I'm sorry I missed my June blog. Larry and sold our home and it took us a while to find another. But in the middle of all of that drama, Larry and I were blessed to take a pre-planned cruise through the Inside Passage of Alaska.
I've never been on a cruise, and I was a little hesitant about going, but I threw my concerns overboard before we left Canada. What a trip! The weather was incredible and the landscape breathtaking. We saw some spectacular wilderness and wildlife.
Below are just a few pictures from my cell phone.
I hope your summer is going well and full of the things you enjoy most, including gorgeous weather.
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend Storymakers Writing Conference in Provo, Utah. With over 800 attendees, there was a lot of learning. Our classes were great, and we learned from each other, as well.
I also was privileged to meet some of my fellow Gelato authors. In the above picture, I'm sitting near left. Next to me is Chelsea Hale. Then there's Lucy McConnell. On the other side of the table far right is one of our great editors, Jenna Roundy. Amberlee Day is in the middle and Jeanette Lewis rounds out the mix. It was a pleasure to meet these ladies!
The weather was warm in Provo, and in the evening, I'd walk the grounds of Provo City Center Temple. So many flowers and trees were in bloom, and the building itself is beautiful.
I loved my outdoor time as well as my class time. I learned a lot during this conference, and I look forward to applying my new-found knowledge in my next book, which I will get back to writing once we are moved and settled. But that's another blog post.
Thanks so much for reading!
Larry and I have put our house on the market. At a moment's notice, we load up the dog in the car, turn on all the lights in the house and leave our home wide open for complete strangers to traipse through. A couple of times, I've come home to find someone has rearranged my books. For this introvert, it's kind of creepy.
I'm trying to overlook all of that and recognize that it's part of the journey, and change often requires at least a little discomfort. Even the characters in our clean and sweet romance novels need to go through some sort of angst before they get to the sweet part.
So, this month I'm celebrating the process of change--the weird, the uncomfortable, and the sweet.
This is Ember and I at the beach picnic house around mid-March. It was still cold. Ember looks happier than I do because she's got a fur coat, and I'm wearing just a sweat jacket. Hey, at least it wasn't raining, and our ears were warm!
By the way, Ember and I didn't wear any makeup for these glamour shots. We clean up nice, but the truth is, this is how we look most of the time!