“We write every day, we fight every day, we think and scheme and dream a little dream every day. Manuscripts pile up in the kitchen sink, run-on sentences dangle around our necks. We plant purple prose in our gardens and snip the adverbs only to thread them in our hair. We write with no guarantees, no certainties, no promises of what might come and we do it anyway. This is who we are.” -Tareheh Mafi
Friday, January 31, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
There are places that you can't get out of your mind. One of those places for me is Murray's Mill. A grist mill has been operated here since 1863. The first time I visited here, there was a one-lane bridge that a car could barely fit through, and a timber-road. Since then, it has become a tourist attraction - a little. Still it has a nice feel to it. Very peaceful and beautiful.
I've never written specifically about Murray's mill - but the location has been in the Sharyn Howard Mysteries, Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries, and now in Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries. Who know where it will end up next!
|All streams lead to the mill.|
|This picture doesn't do the wheel justice. It's huge - the building is that much bigger.|
|The one-lane bridge I mentioned. It's closed to cars now.|
|The water wheel.|
Friday, January 24, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Along the I & M Canal
|Locks on the canal that took the barges from elevation to elevation.|
|Fortunes were made and lost here through the years|
|Abandoned factories which once supported growing communities on the canal.|
|The old mule barn|
|Water traffic is slower now along the canal but still exists.|
Photos by Joyce Lavene
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Garden Statuary has always fascinated me. The statues tell a story all their own.
|Rose petals and a cupid from South Carolina|
|Duke Memorial Gardens|
|An unusual Roman soldier|
|Not unusual - a woman caught with her clothes in disarray|
Monday, January 13, 2014
No one knows who made the first quilt - that's how long ago it was that some industrious woman took leftover bits and pieces of material to make something warm and welcoming for her family. It was important to make the most of what she had.
We might not know who the first person was who made a quilt, but the tradition continues. There are thousands of men and women out there today making beautiful quilts - just because they want to.
|Antique quilt from Oakboro Historic society, Oakboro, NC|
|A child's quilt|
|A true lady in her day|
|A family heirloom quilt|
Friday, January 10, 2014
Behind the Scenes
I like taking pictures of things that capture a mood or a feeling. Some of my favorites are from peeking around corners or looking in doorways, and taking shots of people who don't know I'm there.
In this case, I always think of this shot when it's time to start the round of bookstores with a new release. It reminds me of what it feels like to sit at a table in a bookstore or library as people come up to talk to you about your book.
|Behind the Scenes at an event for writers.|
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
|The view from the house we stayed in was incredible.|
|Heading into night|
|Out for a boat ride|
|Twin fir trees and stonework|
|Lake Lure Inn, the scene of Dirty Dancing|
from Joyce Lavene
Monday, January 6, 2014
By Joyce Lavene (J.J. Cook)
This time, it's Playing with Fire, the second book in the series.
|Doesn't Berkley Prime Crime have some wonderful artists?|
First two book covers in the series.
Here are some images Jim and I have taken that go with these books.
They help us work, reminding us that the story is more than words.
|my grandfather's firefighter badge|
|different ways to get to the fire|
|antique fire truck|
|hottest sweetest peppers in the world|
|stairs in Stella's cabin|
|inside Stella's cabin|
|Eric's (Stella's) cabin|
|everything made from deer antlers|
|on the deck overlooking the Little Pigeon River|
|Smoky Mountain sunrise|
Friday, January 3, 2014
Don't wait for your ship to come in - swim out to it! ~Unknown
|Reed Gold Mine - the first place in the U.S. to find gold|
|Feeding the Gulls|
|Badin Lake, NC|
|South Carolina coast|