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    Might and Main Monday: Inspired by Lavender

    Lavender, Might and Main Monday: Inspired by Lavender, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/15/lavender, #lavender #Provence #perennials #novel #writing #inspiration

    In July, I see lavender everywhere: in my garden as it blooms in the sun, in my mind as I write a novel set in Provence, on public street corners, in the books I read. This year, my summer beams that dark purple color. I’m driven to capture its look, its feel, its fragrance in words. Those soft felty leaves, its awakening scent. And I’m interested in how and when lavender has appeared in literature over the centuries. So I went on a quest to find an inspiring quote about lavender. Instead I stumbled upon its inclusion in this F.…

  • Chestnut Tree in Courtyard, Paris, France, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com #plants #gardens #Paris
    Inspiration

    A Tribute to Plants in Paris

    This year on the 4th of July, my husband and I took our kids to see the fireworks show by our neighborhood lake. It was in a park where 5,000 people peacefully sat in the dark and watched pretty flowers…

  • Sky With Trees, Why I Wrote a Novel About a Weird Apple: Part 3, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/06/apple-novel/ #apple #novel #writing #fiction #Kazakhstan #applehistory #HarvestingtheSky
    Writing

    Why I Wrote a Novel About a Weird Apple: Part 3

    During these last few weeks, I shared two posts about the origins of my novel Harvesting the Sky. The first article covered how I merged issues of an emotional past with plants and the second, my inability to eat apples and…

  • Big Cypress National Preserve, Capturing Plants in All Their Glory, The Cultivated Life, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/05/nature-photography #gardening #travel #nature #plants #photography #naturephotography
    Inspiration

    Might and Main Monday: Tim Gautreaux

    I’ve been thinking about this quote from Louisiana writer Tim Gautreaux. It feels appropriate as families across America will be celebrating the 4th of July. He reminds us that the place you grew up is valid material for creative expression,…

  • A Quiet, Steady Glow, Short Story, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com, #fiction #plants #books #writing #speculativefiction
    Writing

    Humbly, I Offer a Free Short Story

    Several months ago, I read a fascinating article about an enhancement MIT researchers were developing for certain plants. Their prototype had been successful and they were working on more. The enhancement was unlike anything I’d ever come across as a…

  • White Apple Tree, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/29/weird-apple #apples #novels #writing #writingideas
    Writing

    Why I Wrote a Novel About a Weird Apple: Part 2

    Last week, I wrote about the origins of my novel Harvesting the Sky. How my own emotional journey found its way into my protagonist, how I developed a protagonist who was a composite of plant people I knew, and why I decided to set…

  • Eucalyptus Tree, Might and Main Monday: Ann Patchett, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/22/ann-patchett #writing #inspiration #fiction #novels #books #annpatchett
    Inspiration

    Might and Main Monday: Ann Patchett

    Writer Ann Patchett says it all in this quote about the creation of art and the importance of forgiveness. It’s from her article, “The Getaway Car,” reprinted in This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Forgiveness. The ability to forgive…

  • 20 Books of Summer, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/24/20-books-of-summer #Provence #20BooksofSummer #France #Paris #Luberon #books #French
    Books

    20 Books of Summer! All About Provence

    This summer I’m writing a novel set in Provence so I’ve been dreaming about France. Since I already have a stack of books to inspire me, I thought I’d lengthen my list and join this summer’s 20 Books of Summer…