Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Walk through the Neighborhood

Today was the first snow of the season.

I might use one of these for my holiday card. Please feel free to vote for your favorite. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Planning a Critique Group Retreat

My post about planning a critique group retreat is live at The Mitten today. Thanks to Debbie Diesen for the photographs. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


The past week has been one of high intensity and low productivity. I always find reflections of leaves in water soothing. I hope you do too. 

Sunday, November 1, 2015


I'm just getting around to looking at vacation photographs now. We went sunset hunting in Charlevoix. The body of water is Lake Michigan. It was a windy evening.

The next night we went down to the other end of Fisherman's Island State Park. 
We found some Petoskey stones too. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Harp Day

The main character in my work-in-progress is a high school girl who hopes to attend college as a harp major. Yesterday, I went to Harp Day at Michigan State University. It's a recruiting event to attract prospective harp majors to the MSU College of Music and also a chance for local harpists to get together. Attendees can sign up to get a lesson with Dr. Chen Yu Huang, take a master class and participate in Harp Jam. I went as an observer.

I had a chance to hear two of MSU's freshman harp students perform. It was like my character came to life and played for me. I chatted with a high school student from Grand Rapids who hopes to attend MSU as a harp major. "You're writing a book about me?" (direct quote) I asked several young players why they chose harp as an instrument, and their answers were close to what I’d written for my main character.

The Master Class provided ample material for the harp lesson in my novel. The revised version will likely come to next month's critique group. I enjoyed the variety of music students brought to the master class. I was impressed by the students’ talent and skill.

I also got to hear the fabulous Modern Harp Quartet. If you click through the website, you can hear excerpts from several of their pieces.

I came home inspired, perhaps more as a writer than a harpist. But that’s what I am, a writer. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Overheard #312

"Being a genius is largely a measure of your own self-worth."

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The First Charlevoix Pictures

We went on vacation earlier this month, and I've been slow in posting pictures. Here are some. More will follow as will some posts on writing or creating or something. 

Probably everyone who goes to Charlevoix, takes a picture of the lighthouse.
Round Lake
a carp in Round Lake
dune flowers
forest flowers