• The Clever Use of Plants in “The Good Place”

    Cactus by Mikkel Bech, The Clever Use of Plants in "The Good Place", https://karenhugg.com/2018/12/06/the-good-place/, Karen Hugg, #thegoodplace #plants #cactus #tv #nbc

    My new favorite TV show is The Good Place. Yes, I’m coming to it ridiculously late, but isn’t that the life of a busy mom? I’d read about it years ago and felt intrigued by the premise of a comedic afterlife scenario. While I love Ted Danson and Kristen Bell and especially William Jackson Harper (who our family knew well from The Electric Company reboot), I worried it would be too much about the sadness of the afterlife and not enough about comedy. I was wrong. It’s a hilarious, smart take on the afterlife. Not only that but plants figure…

  • The Tense Theatre in The Witch Elm

    The Tense Theatre in The Witch Elm, Book Review, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/11/29/the-witch-elm/ #TheWitchElm #TanaFrench #book #novel #detectivefiction #crimefiction

    The Witch Elm is an impressive novel. It’s a riotous exercise in prose and character and suspense whose ending literally left me breathless. But it has one flaw that has disappointed hardcore Tana French fans: a suspect as the narrator. I myself didn’t particularly mind but apparently most longtime fans did. They yearned for her usual complex detective protagonist while lighting up websites with irritated reviews. They were hoping for what they liked, a Dublin Murder Squad personality, and didn’t get it. I thought French’s approach was fresh and worked well, but I’m not a crime fiction aficionado. I’ll try…

  • Plants Are Speaking Right Now, Probably in Your Backyard

    Plants Are Speaking Right Now, Probably in Your Backyard, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/11/26/plant-sounds/ #plantsounds #trees #forest #bioacoustics #novel #books #SongoftheTreeHollow

    Did you know plants make sounds? I didn’t up until a few years ago. The idea is fascinating, and surprisingly already proven in some scientific studies. For instance, at the University of Western Australia, researchers discovered corn plants created clicking sounds in their roots as they grew. Scientists found a similar phenomenon in pine trees coping with drought. The trees’ xylem tissue made snapping sounds when moving an air bubble. In 2017, the Yale School of Forestry produced a sound experiment where they developed a device to translate a plant’s pulses into sounds. They learned that plants vary in their…

  • Might and Main Monday: Peering into Darkness

    Crow Photo, Raven, Might and Main Monday: Peering into Darkness, Karen Hugg, Photo by Tyler Quiring, https://karenhugg.com/2018/11/19/edgar-allan-poe/ #books #edgarallanpoe #poetry #crow #raven #creepyquotes

    Hey everyone, today’s inspirational quote comes from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven.” If you don’t know it, you may want to check it out. It’s creepy and musical and lovely, about how a young man, who, one night while sitting by the fire, hears a raven tapping at his door. When he opens the door and the bird flies in, the bird haunts him, reminding him of his lost love, Lenore. Through the repetition of the word “Nevermore,” the raven eventually drives the narrator mad. He’s tortured not only by his lost love but also by his own mortality.

  • Why I Wrote a Novel About a Tree That Sings: Part Two

    Why I Wrote a Novel About a Tree That Sings: Part Two, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/11/15/cat, #cats #SongoftheTreeHollow #novel #Seattle #fiction #books

    In Part One of this series, I wrote about how my affection for trees and the idea of plants making vibrations inspired me to write Song of the Tree Hollow. Today I’ll address the other piece of the puzzle: the sudden experience of my cat dying and coming back to life.

  • Why I Wrote a Novel About a Tree That Sings: Part One

    Why I Wrote a Novel About a Tree That Sings, https://karenhugg.com/2018/11/12/tree, Karen Hugg #tree #novel #SongoftheTreeHollow #Seattle #book

    Hey everyone, I’ve published a short novel called Song of the Tree Hollow. It’s a literary mystery about a young woman who discovers she has a magical touch with plants — and unfortunately, a dark family history. It was fun to write, and one of my warmer, quirkier stories. I thought I’d offer this post on the origins of it. The book is available on Kindle for 99 cents, free on Kindle Unlimited. Please check it out! Thanks!

  • 5 Reasons Why NaNoWriMo Is Not for Me

    keyboard and plant, 5 Reasons Why NaNoWriMo Is Not for Me, https://karenhugg.com/2018/10/29/nanowrimo-is-not-for-me, Karen Hugg #nanowrimo #NationalNovelWritingMonth #books #novel #reasonsnottodonanowrimo

    I have to be honest, I was always on the fence with National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. Having worked as an editor and writer before the event became mainstream, I thought it odd that people needed one dedicated month to write a book. I thought, you either want to write a novel or you don’t. Why do you need an artificial deadline of 30 days? Then a writer friend did it and it sounded intriguing. It’s a way to avoid procrastination. Get what you’ve been thinking about done. Join a team, just do it, like a sporting…