Archive for January, 2013

The Daily Grind and the Muse

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 | Reflections, The Writing Life | 2 Comments

Sometimes it is hard to find the spark of the Muse. When day to day life gets in the way of art, as it so often does, we search in vain for that spark of divine fire, for the voices of our characters, to lead us back into our work, back into the joy of making a novel come to life on the page.

Rumi Image Tree of Life Bess Hamiti

One of the toughest things artists face in this culture is finding a moment of quiet to be able to listen to ourselves, much less our characters. It takes a moment separate from everything else, and when we are working 24/7 on the day to day grind of our lives: bills, family, day job, car repairs, etc, there are times when it is almost impossible.

When faced with the impossible, though, we still have to try. If we can find an hour, even if it is only on Saturday, we can begin there. Sometimes we have to begin small to see a glimmer of hope. Then that glimmer will lead us to a larger breathing space, and give us the strength to make it through to the next moment when we can be alone with ourselves to do the sacred work of our writing.

The sacred is the one thing that this culture, this world, works very hard to kill in us. But it is not possible to kill it. Even when we forget the face of God, the flow of the Muse, the spark of creation, it is still there, waiting for us.

Happy Birthday Pride and Prejudice

Monday, January 28th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

I have loved this book all my life. I read it and loved it in junior high, and I have re-read it and loved it many times since. I even got to play Lizzie in a stage version in high school. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is one of the most famous of Jane Austen’s novels, and one of many readers’ favorites. And for good reason. Watching Elizabeth Bennett bring the irascible Mr. Darcy to heal is the stuff of every romance reader’s joy. Here’s to conquering the unconquerable man, our favorite romantic mythos.


Happy Birthday, Elizabeth and Darcy!

Fabulous image swiped from my friend and Facebook companion, the fabulous author Sophie Perinot.

Regency Friday: Jane Austen in Utah

Friday, January 25th, 2013 | Regency Fridays | No Comments


jane austen convention

We all love Jane Austen…how can we help it? And for those of you living out West, pining for fellow Austenites, I may have found the conference for you. Only one day long, the Jane Austen Guild offers a conference on Saturday March 2nd. If you live in Utah, you might want to check this out…


Treacherous Temptations by Victoria Vane

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments


Treacherous Temptations

My friend, Emery Lee, writing as Victoria Vane, has put out a new Georgian romance, TREACHEROUS TEMPTATIONS. I bought this one the day it came out, and now I am patiently waiting for my new Kindle to arrive so that I can dive in. Emery’s books always are filled with fun, romance, and beautiful historical touches that make her fictional worlds come to life. I can’t recommend her books highly enough.

Click here for more on her new ebook:

Quote of the Week: For Inauguration Day

Monday, January 21st, 2013 | Joy, Quote of the Week | No Comments


“Courage: the most important of all the virtues

because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou

Here’s to the inspiring  memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, to President Obama, and to courage in all its forms…Happy Inauguration Day all 🙂

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