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On Being a Pantser (Revisited)

I recently started a super-reader/fan Facebook Group for Seed Savers. Thought it might be fun for people to easily share news articles about the themes in my books, or to do a group read with the author along. Stuff like that. A few people chimed in that they wanted to do the group read, and […]

The Planning In Writing a Series: Calendars of the Future

Sometimes I think people don’t realize how much research, planning, and care is taken in writing fiction. I’ve written before about the amount of research I’ve done for my futuristic Seed Savers series, but the care I’ve taken in working out the chronological order, the seasons in which certain plants would be bearing fruit in […]

Sandra Smith Returns — Anakalian Whims

Sharing a recent interview I did over at Anakalian Whims! Sandra Smith grew up on a farm with a tremendously large garden. She maintains that if you can’t taste the soil on a carrot, it’s not fresh enough. Although she now lives with her husband, cats, and three chickens in the city, she still manages […]

2019 Heirloom Expo: Everything Else (Well, Almost)

Ok, before it’s too far in the rearview mirror, here are my final thoughts on this year’s Expo. (See previous two posts here and here.) I stated earlier that there were a lot of special moments, but three that had really stuck with me. The first two special moments I wrote separate posts about. The […]

2019 Heirloom Expo: Epiphany & the Singing Plants

As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, we had a great time at the Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, CA last week, with several memorable experiences. Today I’d like to share one that just blew my socks off (okay, I wasn’t actually wearing socks…) I’ve since recovered, but it was a powerful experience […]

2019 Heirloom Expo: Serendipity & the Littlest Fan

We made it back from the Heirloom Expo late Friday night, driving it all in one day and not spending time with the lovely Redwoods as we sometimes do. I didn’t think the Expo was as well-attended as when we had last visited (2016), but all the things I love about it were still intact: […]

Heading to the Expo!

For the first time since 2016 I’m heading to the Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, CA! If you’ve never thought vegetables were beautiful, think again. (And get yourself to Santa Rosa next week :)) I’m very excited to be going. I love the displays, the educational sessions, and the people! For the three years I […]