Words and pictures from the author of the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries
Monday, August 10, 2009
It was the scent I noticed first -- rich and sweet and spicy.
Oriental lilies are some of my favorite flowers but all the ones I planted in past years have succumbed to encroaching growth, reckless romping dogs, or who knows what.
So when I was browsing through our grocery store's new garden center in search of potting soil, this pure white beauty seemed to be calling my name.
I enjoyed its fragrance while I took its picture -- but then I bought another -- one without open blooms --only buds.
Partly this decision was based on the superior traveling powers of the plant in bud as opposed to one with a heavy flower nodding. But mainly it's because I love the anticipation of watching a bud swell into bloom and unfurl itself, petal by petal.
What about you? Do you ever choose delayed gratification over instant?
Beginning August 30, I will be leading a Prose Fiction Critique Workshop through Great Smokies Writing Program.
This course offers intermediate and advanced students a chance to have up to fifty-four pages of their work -- fiction, non-fiction, memoir, or any combination thereof -- critiqued by their peers and thoroughly line-edited by the instructor. There will be brief writing sessions, responding to prompts designed to expand each writer's range. There will be laughter and, sometimes, cookies.
The class will meet at The Asheville School from 6 to 8:30, once a week for fifteen weeks. For more information, go HERE.
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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/