• Inspiration,  Writing

    Anne Lamott’s Advice on Finding the Truth

    Bird by Bird Book, Anne Lamott's Advice on Finding the Truth, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/27/ann-lamott/ #AnneLamott #BirdbyBird #writingadvice #howtowrite #inspiration #writing #books

    Bird by Bird is an outstanding craft book for writers. Novelist and memoirist Ann Lamott covers the various aspects of writing: the nuts and bolts of craft to broader, more abstract issues. She talks about the importance of getting the sh*tty first draft on paper before diving into the mechanics of plot, dialogue, character, etc. She tackles perfectionism, finding your voice, and the let downs of publication. It's a wise and witty manual for any writer, experienced or not. I highly recommend it.

  • Garden,  Plants

    The Versatile Variegated Iris

    Variegated Iris, The Versatile Variegated Iris in My Garden, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/26/variegated-iris/ #variegatediris #iris #summerblooms #mygarden #rhizome

    Variegated Iris (Iris pallida 'Variegata') is a versatile and wonderful iris to grow. I have two beside the birdbath in my garden. These natives of Croatia have creamy yellow and light green leaves with two-toned lavender blooms. They also offer great structure for the garden, growing in flat wide spikes. If you grow this rhizome, you won't be disappointed.

  • Garden,  Plants

    A Tormented Gardener in a Garden of Bliss

    Vase in Garden, A Tormented Gardener in a Garden of Bliss, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/24/garden-of-bliss/, #gardening #garden #plants #KarenHugg

    Good morning! Today I begin a series of Saturday posts on my garden of bliss (and torment). It’s a big garden, a garden on the edge of a ravine and creek, and a garden that’s made me both extremely happy and incredibly depressed. I’ll tell you why I was depressed in a future post. For now, I’ll tell you about the garden and its various growing areas. The Front Woods When you arrive at my property, you can’t see my house from the street. This was the first characteristic of the land I fell in love with. It creates an…

  • Books

    The First Reviews for The Forgetting Flower Are In!

    Book and Flowers, The First Reviews of The Forgetting Flower Are In! And Not From Friends, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/23/reviews/ #TheForgettingFlower #books #novels #bookreviews #reviews #goodreads #netgalley

    Hey all, a quick post today to announce I've received my first reviews of The Forgetting Flower. Any author will ask their family and friends to review their books (and I certainly did) but when reviews come in from folks an author doesn't know, that's when true feedback comes. I've been feeling nervous about that. But the first few came in and they weren't that bad!

  • Writing

    Bran Was a Bore on Game of Thrones But Didn’t Have to Be

    Game of Thrones map, Bran Was a Bore on Game of Thrones, But He Didn't Have to Be, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/22/bran/ #GameofThrones #GeorgeRRMartin #Seasonfinale #BrandonStark #Bran #Winterfell #characterization #character #DalaiLama

    Brandon Stark was a bore on Game of Thrones but he didn't have to be. I enjoyed the finale like so many others but Bran's character fell flat. It wasn't that I disliked Bran particularly. His story of becoming the Three-eyed Raven was interesting but that he turned into a sleepy detached automaton was quite bluntly, a missed characterization opportunity on David Benioff and D.B. Weiss's part. I think one real life person who's still around today could have been an inspirational model for Bran's characterization.

  • Pets

    Zeke the Dog: My Very Own Direwolf

    Zeke, Zeke the Dog: My Very Own Direwolf, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/21/zeke/ #dogs #Zeke #blackdogs #direwolf #BelgianShepherd

    I thought I'd do a quickie post about my dog Zeke. He's big and black with pointy ears and pointy nose, a Belgian Shepherd mix who stands as high as my mid-thigh. He has a direwolf nickname because he looks as imposing and wild as one.