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May 2021

Hi, <<First Name>>!


Another month has come and gone - I hope you are well!

Spring is springing in Vermont - and just in time for summer! The Green Mountains are a lovely shade of, well, green, and Greg, Chessie and I just got back from our first camping trip of the season. I'll have a post about that on the blog early next week. Until then, I am sharing views from our hikes.

I'd love to hear what you have planned for this summer!

Inside this Issue:

About Writing
Queuing up June Reading
Upcoming Releases
The Cutting Room Floor
Thank you!


Muddling through the murky mire

I finished my last round of revisions as planned - YAY! - and am excited about where my story is headed. I woke up the other morning, with some new idea or plot twist playing in my mind, eager for a day of writing. Then, from out of nowhere came the thought – but what’s the point?

Wait! What?!?!?

The point is finishing the book and publishing, right? Right?!?!? Yes… no… maybe?...

Well… the point used to be writing for the joy of writing, learning, growing…

And so – it seems – I have skipped my way into the muddy middle of my project. Like any creative endeavor, we all start with visions of where our efforts will lead - books published, photos and paintings hanging in galleries - and we dive in because we love our art and feel inspired to keep creating. And it’s fun – really, really fun – until - we reach that stage in our learning where we understand there is still So. Much. More. To. Learn. It’s a murky place to be.

So – yes, I do want to publish some day, but that's not the point. I’m stepping into those duck boots and preparing to muddle my way through this mucky, muddy mire, and I’m going to have fun doing it.

That is the point. To be continued...


“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King
Let's call it homework, shall we?


As if I need more books - I just can't help myself! 

A Distant Grave by Sarah Stewart Taylor - to be released June 22. I loved The Mountains Wild and will be adding this to my reading pile for July.
"Lyrical, haunting, and impossible to put down... Absolutely do not miss this." ―Hank Phillippi Ryan

Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers - to be released July 13. Just when I thought I couldn't possibly add one more cozy series to my reading pile, I find this series debut. Libraries and murder, what more could I want?
"An enjoyable romp filled with old books, old friends, and just enough murder to keep you on your toes."
—B. B. Cantwell, author of the Portland Bookmobile mysteries


A word from our villain...

"There she is, strutting through the market talking to everyone - everyone! It's like she thinks she's a detective. That's fine - fine! Two can play this game. I'll make sure she's fed bad information and she'll look like the fool she is." (cackle)


I had fun and I hope you did too!


I've decided to put off my giveaway until the end of the summer when I will be ready to dive back into marketing and Instagram and all that goes with it. All current subscribers will still be eligible.

I always love to hear from you - do you have any plans for this summer? Book recommendations for me? Please hit reply and let me know!

(Alternatively, you can also use the Contact Form on my website.)

Until next month - be well!



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