Five things I thought about during my morning run:

  1. Adoring these cool mornings. I can’t run outside in the heat…
  2. Book signing on Saturday at the  B& N in Charlottesville at 1! I love getting out and about meeting readers!
  3. Tough morning for all of us. Sometimes I wonder if three-day weekends are worth it!
  4. I love Morcheeba–especially  Run, Honey Run.
  5. Can’t get over DEATH AMONG THE DOILIES being selected as staff pick of the month at Kensington. Click this to find out more–but I am so honored!

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

  1. Fall is in the air, even though the temperature is higher than I’d like. The early morning is nice and cool and I’ve seen some leaves with their edges turning colors.
  2. There goes Jen–Hiya Jen!
  3. My schedule is a little messed up these days. My youngest daughter wants me to take her to the high school everyday (instead of riding the bus) and usually I’m in the thick of writing about that time. It will be fine. It’s just an adjustment and it seems to make her feel better. so it’s worth it.
  4. So, suddenly, we are planning a family getaway this weekend. It a lll started with me saying “I want to see my Mom.”
  5. I can’t believe the SCRAPBOOK OF THE DEAD will be out THIS month. Woot!  Finally!Scrapbook of the Dead

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. What a gorgeous morning. Perfect for a run. Warm enough for no coat, cool enough to be comfortable.

2. Supernatural. I just love this show. But yesterday I didn’t like the episode I watched. I liked that taking animals. But it was very gross. A real clunker for me. But this are far and few between.

3. Another house is being built down the street. There are so many old houses in my neighborhood for sale–and they have been for a long time–and yet they are building new houses. I guess everybody wants a new house. Go figure.

4. New characters. New stories. New geography. Hmmm.

5. I am very ambitious this morning. Now I remember why I started running at the gym. My hips are taking a pounding on the pavement–with each step, it hurts. So I stopped running about 20 minutes in and walked the rest of the way. The outdoor morning run? Not so good for my hips–but great for my spirit.


Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Feet on the pavement; music in my ear. Man, I’ve missed this.

2. Such a beautiful morning–blue skies, lovely breeze–could not resist. Even though my hip doesn’t like it at all.

3. The book signing went so well at Angela’s Happy Stamper on Saturday. (I’ll post pics soon!) I love the staff and the customers there–especially Angela, herself, an inspiration, for sure.

4. Sweat trickling down my back.

5. Lovely to get a pie question yesterday. Pie people still love me! And I love them.  Peace. Love. Pie.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

DSCF44151. This weather is A-mazing. Cool enough for a run in late morning. In late July.

2. This is how you say goodbye to a dear friend who is moving: YOU DON’T. You say : “SEE YOU LATER.”

3. Emma and her babysitting gig. What a blessing.

4. Hubs is off this week and we are sorting, cleaning, and purging. Prepping to paint the girls bedrooms.

5. So much road work and utility going on in my town today that is was a little difficult to get around earlier. Wondering waht’s going on.


Five things I thought about during my morning run:

DSCF44151. I’ve been running outside so much this summer. The mornings have been so beautiful.Can’t make it to ZUMBA on a day like this!

2. Exercise is my sanity. True–but sometimes it’s just not enough. I’m very down these days.

3. I hope that Tink’s flea dip and my treating the house have gotten ridden of the fleas! Not sure I can take much more!

4. Next week I’m heading to “Navigating Your Writing Life,” to sit on a mystery writer’s panel and teach a workshop.

5. Had to take a little break and make a new friend this morning:


Five things I thought about during my morning run:

DSCF44151. Gorgeous day for a run. Cool, but not cold. sunny, but not hot. Low humidity. Perfect.

2. The field of wildflowers I try to run by with each of my runs. Shades of green, purple, pink, and gold. A poet could take a lifetime and just write about the field. which reminds me of a Jane Austen quote I sort of live by as a writer: 3 or four Families in a Country Village is the very thing to work on,” she said.

3. Legs, don’t fail me now.

4. Mornings this week are a bit odd for us. One kid going to Charlottesville. The other babysitting in Waynesboro.

5. I think I could run longer this morning, but I’m pressed for time. Thirty minutes is good.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

DSCF44151. It’s a perfect morning for a run. If only my legs agreed. Meh.

2. One foot in front of the other anyhow. Music helps.

3. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender” by Leslye Walton. I’m living in that world in my head.

4. But in the real world: I am finishing the fifth book of my scrapbooking-themed mystery series. Changes ahead for me.

5. Also, personally. Too many changes to count. Friends are moving. My daughters are growing. Change is the only constant in our lives.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

DSC_01761. These mornings have just been perfect for a run. Just cool enough, just warm enough. Sunny. Blue skies.

2. Well, I couldn’t stand it anymore. I started working on Book #5 again.

3. Speaking of work. SCRAPPY SUMMER is published this week and I’m having a giveaway on my FB page. Click here–if you’re interested.

4. I have no idea where that dog came from. A different dog than I saw the other day. Hmm.

5. Excited about my NY trip. Very. It will be brief–but I can’t wait.