I moved to the North Carolina six years ago this August, and it was one of the best things I ever did for my writing. There is something about this place, the green, vibrant, almost endless beauty, the sound of waterfalls, and all the animals that make their home here. Animals I am careful to avoid for the most part, but who always thrill me when I see them: deer and groundhogs especially. I think the peace of this place has helped me to write, but also the hum of life that seems to flow under the surface of every day here. I have found a home on a hillside that teems with life.
Here’s a photo from the window of my writing room. When it’s cool enough to write with the window open, which is most of the time, I get the added Joy of hearing the wind in the trees and feeling the breeze while I work. Of course, when I am dedicated to getting my word count, I don’t register most of these things, but when I look up to take a break, they are all there waiting for me, supporting the flow of my writing the same way the cushion of my chair supports my lower back.
If you’re reading this, you might be wondering why I haven’t been online in so long. Mostly, I’ve been writing new books. They’re not ready yet, but they will be. Meanwhile, as you look at the photo above, you can see a little of why I have been so distracted. So much beauty, and I finally decided to share a piece of it.