The Top Ten Ways I Celebrate Finishing a Book

KiteI’ve sent in the final round of edits for Lingering Touch where I let myself make changes. From here on out, it’s checking in with editors and looking over final proofs. That’s a lot more relaxing than hunting through the text trying to find any places where I can make the story stronger. I have to say, I think this is my best work yet.

Now it’s time to celebrate 😀 I thought I’d share what a party animal I am (not) by letting you in on…


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The Quickening Moon

Lantern Sunset

February is the most challenging month for me. I often spend it fighting off colds, with varying degrees of success. This year was no exception. The month usually passes as something of a blur.

I checked my planner today and saw that there’s a full moon tonight—one I haven’t written (or really thought much) about before. The full moon today is called the Quickening Moon. It warrants my attention. Quickening is a powerful word. It means that something is growing, and the speed of its growth is accelerating. Continue reading “The Quickening Moon”

Surround Yourself with Beauty

The hardest part of winter is the monochromatic palette. As the trees and grass settle into their slumber, everything becomes washed out in shades of gray, white, and black.


Winter absolutely has its own beauty—stark and clean. I can enjoy it better if I surround myself with color and reminders of the spring that’s yet to come.

My house maintains its festive look with colorful lights that might just stay up year round, even though the other holiday decorations have been tucked away. Salt lamps cast a golden glow in the bedrooms, making them feel warmer even on freezing days. Continue reading “Surround Yourself with Beauty”


I know of quite a few authors who’ve said that a certain actor or actress will keep popping into their head when they’re writing a particular character. Some go so far as to say they have a specific person in mind to play a character if their book is ever made into a movie.

My visions of my characters are usually a little nebulous, and I like it that way. I try to only share their strongest features so readers have a basic idea of what the characters look like and can envision them however they want to, in a way they’re best able to connect with. I still sometimes look for pictures to use as a reference, though, just to make sure “nebulous” doesn’t turn into “inconsistent.” Continue reading “Inspiration”