Snapshots of SWEET SALT AIR

Last week's blog talked about which character in this book is my favorite, but I have other favorites here.  Since Sweet Salt Air is a highly sensual book, I’m thinking see, smell, feel, hear, and taste.  I’m calling them snapshots, because they’re just quick little moments from the book.  I guess that makes this blog an album. Favorite sight?     A ghost ship on the ocean in the early morning mist, [...]

By |2013-06-10T06:00:30+00:002013|Blog|6 Comments

A shrug and a smile

Ahah!  Bet you thought I haven’t been knitting, since I’ve been blogging about everything but that.  You would be wrong.  When writing days are the longest, I need my knitting the most. I’m shrugging – no, not doing the bobbing thing with the shoulders, but knitting a shrug.  Remember, I mentioned it in my blog on instant gratification?  I even posted a picture there of the yarn I was going [...]

By |2012-05-05T05:00:54+00:002012|Blog|6 Comments

Where does the dock go in winter?

We were at the lake last weekend, looking out our windows at the winterness of it all.  Winterness?  Try bleakness.  There isn’t much snow this year, and the lake hasn’t frozen thickly.  Local officials actually had to modify the rules for the annual ice fishing derby weekend, because the ice wasn’t thick enough to support the stores and restaurants, trucks and buses that occupy the frozen bay during this event.  [...]

By |2012-02-22T05:00:28+00:002012|Blog|4 Comments

Instant gratification

What does it for you?  Is it a scoop of peanut butter straight from the jar at nine at night?  A pithy few words shouted at the driver who cuts you off?  For me, it’s a quick knitting project. I’m a sock addict.  But socks take a long time to make and, often, great concentration.  So I was in the mood for something different when I visited my LYS, Iron [...]

By |2012-02-16T10:50:01+00:002012|Blog|13 Comments


I did nothing last weekend.  Nothing.  And it was hard.  I am fully serious when I say that.  I’m not used to doing nothing.  I kept jumping up,ready to do laundry or pay bills or check email or blog.  For me, doing is a visceral thing. I’m a workaholic, but you may have already guessed that.  How else could I have written so many books?  I wish I could say [...]

By |2012-02-02T09:29:12+00:002012|Blog|12 Comments

What makes for a good book discussion

My book group met Monday night, and I nearly didn’t go.  I’m not big on war books, and Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken is that.  Honestly?  I wasn’t planning to read it.  I don’t read much anyway when I’m deep into the writing of a book, and I’m about as deep into Sweet Salt Air as I can get.  I didn’t want to be distracted – or grossed out – or dizzied [...]

By |2012-01-25T15:36:22+00:002012|Blog|0 Comments

What is a stash?

My dictionary defines a stash as “a secret store of something,” and when it comes to yarn, that’s pretty accurate.  Knitters hoard.  They buy yarn they have no business buying, then they bring it home and put it in a place where no one will see it.  They have paper bags stuffed with yarn, closets stuffed with yarn, trunks stuffed with yarn.  Me, I have bins in my basement, neatly [...]

By |2012-01-08T02:00:37+00:002012|Blog|4 Comments

A knitter never sleeps, but she dreams

I’m so bad when it comes to afterwork, like weaving in ends and making pompoms.  So I had six hats, all done but in need of finishing before I could send them off for the holiday.  After procrastinating much of last weekend, I ran out of time.  I had to mail them, or they’d never arrive on time! The Patriots played Sunday.  What better time could there be?  I’m an [...]

By |2011-12-21T11:30:17+00:002011|Blog|4 Comments

When good knitters do bad things

I messed up big time.  Talk about a knitter's nightmare?  I made one of those mistakes that you don’t see until the project is done, at which point, of course, it’s too late to fix it! I’m talking about Evie’s socks – the pair I was knitting to and from Houston when I ran out of yarn at the very, very end.  Remember the Houston blog?  The good news was [...]

By |2011-10-26T12:24:48+00:002011|Blog|3 Comments

Knitting through the pain

Dentist appointment today.  Though I don’t loathe them like some people do, there’s still enough annoying … digging … that I need my pacifier – i.e., my knitting.  I was working on socks once while waiting for the novacaine to take effect, and my dentist said, “You’re going at that pretty hard.  Nervous, are you?” Today, the assistants in the office asked right off where my knitting was.  And oh [...]

By |2011-10-11T00:00:43+00:002011|Blog|6 Comments