• Plants

    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…

  • Writing

    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.…

  • Writing

    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…

  • Writing

    Humbly, I Offer a Free Short Story

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

    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 horticulturalist. It wasn’t just a new breed of plant but a technique that could be applied to almost any plant.…

  • Writing

    Why I Wrote a Novel About a Weird Apple: Part 1

    Apple and Book, Why I Wrote a Novel About a Weird Apple: Part 1, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/17/protagonist-setting #novel #writing #protagonist #setting #story #plants #apple

    For years I resisted the idea of writing fictional stories about plants. I had a day job, which entailed helping people design and maintain their gardens, and I had a night vocation, which was writing stories about careers I might have wanted in a different life: professor, antiques dealer, etc. I’d written my MFA thesis story about an ethics professor…