Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Book

I've finished writing book four of the Hall of Doors series. It's tentatively called The Secret Door. In this one, Sammy and her mother are going to move away from the house where Sammy has lived most of her life, away from the place from which she (with the help of the cats) has been able to "climb a moonbeam" to Princess Selena's castle. Naturally, she's upset. But Peaches the cat takes her up the moonbeam path for another adventure.

I won't give you all the details, but the story includes unicorns, as requested by granddaughter Maggie. It also includes the "wild and dangerous teddy bears" she wanted, except that these are more like bandit koalas. I did have to pass on the space aliens--I couldn't see any way to work them in:) There are some tense moments, but Sammy makes it safely home again with the possibility that she may be able to return.

For a brief synopsis of the first three books of the series, see my website at

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Catching Up

Looking over my old posts, which are few and far between, I see I left out a lot of important stuff. I had mentioned Joyce, my Chinese daughter-in-law-to-be. I'm happy to report that she FINALLY (!!) got her visa in June. She and Jeff were married on the fourth of July.

Later that month, brother Richard and I traveled to Colorado to visit my daughter Sarah and family. They recently moved from Fairbanks, AK to Fort Collins, CO. We got to help out a little while Sarah was in the hospital giving birth to Winter Rose.

Also in July, Anita Donihue and I finished editing our "Bless This Home" book and sent it off to the first publisher on our list. No response yet--I'm hoping no news is good news. Anita went on to work on another book, and I've been copy-editing for her.

September included a "visiting author" appearance at Oakville Library, as well as a Christian women's retreat in Easton, WA.

In between I tended the garden, and gave away or processed for storage a lot of food. Lots of peas and green beans went in the freezer. We were blessed with an abundance of tomatoes, which I finally picked green and brought inside to finish ripening. The cupboard is full of canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato jam, and dried tomatoes. Love that dehydrator. We'll eat well this winter.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Author Interview

Tomorrow, November 13, I'll be featured in an author interview on Hank Quense's blog.
Hank has a couple of books to his credit as well as many short stories, and also writes articles on writing. Feel free to pass this on to as many people as possible.