blogging almost daily since December 26th, 2007 and this makes my 2,000th post. I've talked about the writing life, the books I read, the farm, the garden, critters wild and tame, food and folklore, recipes and rainfall. And I've shared with you photos of all the things that catch my eye, from irises to bubbles on boiling eggs to abandoned school buses and scenes from my (rather limited) travels.
I don't intend to stop.
Thanks to all of you, whether you stop by often or only now and then. These blog friendships are a delight to me.
But that's another post for another time. xox, Vicki
Katy is an artist with words as well as with watercolor and her observations on the passing months are a pleasure to read.
The illustrations are utterly charming in their simplicity . . .
And, of course, there's room for your own words -- garden notes, journaling, poeticizing, philosophizing -- wherever inspiration leads you.
I've been enjoying Katy's blog for some time now and, having discovered that we share many interests, we've become blog friends, separated by a continent. Last year, after I'd gone all fan girl about her painting, Katy sent me this lovely book and I've been enjoying it month by month -- such a lovely gift!
I was happy to see, as I thought ahead to some Christmas and birthday gifts, that the book is aailable on line at various places,....
(Disclaimer: this book was a personal gift, not a copy sent in hopes of a review. But I thought some of you fellow flower lovers out there might be interested...)
June 1o - Speaking at a luncheon at Montreat College Library
June 25-July 1 -- John C. Campbell Folk School. I'll be teaching A Practical Guide to Writing Popular Fiction. Your novel starts here with this intense, week-long class. We will focus on writing realistic dialogue and creating characters that move through and interact with a fully realized setting. We will discuss different approaches to plotting, tricks for building suspense, means of ensuring continuity, and the avoidance of info dumps. We'll also talk about forming or joining critique groups, the ins and outs of self editing, agents and how to query them, as well as the various publishing alternatives available today. All levels welcome. Link to JCC HERE.
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I'm the author of The Elizabeth Goodweather Full Circle Farm Appalachian Mysteries from Bantam Dell. The series includes SIGNS IN THE BLOOD (LA MONTAGNE DES SECRETS in France), ART'S BLOOD, (LE SECRET DES APPALACHES in France,) OLD WOUNDS,IN A DARK SEASON (Anthony Nominee, Best PBO), and UNDER THE SKIN. There's also THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS (a spinoff/standalone)chronicling the unexpected life story of Miss Birdie, one of Elizabeth's neighbors.
Currently I have just completed a historical novel, dealing with a massacre in my county during the Civil War.
I came to this weird business late (my first novel was published in 2005) and am still trying to figure it out.
As my novels are set in a place much like my real life home, I thought I'd use this blog to share pictures of our farm and county. I've been blogging for nearly nine years now, on an almost daily basis, and the topics have ranged from writing, chickens, food, books, quilts, flora and fauna of all sorts, to the occasional tiny rant. There's no plan, but there are lots of pictures.
There's more information about me and my books on my web site: http://vickilanemysteries.com/