Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Welcome to My Website!

Latest Book Updates: 

The Plus One is a companion novel to Keeping Christmas and is now available in ebook and print. For those of you who wanted Rachel to find love, this is her story! Click on the link up above to my books for adults to find out more.

People ask me what kinds of books I write, and I never answer with one genre because I love to write a little of everything! My middle grade books are not currently available *sad face* but my contemporary sweet romances are. You'll always find book updates at the top of this post so you know the latest!

What's coming next? How about the first in a zombie romantic comedy? Yup. Zombies. Not gross ones, though.

So pull up a chair and have a look around. You know where to find me if you need me.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Strollin' (Strollin'), Strollin' (Strollin'), Strollin' By a River

This week I got permission from my physical therapist to start exercising by walking on land (vs in a pool) occasionally for 20-30 minutes. So what did I do tonight on my fifteen-week post-op anniversary?

I walked on a paved river trail with my husband, about 2.5 miles. I wanted to get moving with my recovery since I set a goal to climb Mount Timpanogos next summer. (More on that in a different post.) 

I also wanted to break in my new running shoes. (Life-changing shoes--more on those later, too.)

Yes, that was ambitious.

Yes, I was barely moving at the end of it.

Yes, I looked like a drunk person because for the last mile I kept losing my balance and hanging on to my husband's arm.

Yes, I screamed when a black cat darted along the road in the dark. James saw it beforehand. I didn't because I was making sure I didn't trip and I was looking out for bigger nocturnal predators.

Like cougars or bobcats or bears.

On a trail loop in the city.

I didn't say I was rational.

But it sure felt really good to complete that trail when a month ago I was still walking with a cane and spending most of my days in bed. Yeah, I still hurt all the time, and have to rest a lot, and spend a lot of time in bed. But things are getting better.

If you had a fusion, or any physical challenge or surgery, you might be led to believe that your recovery will look like this:

All my research told me that either the fusion would take or it wouldn't. That I would rapidly continue to get better, or I would stay not feeling so great or be worse off after surgery.

Here's what it's been like for me:

My graphing skills suck, but you get the drift. 

The fact is that everyone is different, even with how they heal.

Five weeks ago, I couldn't even sit in a wheelchair for a full hour at a time. I spent most of my day at a beloved writing conference lying on a couch with a back brace. I wore it often and walked with a cane until about two weeks ago. Then magically, right at three months, I started healing at a much faster rate.

Healing isn't linear, regardless of what kind.

I'm learning to be gentle with myself. To toss out expectations and do what I can reasonably do every day. And push myself when it's safe to.

After all, I'm tough. I am literally part titanium now.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Zooming Along

This fall has been zooming along super fast!

My last five weeks have included presenting at the fabulous ANWA conference for the first time, (I have to go back again. LOVED), chaperoning a high school Shakespeare competition trip, and attending the ANWA Northwest Writing Retreat at a gorgeous beach in Washington. And I just got back from the Kanab conference, where I had fun teaching a class and an intensive. I. Had. A. Blast.

Back to the retreat, because writing by the sea was a bucket list item for me. I took so many pictures. Soooo many. How could I not?

Here's one of the sun coming out through the clouds as I was about to write the climactic scene in my latest work in progress. Guess where the book is set?

THE OCEAN. I know, right? Well, my book takes place off the coast of Australia near rocky beaches. This rocky beach was totally inspiring.

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My friend Tammy took me to the tide pools where I first ever saw a live jellyfish in the wild . . .

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. . . until I realized that it was actually dead. "Yeah, it's missing its head," Tammy proclaimed. You can see it at the top of the photo below, as well as the sea urchin thingys she made me poke. I squealed when one closed itself on my finger.

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And look at this sunset. I want to go back now.

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It's been a waaay busy five weeks. But I loved every single bit.