Hello Again, Writing World!

After a long hiatus from my blog, I’m happy to finally sit down and write a new post! A nice, shiny new blog post all for myself (and you, of course!).

I won’t bore you with all the longwinded details, but I’ve been handling some ongoing medical issues that have added a bit of stress. On top of those problems, I also sprained my ankle hiking in Uwharrie National Forest a few weeks back. Just as that was healing, I caught COVID and was “housebound” for a while. So here I am, no longer contagious (hooray) but still a bit congested and with tastebuds that can’t tell pickles from carrots.

Needless to say, it’s been a difficult past few months.

Yet I’m back to it, thanks to my amazing support group (husband, friends, family), therapy, and lots of ginger tea 🫖.

So now that I’m out and about, what’s new in my world of writing and reading?

Still hard at work on my cozy mystery

I’m spending a few minutes on my story each day. Often, that means writing just a couple hundred words in a notebook before bed, but I’ll take it! Alex is keeping me accountable to doing this, while I’m reminding him to read a chapter of his book. (Yes, I know you’re impressed with our wildly exciting lives.)

But have I mentioned how much fun cozy mysteries are to write? I’m having a blast escaping into my quaint little fictional town of Pine Mills, North Carolina. My main character, Lindsay, has a background in botany. This nature connection means I get to research lots of information about flowers and other plants, all while setting the scene for … murder.

I’m about 45,000 words in and keep planning to set aside a weekend to devote entirely to my book. Crossing my fingers June will be a little calmer than the past couple of months, and I can actually make this writing weekend a possibility.

Books, books, and more books!

I’m also working on starting a mystery book club in my town. This group was formed partly out of a desire to meet new people and partly to get me reading more. We’re reading Still Life by Louise Penny this month. This will be the first novel I’ve read by the author, but I’ve heard great things about it. The story is a murder mystery that takes place in Quebec. I’ve needed a break from my current surroundings, so a faraway setting sounds fantastic. (Now, I’ve just got to schedule time to read!)

Speaking of reading, I was contacted by Reedsy to apply for being a reviewer and was approved. You can follow my upcoming reviews here if you’re interested. I’m excited to get my hands on new books and spread the word about new authors. I’ve had fun reviewing with NetGalley, so I figured I’d expand my bookshelf.

Getting ready for the coming weeks

It may seem counterintuitive, but every time I come out of a period of sickness, chaos, etc., I usually feel more refreshed and energized. I’m simply grateful to be back to operating at 100%. The coming weeks look brighter, and I welcome the opportunity to get back into my regular writing and reading routine. 💖

What’s new in your world of writing (and reading)? Have you had a difficult time writing lately? Share your tips and stories in the comments. I love hearing from readers!

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