I am a homemaker and writer, currently working on a historical mystery set in fourteenth-century England. This blog began with a focus on homemaking, sewing, and sustainability. In 2020 I’m shifting my focus to share what I am learning as a novelist.
Despite doing lots of creative writing as a teenager and in college, I gave it up for some years to go to graduate school, where I got an MPhil and a PhD in English focusing on the medieval period. I returned to creative writing after the birth of my daughter, and discovered that while I knew a lot about the Middle Ages and about academic writing, I still didn’t know how to write a novel. So now I am learning!
I live in Texas with my husband and our daughter.
Why ‘Sorting Buttons’?
When I was growing up, we had a button jar we would tip out onto the floor. We would then scrape through the buttons, grouping them, finding a matching set or a single oddity. The huge mess of buttons, once examined, yielded surprising finds and patterns.
I think of blogging in much the same way: putting together small things to see the larger patterns that emerge.