My garden is becoming such a daily joy for me. I’ll work on EMBRACE THE POWER, then as soon as I’ve written a set number of words, I put on my straw hat and head outside to keep on Growing My Garden. Well, at least I can do that in the morning. But our daily highs have hit 95-plus, so I’m sorry to say I’ve given up my mid-afternoon gardening stretch. (Though, I have purchased a portable mister and I’m hoping I’ll be able to douse myself and maybe add the hot-hours back in…I’ll let you know!)
This past week, I bought two of the seven trees I plan to put in the backyard. Pictured here, these are young Indian Laurels, members of the ficus family. These trees have the wonderful ability to clean the air of pollutants and fill it full of oxygen. Their only downside is they don’t like it too far below 30 degrees and we occasionally get freezing temps in the Arizona desert. But we have ways of supporting the at-risk plants, so I’m not too concerned. I’ll have five Indian Laurels total, two of which I intend to keep at shrub width with a height of about 15 feet when they’re mature. Trees are awesome and can be pruned to size. Yay! I’ll also be adding two palo verde trees, the Arizona state tree, but I’ll have to find them in the right pot size. (I buy small in order to do all the work myself…love it!)
I thought it was time for an update on DH’s heart. As many of you know, my DH had a major heart attack in December. At the time, I had more than one medical professional tell me he shouldn’t have survived. But three-plus months later we got the best news and I wanted to share it here.
First, a little background. My DH is a very disciplined man. Before the heart attack, he rode his bike and walked on a regular basis (I should take lessons from him!) So when it came to following doctor’s orders, he was careful about his meds, taking his blood pressure and showing up for cardiac therapy.
I thought I’d share a little insight into my heroine, Queen Rosamunde of Ferrenden Peace. She’s lived a secluded life in the castle, a very lonely life for a thousand years. She serves the Nine Realms by keeping Margetta the Ancient Fae from getting hold of the power in Ferrenden by which she would be able to take over the world.
“Imagine Your Life…” That phrase came to me this morning as I was taking pics of my garden. I think of the phrase ‘Imagine Your Life’ as something very proactive and I’ve tried to do this all along the way, to see what I really want, to experience it, and to bring it into being if I possibly can.
I’m very excited about sharing the latest photos of my backyard progress because my sister was here and she helped me wrestle all these rocks and sand to the ground, literally. We would stack up the biggest rocks we dug up from the different holes and some of them were ridiculously large. It tells me this land was once a riverbed of some kind. There’s a wash about a quarter mile north and a major river(bed) a couple of miles south. When we picked this house, I noticed this portion of the development was on much higher ground than the bulk of the tract. Being cautious, I insisted on higher ground.
Hi, Everyone! As many of you know, I’ve been landscaping my backyard, really laying in the structure of the garden. So what do landscaping bones and paranormal romance have in common? The process of creating both, for me, is identical.
Landscaping is so much like writing one of my paranormal romances that I find myself amazed. But it also explains why I love writing the way I do and why I’ve taken to gardening. Each is the right kind of labor for me, requiring long-term vision though usually more patience than I possess, and the ability to keep seeing the garden or the book while I keep at the daily work on each.
Hi, Everyone! Paranormal romance and roses have a lot in common, especially watching the first roses of the season bloom in my yard.
I’m having a wonderful time gardening these days and as I sit in my yard, excavating new beds, buying plants and pruning my older shrubs, I find there are many parallels between tending a garden and writing a book. Mostly, you don’t get the beauty of the rose without a lot of consistent effort: weeding, pruning, mulching, watering and especially, waiting…uh, never my strong suit!
Hi, Everyone! What do woodlands and paranormal romance have in common? I suspect that if I went back and took a hard look at all my books, I’d find either a forest or woodland setting in each one of the story-lines. I’ve definitely found this to be true for the book I’m currently working on: EMBRACE THE POWER: A Paranormal Romance.
ONE THING I really try to do in my stories, is to vary the settings. We might be in the mountains in one scene, then boom, were by a lake. As people, we all need variety in our lives or I think we’d die of boredom in a very short time.
I recently realized that excavating is a tool for garden and story.
I began this massive landscaping project last year as I took on the task of digging into my rock-riddled earth and carving out what I hope one day will be a big, wild garden with trees and shrubs, with all kinds of bedding plants and seasonal flowers, and with roses and vine-covered lattices. I can see it all in my mind’s eye and can hardly wait to enjoy it!
Paranormal Romance and Gardening? Say What? Recently, I shared this personal story with my newsletter subscribers — what writing paranormal romance and gardening have in common — so, I thought I’d share it with you here as well.
Ah, this week’s gardening conundrum: I’d purchased the usual red bark to use as mulch around my plants. In desert gardening, mulch is a critical necessity to keep the water in the soil. But I noticed that five of my recently planted trailing purple lantana now have oddly discolored leaves, sort of a green-brown instead of a vivid green and all the flowers are gone. Now, I know from long experience that for lantana NOT to bloom would be like the sun deciding NOT to shine. It’s just not possible. I’ve grown suspicious, especially since all my older lantana is blooming like crazy.
Last Fall, I made plans to create the Amber Flame bracelet and here it is. I needed a change of pace so I studied how to make bead dangles and charm bracelets. I wanted something fun to do with my fingers that was also creative and that I might be able to tie into my different series.
It’s a lot of fun to make up some of the giveaways for my newsletter subscribers. My most recent one is a wolf charm bracelet in celebration of the release of AMBER FLAME. I worked hard to find just the right charms and I especially love the ‘flame’ charm that I located and ordered through Etsy! Yup, shopping is just plain fun, no matter what it’s for!