It's been an odd winter so far. My hellebores are out, and a few fruit trees were blooming around the D.C. area before the holidays. However, today is cold and feels like winter is finally here. I've been busy writing about cyberbullying, yoga, and lots of fun things for the new Arlington magazine, but I'm also getting serious about my new novel.
Winter -- especially January -- seems like the perfect time to hunker down with some hot Earl Grey and let your imagination spin. My novel ideas have been simmering on the back burner for while, but the characters keep jumping into my central vision and waving at me, like they don't want to be forgotten. This time around, I'm trying Scrivener, and so far it's a huge help with organization. Writing a novel is like putting together a giant puzzle, and it's so helpful to have the pieces where you can find them!I have a few fun floral events coming up.
The U.S. Botanic Garden has invited me back to do a special Valentine's Day presentation on speaking the language of flowers on February 14th at 1 pm. It's free, open to the public, and will, of course, focus on expressing love in the language. I'll also be the guest speaker at the Silver Spring Garden Club's April 23rd meeting held at Brookside Gardens in Maryland. It's been far too long since I visited Brookside, so I can't wait to visit in April.
Also, Melody of Dave's Garden just let me know she'll be reviewing Forget-Her-Nots tomorrow and that she loved it! I'm very excited about that. Happy reading and happy gardening!