Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I’m thankful for my friends, family — and you, my readers. Thank you so much for sharing and passing the word about my novels, for leaving reviews, for contacting me with your thoughts, for your support — for being people who read! I love know ing you’re out there. You’re… Read More Happy Thanksgiving from the Writing Desk (or rather, the kitchen counter)
“… I’m starting to gear up for the more public side of the authorial life. This is the part that gets my anxiety cranking, because although I’m a well-socialized introvert, I am not — no way, no how, not in a million years — a public speaker. Yee gads, hell NO.”… Read More Public Speaking: Practice Makes Perfect?
However many years she lived, Mary always felt that she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow. — Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden The other day I was talking to my writer buddy, A, about the usual thing: how behind I am on my work-in-progress (which is to… Read More Crazy Gardening Lady: A Revelation
Acceptance of one’s life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices. –Paul Tournier Last week I experienced a quiet moment of epiphany. I’m one… Read More Resignation Versus Acceptance
Yesterday I visited my favorite local coffeeshop, Driftwood Coffee, to splurge on an iced mocha. I love walking there with my dog on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The shop is a feast for the eyes because of the way the owner has decorated it. An old ladder hanging along the ceiling festooned with lights and dangling trinkets,… Read More Moonstones and Intuition
I’ve always been a bit on the fringe in my thinking. My whole life, I’ve ignored rosy-tinted glasses in favor of wide-eyed realism, which, let’s face it, often seems dark to those who live in their rosy-tinted glasses. I’m sure this is part of the reason I write mysteries rather than, say, romances. So many… Read More Life As a Shadow Spinner
I love writing crime fiction, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I falter before writing police procedural scenes. Part of the fun of reading mysteries, of course, is to delve into the “whodunnit” aspect of the story. Interestingly, in reading and in writing, I’ve found that I don’t care about the who as much as… Read More The Goats of Lahinch: A Lesson in Novel Research
If all the world’s a stage, as Shakespeare wrote for “As You Like It,” then isn’t one of the best impromptu stages a good old-fashioned coffee shop? If you’re a cafe lover like I am, then you know that all kinds of characters in all kinds of life costumes walk on and off the cafe… Read More All the World’s a Coffee Shop
So much has changed since I last wrote — what a whirlwind! I last wrote three months ago while in the midst of home-buying and manuscript-finishing craziness. Stress, thy name was Lisa Alber. Here’s an image of my view at this moment … hold on a second, I’m taking the picture now … This is… Read More Sunday at Home with a Procrastinating Novelist
Was it only last week that I wrote a blog post about being a terrified first-time home buyer? Seems like a lifetime ago. After I wrote the post my offer on a house was accepted! Since then, I’ve done my best to remain objective because there ARE other houses that would be just as good… Read More What Is Success Anyhow?