Merry Yule: 2016 Year in Review

In the Pagan tradition I walk, Yule, or the winter solstice, is all about rebirth. It’s a turning point, much as New Year’s Eve marks a turning. We say goodbye to the old and open our arms to the rebirth of the sun. The longest night of the year holds within it a spark of […]

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The Season of Stillness

The sky is a sea of gray clouds, sun fighting to peek through. The sun sets early, streaks of orange and pink a reminder of summer fire. The trees are bare, roots stretching deep into the earth. My husband and I leave a jazz concert, our bodies and minds and hearts alive with the thrill […]

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A Thanksgiving offering

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I feel like today’s post should offer some profound insight into the nature of gratitude. But I’m not sure that I can do that with a blog post. Still, I wanted to offer something as the Wheel of the Year turns, as late autumn is about to give way to early […]

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Turning inward in the search for the creative spark

Perhaps it is that late autumn is a period for introspection, for turning inward, but I feel that I am starting to ask the right questions. Not, “Is who I am today who I was meant to be?” (which is what I would’ve asked a few years ago), but “Is who I am today who […]

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Summer Grillin’

Last fall, for hubby’s birthday, I bought him a grill. We moved into our house last August, so this is the first time we’ve been able to have a grill. And this summer that thing has paid off. We used it last night, when my in-laws came over for a cookout, and tonight we’re making […]

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Inspired by the Storm

I’ve been obsessed with storms lately. I blame my current WIP, White Wolf, Red Cloak, a contemporary fairy tale retelling that takes place in the Great Smoky Mountains in the middle of what the media has dubbed the Storm of the Century, a wicked blizzard that leaves the characters snowbound in a log cabin. As […]

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Summer in full swing…

Summer has arrived here in the Virginia mountains. Last night we went to a festival on the lake, sat on the in-laws’ sailboat and watched the fireworks over the water. I spent yesterday afternoon sitting in the shade on our patio, reading Story Engineering by Larry Brooks and taking notes on plot structure. I’ve realized […]

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Fairy Stone: ROW80 Sunday Check-In

Yesterday, hubby and I planned to hike up to a local waterfall. But the site is so popular that when we got there in the mid-morning, the small parking lot was overflowing with cars. Our well-laid plans thrown aside, we decided to go for a little drive and wound up at Fairy Stone State Park, […]

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Winter Seeds

This might be my least favorite time of year. The holidays, with their glittering lights and brightly colored packages, have passed. Here in Southwest Virginia, the sky is often gray, the air icy cold. We haven’t really had much snow so far to brighten things up, so we’re left with cold rains and fog. I […]

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ROW80 Round 4 Goals

It’s the season of caramel apples, brightly colored leaves, and pumpkin…well, pumpkin everything. And it’s also time for the final 2015 round of A Round of Words in 80 Days, the writing challenge that knows you have a life. For those who aren’t familiar with it, participants set their own goals and then make weekly […]

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