Big St. Paddy’s Day Weekend Events Ahead

 

So you all know by now that DEATH OF AN IRISH DIVA has a bit of a St. Patrick’s Day theme. This weekend, I’m participating is some fun Irish-themed event. On Saturday, I’ll be signing books from1 to 3 at Celtic Tides, a delightful new Celtic-themed store in downtown Staunton, Va. Also, I’ll be participating in a Facebook party with three other writers. “Bleedin’ Green: An Irish Mystery Gab Fest.” Here’s all the information. You can do a FB search to find us. There will be prizes and loads of information about Ireland and we’ll answer your questions.  Hope to see you there!

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Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Running in the sprinkles. Ni-ice.

2. Rhiannon. Ohhhh. I love Stevie Nicks.

3. Edits, blog posts, book writing. which first?

4. Going to Reston on Saturday to sign books at Angela’s Happy Stamper. WOOT!

5. Oh, Reston, I sometimes miss you, with all of your culture and running trails and shops. But then I remember the traffic…

 

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Okay. I’d hadn’t planned to run today. But when I took the dog for her walk this morning, I was blown away. The morning is so gorgeous. Perfect for a run.
2. So I’m squeezing it in before I get ready for my signing today. ( B &N Harrisonburg.)
3. I’m trying not to obsess too much about SCRAPBOOK OF SECRETS, but I can’t help checking the rankings and such a few times a day.
4. Oh. Isn’t obsess a great word?
5. I’m guest posting today on Karen Elliott’s blog here. Check it out.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Yes. I ran. I know what I said–that I wouldn't run every day. But I
won't be running tomorrow because I have early morning appointments–one
is a dr. appt., the other is a book signing. Someone from
Charlottesville is coming across the mountain for me to sign her books.
So, I'll be at Starbucks in Waynesboro tomorrow at 10–if anybody else
needs their books signed.
2. I took my daughters to get their pictures taken at the local Olan
Mills. They had this special running–which of course had all kinds of
small print and will end up costing me more money than the "special."
But the pictures are amazing. Especially Emma's photos. She's my kid–so
I think she is beautiful. Her sister is, too, and is photogenic, as
well. But something happens when Emma gets in front of the camera. It's
startling to me.
3. Up and down all night. I had forgotten to take my Benedryl. My dr.
told me to take children's Benedryl to help me sleep and it works–but
only if you REMEMBER to take it.

4. So many things are popping out of the ground suddenly. Spring is my
favorite season. I've written a poem about Spring. If I can find it,
I'll share it.

5. Can't wait to meet with the writing students at Waynesboro High
School.

Here is the poem:

Spring

Spring is a woman

who thaws slowly, leaving patches

of snow behind, teasing

with hints of green

and buds that promise

of daffodils, dandelions,

tulips, cherry blossoms—

beauty yet to come.

Her name is Oya. Her rivers

and streams rush, roar, rise,

and flow over rocks, sand, mud,

to kiss all life with wetness,

cool and crisp, driven

from the winter snow.

She gurgles with giggles.

Her names is Gaia. Smell her

rich, luscious soil. Feel the

contractions from her life-giving

core while she gives birth

to the music of robins,

Sparrows, and cardinals.

She labors, toils and pushes.

She dances, giggles, and flirts.

She is raw beauty.

Her name is Woman.

Five things I thoought about during my morning run:

1. Yes. I ran. I know what I said–that I wouldn't run every day. But I
won't be running tomorrow because I have early morning appointments–one
is a dr. appt., the other is a book signing. Someone from
Charlottesville is coming across the mountain for me to sign her books.
So, I'll be at Starbucks in Waynesboro tomorrow at 10–if anybody else
needs their books signed.
2. I took my daughters to get their pictures taken at the local Olan
Mills. They had this special running–which of course had all kinds of
small print and will end up costing me more money than the "special."
But the pictures are amazing. Especially Emma's photos. She's my kid–so
I think she is beautiful. Her sister is, too, and is photogenic, as
well. But something happens when Emma gets in front of the camera. It's
startling to me.
3. Up and down all night. I had forgotten to take my Benedryl. My dr.
told me to take children's Benedryl to help me sleep and it works–but
only if you REMEMBER to take it.

4. So many things are popping out of the ground suddenly. Spring is my
favorite season. I've written a poem about Spring. If I can find it,
I'll share it.

5. Can't wait to meet with the writing students at Waynesboro High
School.

Here is the poem:

Spring

Spring is a woman

who thaws slowly, leaving patches

of snow behind, teasing

with hints of green

and bus the promise

of daffodils, dandelions,

tulips, cherry blossoms—

beauty yet to come.

Her name is Oya. Her rivers

and streams rush, roar, rise,

and flow over rocks, sand, mud,

to kiss all life with wetness,

cool and crisp, driven

from the winter snow.

