Friday, January 2, 2009


We don't have many snow storms in North Carolina and it's not snowing now. But I feel like I'm in the midst of a happy blizzard - good things in my writing world.

For starters, the last day of 2008 included a coveted review of Healing Water at Fuse # 8's School Library Journal blog. I really didn't think I could be so lucky! But whatdaya know!?

BTW - Fuse 8 is a NYC librarian by the name of Elizabeth (Betsy) Bird and her book reviews are packed with insight, critical thinking, and personality! All her reviews (whatever the genre) help to inform my writing. Read an interview with Betsy here.

Now I'm in the midst of outlining my next novel. Which is so not-me. But if a grant application calls for an outline, I can be disciplined! I'm having a blast reading primary source material and getting a grasp of the history to create the plot.

I have some exciting author events coming up and now that it's January 2nd, the coordinators are contacting me and oh boy, that just makes me want to get on with some other projects. Like a new blog I want to start. Which I don't have time for. But I figure I can't afford not to, either. More on that soon. If I get around to it.

I'm feeling a little snowed under. But, as a few of my favorite rocks said to me on a trip to Molokai, Hawaii,

I have a lot to smile about. Fingers crossed that I get the long awaited memoir in the mail today. When it comes, I might stop breathing. But I will not stop smiling.


  1. Wow - what a great review of Healing Water. It makes me wish I had a copy @ my desk to reread right now!

    I'm smiling with you.

  2. Thanks!! I like your new user icon. Do you find it easy to change it? I had a terrible time uploading one the first time. out. Somehow, between the two of us, we did it but I'm not sure we could repeat it.

  3. Ohhh la la! The memoir is here.

  4. Yah!!! A good start to the year for you.

    If you're still interested in changing your icon: Dashboard - click edit picture(beside your current icon), Remove photo, and then just upload your new one! May have just been my internet connection but it did take awhile for it to upload.

  5. Okay, well I may try it one day.

  6. Joyce,
    What an amazingly wonderful review of Healing Water. You know, I never got around to blogging about it (Uncle Bob still has my copy) but I don't think I could light a candle to this review. It is awesome. well deserved. Makes me know what to shoot for in writing. Congratulations. well deserved. hugs and excitement for you, carol

  7. You smile, girl!! Awesome!

    My pitch packet went out today...woohoo! Now I wait...and wait...and wait.

    And we have another showing set up, so 2009 has got to be a good year...

    smiling...still smiling!

  8. Thanks!
    Happy faces for you too!