Monthly Archives: May 2012

On Growing Older

It’s my birthday today. And I spent a good minute just looking at myself in the mirror. I moved closer to the mirror. That line on my left eye might be new. Maybe? I got so close I became blurry. Smudges of color. Then I pulled away and smiled. Nothing too scary. Nothing too different from yesterday. No change drastic enough to signify that a year passed by in one night. But somehow, in the matter of a day I went from one year younger to one year older.

Time is funny like that. We use words to describe its passage, words to parse it out: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years. But when we step back, Continue reading

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Britta Ambauen (Jewelry to Inspire) – Featured Northwest Artist

We met Britta Ambauen at a fair in our town selling her beautiful jewelry. I loved her stuff instantly and knew she should be featured on our blog. There is currently a small box tucked away in our room with a necklace we bought from her, just waiting to be opened on my birthday. (Yes, I know what I’m getting and I am still excited. Maybe even more so. I really want to wear it.) πŸ™‚ She is friendly and beautiful and after reading her answers I think I would like to hang out with her sometime. And you probably will too. πŸ™‚

PQ: Describe your approach to your art. Β  Britta: I feel the most successful works of art come from Continue reading

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Tea – Eco Teas’ Holy Mate!

Confession, I love elephants. So I may have been swayed by the picture of the dancing Ganesha on this box when I purchased it. Okay, I was swayed by the elephant. You may also notice a theme with the calm energy. My last tea was stress relieving and rejuvenating. Yes, I’m busy and am trying to drink my way to calm. πŸ˜‰

This tea tastes strongly of peppermint. With a hint of Continue reading

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Writing is an Adventure


Writing. I guess that’s what I do. πŸ˜‰ And I love it. (Along with the abject moments of hating it.) The process of writing is always an adventure. I really never know what will happen next. Whether the surprise is in my story or in my personal self-discovery. And, being right in the thick of writing book two of theΒ Manly HeroΒ series, the art and concept of writing is ever present in my mind.

How can I get my story across even more cleanly? How can I paint even vivider pictures in my readers’ minds? How can Adam and I improve our collaboration process? Basically, what can I do to become better? And what does one do with all the ups and downs of being a writer?

So for the next little while, along with our regular posts, I’m going to run a series of posts on writing. The questions I’m working through, the insecurities I’m braving or succumbing to, the small triumphs I am enjoying, and the little advice I may have from what I’ve learned so far. I’d love for you to join me and share your process and thoughts as well.

Cheers. πŸ™‚

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Photo Friday – Yummy

I like to photograph food. In fact I should probably write an Obsession Session on it. I take pictures of food all the time. Out at restaurants, at home, at friends’ houses. There is just something so magical about capturing a beautiful dish of food in a gorgeous picture. Maybe it is because it makes the experience last longer. Maybe it’s because it’s calorie free. πŸ˜‰ I’m pretty sure it’s because food is such a multi-sensual thing and finding an angle where the dish looks beautiful is just a way for me to savor the meal in a different way. This last week I had the opportunity to go to the city for errands and (even better) to visit some friends (and a handsome new baby). It also didn’t hurt that I got to squeeze in a visit to my favorite restaurant. So of course I snapped away. πŸ™‚

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