Saturday, August 28, 2010

More Wedding Belles

Loving this photo with my friend, Dawn Rutherford, teen librarian extraordinaire, at our friend's wedding.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wedding Belles

A posse of friends at Jackie Parker's wedding. Here we are, readergirlz all.

Back row: Holly Cupala (Tell Me a Secret), Colleen Mondor (Guys Lit Wire), Lorie Ann Grover (On Pointe)

Front row: Martha Brockenbrough (Things that Sic), Rachel (librarian-roller derby girl), and moi

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hiking Buddy

Meet Teddy, my new hiking buddy. He's up for anything...even an early morning start time. No grumbling, just panting, as we ran through Cougar Mountain. (Okay, and Mindy is a pretty fabulous hiking buddy, too.)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hang Gliding

Gorgeous I ran up to Poo Poo Point (what's with the name?) on Tiger Mountain. There, the hanggliders were taking to the sky. I love the sound of air filling the parachutes--WHOOOOOOOOSH! If joy had a sound other than laughter, then this has to be it.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Celebrating Tell Me A Secret

Remember to join us tonight to celebrate Holly Cupala's debut novel on readergirlz!

Monday, August 16, 2010


One of my favorite parts of writing has got to be primary source research: interview with cool people. Like Cindy Edens, one of the foremost female builders in the Northwest. Her corner office with a full-on view of Elliott Bay was to die for. But her story? My goodness, she is my hero.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Where Ideas Come

People always ask where ideas for books come from. Some authors get annoyed with this question. I don't mind it at all. My ideas come from everywhere, everyday. Like this image of a red wagon set beneath the wild Taos sky. Tell me that you see the fantasy novel taking shape. I do.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Inspiration a la Rafting

Finally! I went white water rafting after years of wanting to try it but never finding (making) the time. This is SO going into my next novel, RETURN TO ME... Major shout out to my friend, Mark Kroese, for making my dream come truuuuue.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Filling the Creative Pot

In the throes of my rewrite for my upcoming novel, RETURN TO ME, I'm finding that I need to constantly replenish my creative pot. So the readergirlz co-founders, Lorie Ann Grover (l) and Dia Calhoun (c) and I hit the Triple Door downtown for a fabulous concert with Lucy Woodward. Oh, yes, her lyrics were yummy as was the bass player.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Writing Retreat in the Methow

How could not write for hours with this as your palette? Thanks to my very dear friend, Dia Calhoun (readergirlz co-founder and brilliant fantasy novelist), I had my own personal SPOT in my beloved Methow Valley where I could create RETURN TO ME. Of course, let's not forget the inspiration that hearing a cougar growling can inspire...

Sweetheart of a Gate

I want this gate for my home. A heart to remind me of what's important in life. Hot chiles for living life passionately. This is a gateway to luuuurve.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Really...the cutest car. Ever.

Truly, I could almost care less about the car I drive. It's just a way to transport me around. But this... this...

I am coveting you. Why aren't you in my garage?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

readergirlz logo-rama

The amazing Dia Calhoun--fantasy novelist extraordinaire and logo designer--created a new mark for the co-founders of readergirlz. Here's mine.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

We're celebrating our very own Holly Cupala's debut novel over at readergirlz this month. So mark your calendar for her LIVE Twitter chat on 8/18.