If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m constantly experimenting with the concept of a “simple life.” I believe our fast-paced, materialistic culture breeds an environment of chaos and dissatisfaction, and we often find ourselves running from one thing to another without any real joy or contentment. Seriously, who wants to live like that?

If you’re anything like me, January is a month to get things back on track. Like, uh, my diet. (Wii Fit and Live Healthy Iowa are two pretty strong motivators in my life right now, though nothing holds a candle to my seven-year-old saying: “Mom, I like to pinch your butt ‘cuz it’s squishy.” Sigh.) But I’m a bit of

Less than a week ago I turned in my sixth book to my agent. Wow. Six. Sometimes I can’t believe that I’ve strung that many words together. Sensical words. Well, allegedly–I guess it depends on who you ask. I’m no math whiz, but if I calculate 100,000 words per book (roughly) and a grand total of six books, I know

So I’m a slouchy blogger these days. Sorry ’bout that. I guess I didn’t realize that I’ve been running on nothing but fumes for weeks (i.e. the tank is empty). I’m tired, kaput, frayed at both ends, wasted. But I’m also very happy… My sixth book is turned in to my agent, Beneath the Night Tree will be sneaking into

Happy New Year! I know, I know, the new year is already old news. But I’m just coming up for air and realizing that I can’t write 2010 on my checks anymore. Not that I write so many checks, but you know what I mean. 2010? Seriously? I feel so old… and strangely anxious. Isn’t the world supposed to end soon? 😉

Hello, all! I hope you had a lovely Christmas! Oh, how I love the holidays. 🙂 I’m just popping in to let you know that I’m going to take a week-long break. I have a book due next Monday and I’m going to use this week to edit, edit, edit! And maybe, just maybe (if I get my work done!),

*Although I have my old blog archived here, from time to time I’m going to dust off a post from those files and feature it on my new site. Some of you may have read it before, but others are new to my blog, so I think this may give you a bit more of a taste for who I

Well, this is the last of my Christmas giveaways, and I’m afraid the package will not get to my winner by the 25th. I hope that’s okay… Sarah! You’re my winner this week. You didn’t include your last name, but you wrote comments 13 and 14 (13 was the number picked by the random number generator, BTW. Who says 13

I can’t believe that my fourth book is about to hit bookstores! For some reason I’ve downplayed the release of Beneath the Night Tree, but the truth is, I’m very, very excited. I love this book. And I’m loving the response that it has gotten so far. Reviews are starting to trickle in, and I’m totally thrilled. I don’t think