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    Chuck Wendig: Cool Writer to Be Like

    Chuck Wendig: Cool Writer to Be Like, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/07/chuck-wendig #ChuckWendig #sciencefiction #writinglife #Cormorant #novel

    This last week I’ve been hammering out how I can bring my literary offerings to the forefront of my website. So I’ve been studying other author sites. Some I like, some I don’t. I won’t mention which ones are barely useful or clunky but they are sadly by some writers I love. A few strong highlights are Neil Gaiman’s whose site…

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    Two Author Goals to Grow and Simplify my Life

    Peaches, Two Author Goals to Grow and Simplify my Life, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/08/31/author-goals/ #author #goals #readership #writing #businessplan

    It’s Friday, August 31st, the last day of August and arguably the last month of summer. My kids are already back in school and intermittent rain has returned to Seattle. It feels like fall. Nooo! Still, fall is always a good time for me. Large chunks of writing time return and the weather gives me little reason to yearn to…

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    Why a Novel About a Flower That Makes You Forget? Part 3

    Geranium, Why a Novel About a Flower That Makes You Forget? Part 3, Karen Hugg, The Forgetting Flower, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/27/the-forgetting-flower/ #TheForgettingFlower #flower #novel #book #plants #scents

    In these last few weeks, I’ve shared the origins of my novel The Forgetting Flower. It’s a story about memories, about a botanically unique plant, about sisterly relationships, and about Paris and Poland. It’s even about an immigrant’s dream of having a better life, which I haven’t touched on that much in these posts but is a driving theme throughout…

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    Why a Novel About a Flower That Makes You Forget? Part 2

    Pink African Violet, Why a Novel About a Flower That Makes You Forget? Part 2, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/27/novel-about-a-flower-2 #writing #novel #books #AfricanViolet #gardening #plants

    Last week, in my post about the origins of my novel about a flower (The Forgetting Flower), I talked about the idea of plant scents, memory, and why I thought working in a plant shop would be a fun experience. Of course, I put forth the question of what life would be like if you had a plant whose flower…

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    Why a Novel About a Flower That Makes You Forget? Part 1

    African Violet, Why I Wrote a Novel About a Flower That Makes You Forget: Part 1, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/21/novel-about-a-flower #writing #novel #novelaboutaflower #flowers #gardening #plants #books

    Most people love fragrant flowers. Who doesn’t want to take in the sweet smell of a lily or antique perfume of a rose? Scents are one of the gifts plants give us. They add to our sensory world. They, more than taste or sight or sound or touch, take us to a time in our lives of memory. Vivid memory.…

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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,…