Visions of Sugarplums…

As we approach the holiday season each year, I am filled with a surge of emotion as I think of all of the blessings that have been heaped upon me in the passing months. 2016 has been a particularly wonderful year for our family, but also for me personally, as I am finally able to mark off an item that’s been on my bucket list since the age of, oh, four.

I am so excited to be near the final stages of preparation for the release of my first novel, Don’t Ask Me to Leave. This project has been in development for a long time, so seeing it come to fruition is an amazing experience.

The seed for the novel was planted all the way back in July 2002, when my husband and I first stood, hand-in-hand, in front of a congregation filled with family and friends and uttered the words that Ruth spoke to Naomi. We take our marital vows very seriously, and they are precious words to me.

In 2011, when I was contemplating a topic for NaNoWriMo (November is National Novel Writing Month), I wondered what it would be like if Ruth lived in today’s time. Would she still say the same words to Naomi? What would happen? From that line of thought, Don’t Ask Me to Leave was born.

I wrote the novel and “won” NaNoWriMo…and then promptly shelved the project, not to return to it for four long years. I’m not sure what made me decide to dig out the binder, but I’m so happy that I did.

Over the next few months, I’ll be releasing teasers here and there leading up to the release of the novel. I’m excited to have you along on the journey.


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NaNoWriMo – Are You In? #amwriting

nov1Who’s participating in NaNoWriMo 2016? I am! It’s not too late to get started. Signing up for an account at http://www.nanowrimo.org is easy and free. The goal is to get to 50,000 words in 30 days. I’ve got a good start–today’s total is 3,099 (and I still made pork chops and garlic macaroni at the same time, woo hoo)! If you are participating in NaNoWriMo and would like to join me for a “Write In” (virtually or in person if you’re local), let me know! Best wishes and happy writing!

Ugly Babies

We’ve all heard the old saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Never is that statement more true than when speaking of a new mother’s affection for her infant. A mother is able to overlook even the most glaring imperfections while cherishing her offspring, even when others notice immediately. By the same token, many of us allow the mother’s enthusiasm to do the same for us, softening our objections and allowing us to say, “Oh, but look at those cute eyes/mouth/toes.” This week in my English classes, we’ll be doing a writing exercise that I call Ugly BabiesContinue reading “Ugly Babies”

The Power of Reading

We’re on Fall Break this week. After a morning outside at the park, I took my kids by GameStop and let them each pick out a “new” game for our Wii console. Carson chose Mario Super Sluggers. Cameron voted for Need for Speed Version 1,000,001, or whatever it is, and Colton selected an F1 racing game. I expected them to spend all day today in front of the television, and I’d resigned myself to it. After all, I told myself, they don’t get to do it that often. But then, I walked by my daughter’s door and got a little surprise. Continue reading “The Power of Reading”