Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Hello, all. I haven't been talking about my writing a whole lot lately considering the fact that this is supposed to be a writing blog.

There are a few reasons for that:

  • Talking about editing is kinda boring. Maybe I'm not being fair to the editing process. Maybe there are people out there absolutely riveted by it. But apparently I can't do it justice because I think its a kind of boring topic.
  • Talking about querying is kinda nerve racking. I've finished up my current revisions and put out a new round of query letters, and now I'm sitting at home, biting my nails, waiting for the results. And refreshing my inbox every five seconds. (Please, someone, email me! I don't care who you are!)
In an effort not to dwell upon the query letters that I have send out into the world, I did a few paintings. Sadly, I didn't take a picture of the armadillo sitting under a palm tree, sipping his fruity pink drink (yes, I really painted that). It was a present for someone who happens to love both armadillos and beaches.

But I can share my Tuscan Landscape with you. I'm really quite proud of it. It's about 1 yard by 1 yard in size, and I'm going to hang it up at work and make my work life a little prettier.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pretty Posies

My husband and I like to hike in the woods, and one of my favorite parts of these tramps is finding wildflowers in the forest.

After about 1.5 hours, this is the view we got!

My husband makes fun of me (in a teasing sort of way) for how excited I get about the pretty little flowers. He says I notice things about them that no normal person would notice. Or maybe I just describe the flowers in weird ways. For example, I said the below violet "has a pointed part like an elf hat". I don’t think I've heard too many people describe flowers that way.

I don't know if you can tell, but the back part is the "elf-hat" part.

Of course, we did see a flower called, "Dutchman's breeches" (they do look like those big, poofy Dutch pants) so flower people can't be entirely normal, and maybe my exuberance and weird descriptions is merely a symptom of being a flower person.

Whatever it is, I wanted to share a few of my flower photos. I have photos of flowers from pretty much every vacation we've been on and a lot of our hikes too (but I'll limit this post to my recent hike). I hope you think they're as pretty as I do.

After we got back, I found out this flower is called a "Red Trillium"

Trout Lilies. They have spotted leaves that look sort of trout-like.

More violets

Red Trillium again.

And, just for fun, here's my hubby throwing a rock.
A big splash followed. Fortunately, I wasn't in the line of fire.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A More Lizardy Dragon

A few weeks ago I posted a dragon I'd drawn, and I mentioned that I wasn't so sure about the beak-like head I put on my adorable, man-eating dragon.

So this week I've drawn a more lizardy head, and I think it might be better:

He's got a creepy little tongue flicking out and everything.

Although I've gotta say that my last drawing was probably cuter. Here's the drawing I did before making the painting I'd posted:

The flash reflected off the pencil lead in a few weird spots, but overall, I'd say she's cuter but less what I was aiming for.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Glorious and Grand New Zealand

Hi all,

I spent all weekend at the computer diligently making final (ha!) revisions so I'd be ready to send query letters for Dragon Bait out into the world.

Given that, I didn't make the time to write a blog post. Instead I'm going to leave you with one of my favorite photos I've ever taken:

One of the places I'd most wanted to visit was New Zealand, so when I got married I said, "You know what? We're going!"

And go we did. It was glorious. And gorgeous. And the people were very nice. Really, it was an all-round awesome experience.

So, of course, I can't just leave it at one photo. Here's three more:

This is me, looking like a crazy (but very excited) person in front of MOUNT DOOM (I hope you just read that in a very ominous voice because I feel it's necessary to set the tone.)

Gorgeous sunrise while we were out "tramping" (that's what they call hiking in NZ).