Naturalists in the wild make field notes–sketchy drawings and journals of their journeys—and so do writers. In this blog I’ll sketch out the fascinating seasonal changes in the hay field and trees and wildlife here at Blue Meadow Farm, the changes that daily refresh my spirit. I’ll also write about the often mystifying process of becoming a novelist. For next year, as I approach 70, I’ll be releasing my first novel, Indigo Field. I’ll write about ways to keep morale up, ways to get new work done, ways to handle the rigors of publishing and promoting a book, as well how to live vividly in a writers’ community, finding inspiration and support from books and authors I love. My hope is that you will spy on my process and learn for the day you release your first book – or your next book. I hope you will gain refreshment from my reflections on nature, community, and the writing process.
The hay field changes every week in the growing season, and in North Carolina the wild growing season starts in winter. By February, I’m seeing these tiny flowers everywhere in low grass, by the side of the road, in my ragged lawn, a promise of coming spring. Such a bright blue! Smaller than my smallest fingernail. Hopeful, upright, the color of the sky, they remind me that once I was a child, low to the ground myself, noticing everything.