I learned today that my novel Junction, Utah, won’t be out until January. I was hoping 2012 would be a watershed year–one in which I completed this long-running project and felt truly free to ease into the next.

Sometimes we forget where we are while we’re going where we think we’re going. It’s been such a long haul writing a novel and getting it ready for publication that I haven’t often looked up to see the trees beyond my own little forest. Knowing I needed to LOOK at something besides the page, I grabbed my camera and stepped out into the watershed where I work much of the time, Sonoma Valley.


California toyon with red berries

Here are just a few pictures I snapped while enjoying the December afternoon and forgetting about deadlines and completions.


Old vineyard in the afternoon


Ho ho ho

The watershed has to be in ourselves, no matter what the publication schedule or feeling of satisfaction that comes with crossing a finishing line. We’re always working, deadlines or no. Getting outdoors to see what inspires us helps us keep the faith.


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