Words and pictures from the author of the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries
Thursday, January 3, 2008
This is the scene we awoke to yesterday morning -- inches of beautiful snow! I can enjoy it since, apart from filling bird feeders and taking warm water and food to the chickens, I don't actually have to brave the icy roads and go anywhere. The cozy feeling of being inside the tiny house inside the glass snow globe is what I like when the flakes are swirling outside our windows.
There's always the danger of the water freezing -- as it did at my younger son's house -- as it did at our house 30 years ago, a few weeks before that son was born. That January was one of the coldest winters we ever had -- school was closed for six weeks in our county and our water stayed frozen about that long. I came home from the hospital, with a fresh c-section incision and a new baby, to a house with no running water. But what I mainly remember, aside from the kitchen floor, perpetually muddy with water slopped from buckets that my husband brought from the nearby creek, was the joy of sitting all day on the sofa, holding my beautiful infant and basking in the warmth of the woodstove.
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I'm the author of The Elizabeth Goodweather Full Circle Farm Appalachian Mysteries from Bantam Dell. The series includes SIGNS IN THE BLOOD (LA MONTAGNE DES SECRETS in France), ART'S BLOOD, (LE SECRET DES APPALACHES in France,) OLD WOUNDS,IN A DARK SEASON (Anthony Nominee, Best PBO), and UNDER THE SKIN. There's also THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS (a spinoff/standalone)chronicling the unexpected life story of Miss Birdie, one of Elizabeth's neighbors.
Currently I have just completed a historical novel, dealing with a massacre in my county during the Civil War.
I came to this weird business late (my first novel was published in 2005) and am still trying to figure it out.
As my novels are set in a place much like my real life home, I thought I'd use this blog to share pictures of our farm and county. I've been blogging for nearly nine years now, on an almost daily basis, and the topics have ranged from writing, chickens, food, books, quilts, flora and fauna of all sorts, to the occasional tiny rant. There's no plan, but there are lots of pictures.
There's more information about me and my books on my web site: http://vickilanemysteries.com/