The Wheel Turns….

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 in muse, news + muse, the world around me


The Blue House garden in autumn. My little nook where I write in the mornings has been overtaken by the season. Bittersweet!  

‘Tis the season

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 in books + more, muse, news + muse, novels + fiction, queens + princesses, the world around me


Halloween at Blue House. Perhaps our favorite holiday!

Thus far this autumn I’m:

~ Taking a novel revision workshop with the Francesca Lia Block. Already I’ve learned much, which I’ve applied to revising Novels #1, #2, and #3. (Yes, there is a Novel #3 in the works!) Block’s novel revision method involves twelve questions she’s developed to cut to the heart of your story. Genius! Block is also an amazing line editor.

~ Incorporating research material from my recent trip to England into Novel #2, aka the Next Novel. A portion of the Next Novel is set on the moors of Shropshire. Guess where I traveled to? (More about this in another post.)

~ Preparing for the next stage of Bad Princess, whatever that may be. Still on the docket: the cover illustration and editorial feedback. Though the publication date is set for late 2017, it’s closer than it sounds—already my editor has requested material to prep the Scholastic Books team.

~ Getting my daughter adjusted to middle school, where she’s studying creative writing. For the first time in her eight years of education, she’s commuting. She’s a real city kid! So far, she loves her new school and has made lots of friends.


Fiction, meet Reality.
Photographed on the moors of Shropshire, where my novel is set. 

Happy autumn

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 in books + more, creativity, muse, news + muse, novels + fiction, publishing, queens + princesses, the world around me, travels


Updated studio chalkboard wall. The acronyms stand for books underway. (Mysterious me!)

First day of school. First official day back in the studio after a very full summer.

Time for everything to begin anew. :-)

Bad Princess garden cocooning

Posted on May 13, 2016 in books + more, creativity, muse, news + muse, queens + princesses, the world around me

As you can probably tell by my radio silence, I’m deep into my creative cocoon with Bad Princess. I’ve a June deadline, and a ton of loose threads to weave together. (Research, writing, design, and drawing, oh my!)


I’m pleased with how the book is coming together, but I’m at the stage where the only way out is through. In the meantime, I leave you these beauties from the Blue House garden.


I’ve been watching them emerge from the winter soil over the past few weeks.


Just as I will once this book is off to my publisher.

No filter

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 in muse, news + muse, the world around me


Can you believe this is Brooklyn? Photographed recently near my home.