I love this time of year! Although it’s tough to let go of summer, the tiny chill in the air signals the beginning of nature’s grand finale before winter. Soon enough, gorgeous leaves will line our path everywhere we go! It never loses its magic for me. Apple picking, pumpkin spice coffee, ghost stories…autumn is one of my favorite seasons! This transitional time (along with the new waxing moon this week) ushers in all sorts of new beginnings.
One of my favorite new beginnings is the back to school rush (moment of silence as all my teacher friends curse me). The summer haze burns off and people get smarter! Students are busy making new friends (and stirring up new dramas), and day by day they become way more fabulous/interesting people in the world mix with all their newly acquired knowledge and skill. Oh I miss school…running across campus to make it to my classes (always at least 5 minutes late)…daydreaming about past and future mischief…staying up all night reading and writing papers. I guess not much has changed, just now it’s racing to work (always at least 5 minutes late), daydreaming about how I can prevent my offspring from one day making the same or worse mischief than I did, and staying up all night to research and write my first book.
Anyway, I digress. Autumn is the time to get to work and make stuff happen! Though the shorter days make me ever so sad, the early darkness ends the summer temptation to be outside every second, and that means more time behind the screen to write. I cannot wait to share my first novel with you all. Big shout out to The White Stripes. Seven Nation Army is the fire to my gasoline this week (and most weeks, actually). If you’re gonna write about kicking some serious A$$, you have to get fired up with the right tunes. Whatever your autumn urges may be, hang onto these last few sunny days of August, enjoy your long weekend, and then take September by the horns and do something awesome!!!!
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It’s summertime, and that means there’s an island escape with my two favorite boys in my future! Before my toes hit the water and my ass hits the sand (Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett are about to get some serious air time), I must give a much needed, overdue update to all my friends out there.
My research for Book I and the entire series continues. I can’t get enough ancient history, classical mythology, and literature. It provides amazing inspiration for my writing. In the past few months, I’ve digested just a few giants including Myth in Human History (Voth) and Classical Mythology (Vandiver). I’m finishing up Ovid’s Metamorphoses before I go, and I have Homer’s Iliad and Hesoid’s Works and Days all queued up!
Sunshine, lack of responsibility, and time with loved ones is a coveted recipe that we only seem to get right once or twice a year. When I get it right, I soak in every drop of goodness. In spending precious time away, my husband and I inevitably step back from our lives as if we are outsiders for a short time. We reflect on all we’ve done right, on all we still want to accomplish, we tend to our wounds, gear up again, and return to our destinies with fresh energy, passion, and inspiration. Vacation brings us back to life, rejuvenates us, inspires us, and helps us to harness our own magic again. I cannot wait to see where it takes us this year!
Now go find some sunshine, crank up your soundtrack, and reconnect with your own magic!
Adios, and vaya con Dios!!!
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Spring is in the air! Well…actually, it was a frigid 9 degrees this morning. BUT we “spring forward” tomorrow and it’s supposed to be 50 degrees! I’ll take it!!!
Epic ideas are flowing from mind to page! Thank you caffeine and Pandora radio (Foo Fighters station) for the fuel!
Happy Friday! Happy (almost) spring! And, as always, happy reading!!!
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Are you a Pinner? Don’t forget to check out my novel-centric Pinterest boards. I’ve been having lots of fun collecting historical and magical tidbits that relate to my seven-book series. So go check them out if you’re curious and want to learn more about the ancient Etruscans, Diana the huntress, Invidia, and the historical origins of witchcraft.
Have a fabulous week everyone!
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I’m marinating in a stew of creative ideas this morning. Book I, the first in my seven-book series, is well underway! Oh, I wish I could share…. there are so many things I want to talk about, but I have to keep my mouth shut!!!! One word… EPIC!
Creating a story from a tiny seed of inspiration, and looking back and seeing how much it has evolved, taken on a life of its own, and has begun to live and breathe outside of your mind is nothing short of exhilarating. It is a lot of hard work, but there is nothing I’d rather be doing. Whenever we create something, we are projecting our cognitive ideas out of our minds and into the world. When we create, we bring thoughts and ideas to life. That is pure magic.
What is your creative outlet? Please share in the Comments section below. Whatever it is, make sure that you take some time to pour yourself into it and make some magic!
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My FAQs page is finally up!
Writing a book is such a major process that involves all your resources–mental, physical, and emotional to name a few. But it would be really easy for me to just trudge on with planning my seven-book series, writing and editing Book I of that series, and forget to acknowledge all that has gone into it. Answering these questions was fun, therapeutic, and has also reminded me of a valuable lesson: we should always reflect on our accomplishments, acknowledge our hard work, rediscover all the highlights, and swim in them for a bit as we celebrate small goals and major milestones!!!!!
If you’re interested in diving a little deeper into my novel-writing process, check out my new FAQs! And please share your own insights and experiences in the comments section below.
Happy reading and novel writing!
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