In which IT IS HERE!

on September 30, 2014

Our last sleep until NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS! I’ve been so excited to share this one. I loved writing Poppy and Sebastian, and I hope y’all will have as much fun adventuring in Damascus with them as I did!  In case you missed the excerpt posted previously, here’s a sneak peek at the first…

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In which we’re living like it’s vacation!

on September 25, 2014

No, not really. It’s more like organized chaos with looming deadline, an imminent release date, and more obligations than you can shake a stick at, to employ a worthy southern idiom. But I dug this piece out of the archives as a reminder that it’s good to slacken the grip a little too, don’t you…

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In which I love the notion of retreat

on September 23, 2014

I have a thing for nuns. It’s partly the glorious black and white habits of yore, partly the fact that they always seem beautifully tranquil–at least in my highly idealized version of them. Here are a few musings on contemplative withdrawal: love the idea of retreat, don’t you? Particularly at this time of year when…

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In which we ponder a deadly sin

on September 18, 2014

So when I was pootling through the archive I found this piece on lust…I even love the word “lust”. It’s bold and unapologetic, and if you really put your heart into it, you get a lovely push on the vowel straight up from your diaphragm. Anyway, the reason I’ve been poking through the archives is…

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In which I’m posting autumnal thoughts

on September 16, 2014

I was pootling through the archive the other day and came across AUTUMNAL THOUGHTS. (I don’t know why; it just felt like it needed to be capped.) I don’t know about the rest of you northern hemisphere types, but I am so ready to break up with summer… I know I’m rushing the fences a…

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In which we’re talking about faking it

on September 11, 2014

So the other day the subject of imposter syndrome reared its ugly head again. This was in a quick Twitter chat, but it reminded me that I blogged about the subject a few years ago. I thought I’d repost both of the entries I wrote then, along with a final note: faking it until you…

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In which we have a quickie

on September 10, 2014

A fly-by extra post today, chickens! So, OUTLANDER then? The reaction to yesterday’s post has been hilarious. Nearly every comment here, on FB, and on Twitter went something like: “Oh, this and that and something else and OUTLANDER. JUST OUTLANDER.” Your devotion is truly inspiring and I promise I intend to watch it. I just…

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In which we’re all about the drama

on September 9, 2014

So last month we finally broke down and subscribed to a few premium channels. Since then it’s been BINGEAPALOOZA. We’ve watched BLACK SAILS, THE WHITE QUEEN, season four of GAME OF THRONES, and THE MUSKETEERS. (We have yet to start OUTLANDER, and PENNY DREADFUL and THE KNICK will have to wait.) And after binge-watching four…

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In which we’re talking about good causes

on September 5, 2014

Happy September, poodles! Today was newsletter day. Did you get yours? It goes out on the fifth of every month and you can sign up using the simple form on the right-hand sidebar of this blog. So I’ve been tail over teakettle in work on my new book, but I have taken some time out…

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