11–14 of 14 entries from the month of: May 2014

Basket Baby

May 8th

Ghanian baskets for sale at the Scottsdale Farmer's Market

This week marked a milestone: I finished the first draft of my second novel, “Basket Baby” and sent it off to a handful of friends who agreed to edit. I’ve been working on this story since 2009 and am profoundly happy to see what it has become.

I’m evolutions behind my favorite author, Barbara Kingsolver. But thanks to studying writing at Lighthouse and countless afternoons spent reading, it is getting better. I am learning how to tell a story.

So much of life is about just that. Whether we sit around campfires under a twinkling Wyoming sky after a day of fly fishing, or we shoot off a quick email from our smart phone with the latest gossip — humans are uniquely interested in hearing a good tale. The juicy bits. The lurid, the profane and the innocent and naive. We want our characters to have abilities we dream of, and faults just like those we don’t like about ourselves.

“Basket Baby” is a story of redemption and survival.  The synopsis reads:

When Luz leaves her infant daughter on the doorstep of a wealthy home in Tarija, Bolivia — she doesn’t know the Americans living within are mourning the loss of their first child. Instead, the teen sees opportunity for a baby she can no longer keep.

Macy is clinging to what remains of her marriage, while fighting postpartum depression, and watching as her husband’s ambitious career leads into the dangerous politics of South America.

The housekeeper, Ruth, is left holding the pieces of the fragile family together — all while trying to feed four young children of her own.

Told from the perspectives of these three women, “Basket Baby” asks what it would take to abandon what you love most.

And now, I wait for cover art from an artist friend, and edits to be made before it is sent to the publishing house. With any hope, I’ll have real copies of this in hand by the end of the summer and a few readings scheduled for Fall.

I am very, very excited to share this story. (And also a bit giddy about the next project — a mystery series!)

~K

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She Makes Hats

May 8th

My friend Robyn recently released a book chronicling her quest to knit 10,000 hats for those in need. Newborns, the homeless, veterans — anyone with a cold noggin who could use an act of kindness. The memoir tells a bit of her story, and what led her to such a large creative endeavor.

Knitted cap

Of course this is right up my alley. Robyn and I have been supporting each other’s blogs for nearly a decade. She is a doll, and so much goodness should come her way.

I’ve seen the book and it is a beauty, not surprisingly. So — if you are interested in supporting a crafty, lovely woman whose passion is helping others, please consider picking up her new book. It is nearly as fantastic as she is.

Five out of five bananas, absoloodle. Congrats Robyn!

~K

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Dogs of Denver

May 7th

I have approximately 10,000 things demanding my attention at the moment, all of which are more important than posting dog photos to my blog.

So, of course — I’m posting dog photos to my blog. A few of the furry faces I cuddled last week in Denver:

Denver visit

Denver visit

 

Denver visit

Denver visit

Denver visit

Denver visit

 

One of the things I love most about Colorado: happy, sweet dogs everywhere. Made leaving WNM at home a bit easier.

~K

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One Community: May

May 5th

One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their homes and communities with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to both showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us all closer together in understanding through art.

Each month, one of the hosts picks four words for us to interpret through photographs of what we see around us in our daily lives.

The Rules:  Post one or more photos interpreting the words for the month, and add your blog post to the link-up.  Please include a link back to the link-up post on your One Community post, and take a look at some of the other links and comment on them.

This month’s words, selected by Sue are: five, recipe, remember and mother.

One Community: May

Someone is turning 5 next month. I am deep in planning a ridiculous dog birthday party and homemade cake.

One Community: May

Caught up with my brother in Denver last weekend and managed to visit Moe’s for my favorite afternoon in Denver. Moe’s bagels, Cody and bright blue sky.

One Community: May

Hey! Remember this guy? Adam Mack is alive and well in Denver. We had fun betting on the ponies with the Kentucky Derby last weekend.

One Community: May

Mom, sorry to ruin the surprise but this is the best Mother’s Day card ever. You’re welcome. (Also, you raised a smart ass.)

If you are interested in playing along this month, do so here:

Thanks!

~K

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