I’m so happy it’s scaring the dog

First and foremost, my Detroit Lions are in the playoffs! 25+ years of long-suffering fandom right here.

When Barry retired, I wept openly in public. I kid you not, the words “whether the Lions ever win a Superbowl” were part of my wedding vows. My huz thought he hit the jackpot when I insisted we go to a Lions game for our first Christmas Eve together, just days before our wedding. He had no idea what he was getting himself into! 14 football seasons and 2 kids later, we couldn’t be happier to celebrate our anniversary this week–knock on wood–with a Lions victory at Lambeau.

Not sure who originally posted this to FB, but I can say this is 100% accurate.

Not sure who originally posted this to FB, but I can say this is 100% accurate.

I am permanently smiling from ear-to-ear, which is slightly unnerving my dog, who has only ever known me as the lucky Halloween socks wearing, purple-haired, coffeeaholic, hermit version of Daria Morgendorffer. Yes, it’s a freaking miracle, I have a perma-smile.

Besides my beloved Lions, I am smiling for another reason. I planned to release The Recollection of Trees in November 2014, but that didn’t happen and I am perfectly ok with it. No exact release date as of yet, but looking at the first quarter of 2015.

Here’s what happened… For a few months, I couldn’t get the ending the way I thought it should be.

I was totally over thinking it, and over thinking it was suffocating my creativity.

During the final editing process I had another health scare which thankfully turned out to be much ado about nothing. The long, uncertain week between biopsy and results inevitably turned me inward, which led to an epiphany that completely changed the ending. It even introduced a new character!

As an indie author, I don’t have a team to decide for me. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It was up to me to figure it out. I was faced with a decision. Should I push ahead as planned or write the ending I knew I needed to write?

I pulled back. I’m almost done with the partial rewrite, and that is why I have a perma-smile.

Please believe me when I tell you this truth:

I know in my bones—in my soul—the story is as it should be now. Really.

Whether it sells, well, we shall see…but at least I know it is the story I set out to write. It is the book I wanted to read but couldn’t find. It is The Recollection of Trees.

Writing The Recollection of Trees has been quite the personal spiritual journey, and this is only the beginning.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!


I hope each of you had a Happy Hanukyulemas, and may 2015 be a peaceful, shining, prosperous, healthy year for all of us. Cheers!

Oh, and

 GO LIONS! #OnePride!