Leaving Time is the 70th book I've read in my journey to 100, and a story that beautifully weaves the story of elephants into the mystery of a woman's disappearance.
I was tired of comparing my real life to everyone’s highlights reels, feeling this tug-of-war between wanting to quiet the noise and wanting to contribute to it. So I did something about it. I took a break from digital media.
Everything goes dark as the car submerges completely, and my breath comes in short gasps. It’s all I can hear above the rushing river and the metal against glass as I continue my attempts at escape.
When I'm not writing, I'm reading. Here are some of the books I've loved the most.
I’m taking over Stewart Book Reviews, and you’re invited.
I really appreciate this article at Writing and Wellness about how I wrote The Road to Hope. If you've read this book, as well as the rest of the Hope series, you likely know it was based on a few real events from my life - including losing a child. Here's more on that: Writing … Continue reading Writing a Novel About the True-Life Loss of a Child
As a Sonoma County resident, I love reading books that are based around here. Some of the world's best authors have called Sonoma County their home, including Jack London and Jack Kerouac, who have both written about Sonoma County in their novels. That one time my kid thought I was one of the most famous … Continue reading 5 books set in Sonoma County
Recently, a writer friend asked me how I combat writer’s block. Before I share what I told her, let me just tell you that writer’s block doesn’t discriminate. I don’t care if you’re JK frickin Rowling, every author is afflicted with this curse. Case in point, I gave this friend my answer for battling writer’s … Continue reading 3 ways to combat writer’s block
This year, I set out to read 100 books. We are now almost 1/4 of the way through the year, and I’ve just reached the quarter mark of my reading goal with 25 books. To celebrate, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite books I’ve read this year. At the end, I’ll share … Continue reading 4 of my favorite books I’ve read this year (so far)
A few years ago, I was shopping at Trader Joe’s when I saw every parent’s nightmare unfold in front of me. A woman was gathering fruit from the bin while her toddler stood in the large part of the grocery cart. Without warning, the cart tipped and the toddler fell to the ground. The mother … Continue reading Inconvenient inspiration, and how to seize it before it slips away