She gurgles with giggles.

Her names is Gaia. Smell her

rich, luscious soil. Feel the

contractions from her life-giving

core while she gives birth

to the music of robins,

Sparrows, and cardinals.

She labors, toils and pushes.

She dances, giggles, and flirts.

She is raw beauty.

Her name is Woman.

Five things I thoought about during my morning run:

1. Yes. I ran. I know what I said–that I wouldn't run every day. But I
won't be running tomorrow because I have early morning appointments–one
is a dr. appt., the other is a book signing. Someone from
Charlottesville is coming across the mountain for me to sign her books.
So, I'll be at Starbucks in Waynesboro tomorrow at 10–if anybody else
needs their books signed.
2. I took my daughters to get their pictures taken at the local Olan
Mills. They had this special running–which of course had all kinds of
small print and will end up costing me more money than the "special."
But the pictures are amazing. Especially Emma's photos. She's my kid–so
I think she is beautiful. Her sister is, too, and is photogenic, as
well. But something happens when Emma gets in front of the camera. It's
startling to me.
3. Up and down all night. I had forgotten to take my Benedryl. My dr.
told me to take children's Benedryl to help me sleep and it works–but
only if you REMEMBER to take it.

4. So many things are popping out of the ground suddenly. Spring is my
favorite season. I've written a poem about Spring. If I can find it,
I'll share it.

5. Can't wait to meet with the writing students at Waynesboro High
School.

Here is the poem:

Spring

Spring is a woman

who thaws slowly, leaving patches

of snow behind, teasing

with hints of green

and bus the promise

of daffodils, dandelions,

tulips, cherry blossoms—

beauty yet to come.

Her name is Oya. Her rivers

and streams rush, roar, rise,

and flow over rocks, sand, mud,

to kiss all life with wetness,

cool and crisp, driven

from the winter snow.

She gurgles with giggles.

Her names is Gaia. Smell her

rich, luscious soil. Feel the

contractions from her life-giving

core while she gives birth

to the music of robins,

Sparrows, and cardinals.

She labors, toils and pushes.

She dances, giggles, and flirts.

She is raw beauty.

Her name is Woman.

Five things I thought about during my morning run

1. I look like a big yellow duck again today. Neighbor passes by and I lift my full poop bag. "Cheers, neighbor!" 😉
2. The roads are tricky-slick. You go a long and they are fine and
suddenly you're sliding around a a long patch of ice. I almost fell
twice.
3. Nice book signing yesterday. Very nice talking with Kelly Flanders.
So good to see some friends who showed up. Laura, Beth and Robin–thank
you so much. Thanks to Kelly for hosting!
4. Tess's quilt–she loves it. But I have to tell you, it's a mess. It
didn't turn out well at all. But she loves it and mentioned to me that
she thinks it has white magic in it–she can feel its protection and
its love. "Love went into every stitch." What a sweetie.
5. Now I have to do Emma's quilt and I need for Christy to come down
and show me how to run this sewing machine because I don't really want
to do another one by hand. I am so over it. Ya see, I really should
have paid attention in those home-ec sewing classes.

Off to Denver

My whole family is going to Denver with me to celebrate my book—MRS. ROWE'S LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHERN PIES. I'll be signing books at Wen Chocolates on Saturday from 1 to 3. It's not usual for an author to go across country to sign books—publishers don't pay you to do that and that don't even help you with your costs. But this event is special.

Kate Antea lives in Denver. She is the the woman who tested the recipes for the book and she did an incredible job. She works at WEN with the chef and chocolatier William Poole, who wanted to have this book signing.

But Kate is more than a colleague. I've known her almost as long as I've known my husband—18 years. Very few people come into my life and stay that long. We've been through several moves, careers, and life changes. Now, I am a mother and so many of my "friends" have lost interest because I am no longer available all the time. Now, she is a pastry chef, after years of trying on new careers. 

Sometimes, it was months of not hearing from her. But we really do have the kind of friendship in which it doesn't matter. We so easily pick up where we left off. I am so grateful to have her in my life.

Another friend is also in Denver—Bella Stander, book lady extraordinaire. Another lady with a big heart who I am grateful to have in my life. She came in to my life during a time I really thought I was losing my mind and set me straight.

So Denver is not just about the Rockies and the chocolate—it really is about spreading a little more of that pie love.

Interested in Writing a Cookbook?

If you have a burning desire to write a cookbook, stop by the Augusta County Library, Fishersville, Va., 3:00 Sat., July 25, and I'll be speaking about writing cookbooks and introducing my new book MRS.ROWE'S LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHERN PIES. I'll also be selling the books and signing them. In the mean time, here is a great article about writing cookbooks. My agent, Angela Miller, is quoted in it and listed as one of the agents at the end of the article.