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Cowboys Are My Weakness & Other Recommendations

  Sandra Neily here: What if nature-based fiction or passages work better to bring us close to the richness and power of the physical world than any science course we might take? What if they deliver more magic, more empathy, … Continue reading

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A Good Cry & the Do-It-Yourself MFA

Sandra Neily here (also sharing a selection of disparate pics that may wander away a bit) At a library author talk this past week, I was asked how I wrote a novel when I’d only written non-fiction for work. I … Continue reading

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Cucumbers and Trout. (Bit of Salamanders, too.)

Sandra Neily here. Before we get to cucumbers and trout …. For the past few years, I’ve weighed in on garden issues. Here’s a blog from the past: “Weird Gardening. Ticks. Slugs, Beetles.” Here’s this year’s veggie drama. What’s eating … Continue reading

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Kamikaze Gardening. Antler Camp. Black Flies.

(Join me at the Thompson Free Library this Thursday 5/27!) At my Moosehead Lake home (camp) I’ve been Kamikaze Gardening. Kamikaze Gardening is my term for intensely swooping down to remorselessly attack every garden job before black flies drive me … Continue reading

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Smart Fish. Tiny Home.

Sandra Neily here:  First the important stuff. As if there weren’t enough barriers writing a novel in a small camper trailer, this morning I mistakenly took the dog’s Benadryl tablets instead of my meds. The fog descended. I have yet to … Continue reading

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Mud Month. Big Night! (Not What You Think…)

Sandra Neily here: It’s mud month in much of the northeast. I’m washing off my snowshoes and waxing my X-skies to rest them for a while. What to DO when it finally does melt off the high-up slopes? Distancing is … Continue reading

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Messiah. Nutcracker. Blizzards. Butter. And Gratitude.

Up to my waist in broken ice, snowshoes scrambling for good footing in the melting marsh, I struggled for breath as freezing water saturated clothing and skin. I wasn’t too busy to miss Pock sinking into a happy crouch. My dog was a Lab. Water—any water— was heaven-sent.

I learned to respect March outings by keeping close to shore where it’s only ankle deep. Or taking a nap.

“Nooooooo,” I yelled. “No, don’t jump! Not fun in here. Not FUN! Continue reading

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Of Course I Should Have Done It … Sooner

 Sandra Neily here: I should have done it sooner.  Well, that’s perhaps an endless list for most of us. (Including my missed Crime Writers posting date last week. Apologies to the team.) But I should have done this sooner. My … Continue reading

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Flower Riot and Paying Deep, Deep Attention

Sandra Neily here:  It was a wonderful day except for the tick. Grateful for Maine’s Tick Lab.) This week my second novel, Deadly Turn, was finally published. It’s taken years, with a long break for cancer treatment and then more … Continue reading

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Dreaded June Stuff. But Great Swamp Video …

Sandra Neily here: My June topic is the dreaded synopsis (or plot summary). I suspect many readers cannot get into this type of dread, so I’ve paired the issue with something we can all ….DREAD.  (Don’t miss the they’re-still-laughing black fly … Continue reading

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