Notes From the Hinterland

The Last Butterfly of the Season - This still beauty will soon go in the basement, or down cellar as we Mainers put it. As for the live butterflies…they are gone, along with the dragonflies. Last night, I listened for crickets but couldn’t hear any. I’ll listen tonight, too, but they might be gone as well. October, with all this loss, it’s … Continue reading The Last Butterfly of the Season
The Glory of Mid-October in Maine - All right. I know I am prejudiced, but it seems to me that there is no finer place to be in October than Maine. (I can already hear the cries of protest coming from readers in other New England states.) Best of all is the light, which now comes in at a slant to make … Continue reading The Glory of Mid-October in Maine
Farewell to Hostas - For the past week, it has been unusually warm—in the 70s. It hardly feels like autumn in Maine at all. But the the hostas know that summer is over. I’ve begun emptying and cleaning pots. This weekend, I’ll start bringing in the garden ornaments. Somehow, it is always more fun to bring them out in … Continue reading Farewell to Hostas
Sharing Our Horizon by Xenia Tran - One of the great pleasures of blogging is the wonderful, creative people I have met, not only in this country but also around the world. I always start my day reading posts from my blogging friends, and no matter what is happening in this country, I come away feeling better.  And that is  no small … Continue reading Sharing Our Horizon by Xenia Tran
The Book’s the Thing: Taking a Short Break from Blogging - Right now, most of my time, focus, and energy are directed toward getting my YA fantasy Library Lost ready for publication. The final editing is long, slow, and somewhat tedious, but it is part of the process if you want a good book. So, I will be taking a short break from blogging in order … Continue reading The Book’s the Thing: Taking a Short Break from Blogging
Introducing…The Cover for Library Lost! - Here it is! The cover for my YA fantasy novel Library Lost, the second book in my Great Library series and the sequel of Maya and the Book of Everything. How exciting it all is! (For new readers of this blog, click here for a description of Maya and the Book of Everything.) So, drum … Continue reading Introducing…The Cover for Library Lost!
Clif Meets the first Doctor - We never know where Maya and the Book of Everything will take us.  Last weekend, my book brought us to the Great Falls Comic Expo, which was in Lewiston, Maine. At the Expo, Clif got a chance to check out the TARDIS and meet the first Doctor. Lucky fellow! Batman and Robin were also on … Continue reading Clif Meets the first Doctor

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