• Workspace Update

    I’ve been away from things because I’ve been doing a workspace update. I thought I was done when we painted the office and moved everything back in. At this point, I should know better. We found that the initial setup just didn’t work for us. My spouse is a continually active person – he fidgets and moves — so having my desk up against his, just didn’t work – I was getting motion sick from my monitors jiggling around. Now, to most people, it wouldn’t be a bother, but for me, it was the difference between getting work done and being unable to look at a screen. We sat down…

  • Rest

    To everything turn, turn, turn There is a season turn, turn, turn And a time to every purpose Under heaven Turn Turn Turn (To Everything There is a Season) – Pete Seeger My mind keeps coming back to that song (and Bible Verse) this year. This year has been a time for rest. Rest in writing, rest in growing things. Like most of us, I’ve not had a lot of energy this year, the ongoing pandemic has really stressed me out, and add onto that my father being diagnosed with cancer, which was followed by someone who I’ve never interacted with, never said much of anything about to anyone beyond…

  • I’m Feeling Fan-Cactus!

    Fairly certain I’m headed towards the title of crazy cactus lady. Now, whether the cacti are crazy or I am is up for debate. I wholly blame the current pandemic for my abundance of cacti and succulents. I can’t go out, so I’m staying home and growing things. It all started with picking up a rather sickly looking dwarf prickly pear cactus while out getting other plants for our backyard garden. Once I had one, and watched it grow and flourish, I had to get more, and I managed to rope my spouse into the madness. That original prickly pear cactus has sprouted many new paddles and is growing strong.…

  • Back in the Office

    I’ve given up on trying to remember how long it has been since we started renovating the room that acts as our office. But, I am finally able to say that it is done. We’re at the “lipstick and mascara” stage of it, which means hanging up pictures and other decorations. The desks are back in, the computers are back on the desks, and while I still have the ability to work from my bed if needed, I am back in the office dealing with the day to day of company business and trying to write the next novel in between wrangling the kiddo. A lot happened in between the…

  • From the Desk of Amy – July Update

    So, it’s been a while. June had me getting bad news about my father. We didn’t find out until the end of June what the actual extent of everything was. The good news is that it is very minimal. We’re talking areas the size of the head of a pin. So yes, he’s still got cancer. But he’s likely to die of old age at this point before cancer. July has had me doing things like office renovations and that has meant that I’ve not been able to sit and get things done. I have a whackload of things that are ready to go, but I need to be able…