Thursday, August 25, 2016

Let's Go Fishing

A Fishing Surprise is still in print and available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Find great reads including my title in SCBWI Summer Reading List:  Too Good To Miss

Here is the link:   Click on the WEST to find A Fishing Surprise.

Summer Reading List - Look for West - Washington Division

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My garden...
Lushly ripening story ideas just right for wee gardeners.


A Savory Book Shop To Visit

Here is a magical for the mind!  Green Bean Books in Portland, Oregon
Walk into this magic bean shop and you will want to stay and explore for a very long time.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Ideas found and one more reason I need an agent!

Some days a simple walk with the dog presents an idea that grabs onto my creative brain and refuses to leave. I'd love to chat with this sign bearing character in the world of stories.  Signs ... I need to paint one for myself:  Children's Book Agent Needed - Inquire Within.

The world is surely my "possibility place".  Everyday, I my brain is set on "wide open" collecting story snippets and ideas much like a baleen whale sifts the sea for savory delights.  My collection of story possibilities is overflowing. Thank you world!

And, as a matter of fact, my file of stories waiting for their chance of publication is reaching epic proportions.  I need an agent! I still feel like I am playing the lottery in the challenge of agent quest even after hours of reading bios, interviews, tracking agented titles, and targeting my submissions.

Dear Agent,
Wherever you are out there...I would love to find you, just as I found this tree in this wonderful sea of life.  Maybe you could wear a sign for me too: Children's Book Author Needed - Inquire Within.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cookies with a what were the exact directions?
These Ginger Chocolate Molasses Cookies will knock your socks off!
Anyone at our house will tell you that this cookie concoction will make music on your tongue. For anyone who savors GINGER, nutmeg, GINGER, cinnamon, GINGER, cloves, GINGER, coffee, and GINGER and chocolate all in one little bundle, this is the secret to happiness.   I often have one of these delights ..."underway"... eating one corner and savoring another corner for later.  Just tuck one in a baggie inside the cookie jar and keep working on it over a day or two.  This cookie has a history that goes all the way back to my husband's youth.   It was time to consult the oldest sister and the conversation went something like this...

Was it mom or grandma that baked the best ginger cookies?  You know the ones, they were chewey on the inside and sugared and crispy on the outside.

Was it the gingersnap recipe resurrected from the old recipe treasure chest or how about the one from the worn Good Housekeeping Cookbook.

Did mom make this recipe or was it Grandma?

Why did Grandma always keep her cookie jar way up high on the refrigerator?

If you like them crispy on the outside, here is my best technique....and so the conversation went until I intervened and came up with an internet model recipe that was quite good, if I do say so myself.

Well, with a little editing here and some more ginger there, a pinch of flax, and coffee, and plenty of ginger and chocolate, success was achieved.  Now, our cookie jar is full of deep, dark, ginger cookie heaven.  Here are a few snaps of my husband creating his glorious and satisfying goal of the "best ginger cookie ever", and I assure you, Mom or Grandma would not recognize them as their own.  My husband says this recipe is all about the texture, scent, and appearance of the cookie in process...a little on the scientific side of life.

Passing thought ... Is it true that memories are changed and reworked the more we relive and retell them?  Well, I think in this instance that thinking is correct. Now, this is one memory that I savor regardless of any similar taste sensation of the past.   Visitors who drop by, check out our big glass cookie jar almost immediately upon arrival, and well the rest of the story is ... another batch will soon be on the way.

Heron Rookery In Nearby Wetlands

Nature at work before our eyes.  Herons in their rookery.

Life is full of surprises...
It turns out that Harry and Henrietta Heron are more than just a couple, but one couple among many in the wetlands not far from our home.  We had no idea their numbers were so great. 

What a fine spring sight to see these often solo fliers tending and repairing their nests high in the scraggly alder treetops.

We are eager for the a wild celebration in the pond below once these babies emerge and learn about their world.  

A mother's is a long way down!

Heron WebCam at Cornell Lab
Great Blue Herons nesting at Cornell Lab

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Between Books

Between books ...

Beginnings ...

Choice ...

Research ...

Serendipity ...

Go for it ...

Let go ...

Create ...

Dig deep ...

Hmmm ...

Building momentum ...

Secure time ...

Mind play ...

Yes ...


Philosopher's Moment

Visiting Joseph's Priestley's Electrical Machine
At The Spark Museum Bellingham, WA

Parlor entertainment in the 1700's
Serious research for Joseph Priestley