Wordless Wednesday: Venezia in Brooklyn

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 in news & muse, the world around me, travels, Wordless Wednesday

Venice in Brooklyn

In my garden: a little bit of Venice brought back to Brooklyn from my recent trip to that city set on water.

Semi-Wordless Wednesday: A morning message

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 in interviews, news & muse, novels & fiction, reviews + press, the world around me, Wordless Wednesday


Photographed outside my usual cafe one morning.

Hey, I’m deep in the weeds, dear readers. You know what that means: my To Do list is outweighing my Hours Available list. A quick overview of what’s been going on at Chez Art and Words this month:

~ I finished two Top Secret book proposals. Hint: If published, the subject matter of these books will make Thea very happy.

~ I received feedback from my literary agent on the first third of the Next Novel. Good news: she loved it! Now onto finishing up the rest of the manuscript. (Egads.)

~ Related to above: I’ve completed applications for 2016 writers residencies. After my crazy-productive fellowship earlier this year at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, I’m eager for more.

~ I helped out at the Slice Literary conference. My duties included social media, so I’ve a plethora of great notes that I plan to share here once I catch my breath. One highlight: a panel featuring agent Jeff Kleinman and publishing iconoclast Richard Nash.

~ Thea started school anew and is winding her way toward middle school. (Egads again.)

~ On top of all this, I’ve reluctantly accepted the inevitable: I’ll be having surgery on the foot I broke last year to take care of some pre-existing issues. So I’m feeling the weight of Things I Must Get Things Done before my mobility becomes limited. I’ll be in a walking cast for six weeks. Nor will I be able to drive. (No egads, just a big sigh.)

cover_girl_waits_with_gun_amy_stewart~ Despite all this, I do have some lovely things planned for here once the weeds are less cumbersome. An interview with my fellow Venice-obsessed author Alison MaMahon (THE SAFFRON CROCUS) is on the docks, along with reviews of Amy Stewart’s just-published historical romp GIRL WAITS WITH GUN, and Hannah Tunnicliffe’s food-centered novel SEASON OF SALT AND HONEY. (Many thanks to the lovely people at Touchstone Books and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with ARCs of these novels.)

~ In other blog news, as of this Sunday I’m planning to return to my first of the month Snippet Sunday excerpts. So I hope you’ll check back then. After all, aren’t you curious what I’m working on these days? I know I am. :-)


Wordless Wednesday: Flaming June in September

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 in news & muse, stuff I like, the world around me, Wordless Wednesday

flaming june

Photographed at the Frick Collection earlier this season. Even from a distance Leighton’s Flaming June really draws the eye.

Wordless Wednesday: The view beyond

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 in news & muse, stuff I like, the world around me, travels, Wordless Wednesday

View from Thomas Cole House in the Catskills

Photographed earlier this summer from inside the Thomas Cole House in the Catskills. What a view!

Wordless Wednesday: Crucified Clematis

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 in news & muse, the world around me, Wordless Wednesday


Photographed earlier this summer in the Blue House garden. I love the variety of greens and greys contrasting against the deep purple clematis.