• Inspiration

    It’s Time To Savor Spring

    Spring is a time of change. Emerging leaves, melting snow, blooming flowers. So don’t be afraid to change, even in a tiny way. Step away from your desk, your counter, your indoor work space and go outside. Being outside changes your perspective. There’s a temperature you can’t control. A vista greets you, sometimes narrow or wide or small. And maybe…

  • Paris Plant Shop, How Little Plant Shops Inspired a Big Paris Dream, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/01/16/plant-shops/ #Paris #plantshop #novels #books #TheForgettingFlower
    Books,  Paris,  Writing

    How Little Plant Shops Inspired a Big Paris Dream

    I’ve always thought owning a plant shop would be a fun job. I wouldn’t want to manage a full-on nursery, that seems too complicated, but I wouldn’t mind owning a small store that specializes in rare and unusual plants. An Oasis of Greenery This is because I’m convinced plant shops are dreamy. I can think of one in particular in…

  • Lightbulb, Might and Main Monday: Outlook on Failure, Karen Hugg, Photo by Drew Thomas, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/17/failure/ #ThomasEdison #failure #rejection #writing #books
    Inspiration

    Might and Main Monday: Outlook on Failure

    The other day I was researching famous American inventors and came across this quote about failure from Thomas Edison. It struck me as perfect for a writer. We often submit our work for publication only to be rejected again and again. In other words, we fail all of the time. If we’re experienced, we get better at not taking the…

  • Calendar, Might and Main Monday: Dealing With Sunday Night Dread, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/10/sunday-night-dread #inspiration #Mondays #Sundays #work #job #schedules
    Inspiration

    Might and Main Monday: Dealing With Sunday Night Dread

    So many folks who work a traditional Monday through Friday schedule often feel the Sunday night dread. It’s that creeping sadness that sits in our guts as we realize the weekend is over and we have to return to a job the next day. It clouds our enjoyment of dinner, of a movie, or whatever else we’re doing that evening.…

  • Fuchsia as perfection, Might and Main Monday: Perfection Vs. Good, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/08/31/might-and-main-m…rfection-vs-good/ #perfection #Voltaire #quotes #perfectionvsgood
    Inspiration

    Might and Main Monday: Perfection Vs. Good

    My husband and I were eating lunch at our local brewery the other day. I explained to him how, even though I was taking on the daunting task of blogging every day for September, I was ready to lower my standards if I had to to complete the task. He, a software architect, thought it was a good idea. He…

  • Beach Water, Struggling Not to Wilt in Summer: Margaret Atwood, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/22/water #water #beach #inspiration #MargaretAtwood #summer #heat
    Inspiration

    Might and Main Monday: Struggling Not to Wilt in Summer

    The heat of summer is intensifying. The sun beams a hotter radiation on Earth and challenges all growing things. Plants wilt, dogs pant, people sweat. I sit down at dinner and drink a large glass of ice water, then return to the fridge and refill. As dusk settles, I water my plants with the hose, then go inside to fill…

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

    Might and Main Monday: Inspired by Lavender

    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,…