Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Started the day in a foul, hopeless mood. Things improved when I alternated writing/revision with tea cabinet rearranging. Huzzah!

Got rid of lots of tea I hadn't touched for years and hopefully made things more accessible, just in time for a visit from dear friend and fellow tea fanatic Michelle Lunsford.

For the most part, I have bagged tea on the left (the silver canister is full of Harney & Sons Holiday tea sachets) and loose leaf on the right. The bottom right shelf is well-stocked with caffeinated black tea -- my mainstay -- and above that is the herbal/decaf tea. My favorites are all within easy reach!


I also was tempted by Natalie Parker to procrastinate participate in a writerly meme. (I know, I know, I should be getting work done. I WILL. Right after I finish this entry.)

If you’re tagged (I wasn't, but who cares?), you have to do the following:

Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
Go to line 7
Copy down the next seven lines/sentences as they are – no cheating
Tag 7 other authors
(I hate tagging people. Please join the fun if you are so inspired!)

Two framed cross-stitch samplers hung upon otherwise bare walls. I leaned in to peer at one, but it was dated 1872 – at least 40 years too early to be the work of our mother. A pair of silverfish, curled in a death embrace, formed a whiskery blotch in the corner.

I turned to find Ana poking around in a cabinet. “There are the creepiest old toys in here – wooden soldiers covered in bite marks and dolls with half their hair gone. The carnage of Colleys past, I suppose.” She flipped her own hair back and shivered.

Eeep! I followed the rules and did not tweak. Now . . . back to work!


  1. I remember this passage from a critique session. I loved the detail of the silverfish. Still do.
    BTW, would you consider organizing my spice cabinet...and refrigerator...and pantry?

    1. Everything else in my kitchen is a total mess, but I do organize my tea cabinet from time to time. I'm afraid I'd be no use to you!

  2. no fair! not near enough! i want to read the rest of it, sonia.

    1. Keep your fingers crossed that somebody wants to buy it!

  3. I was procrastinating when I came across your meme...which made me see what mine would be...which returned me to my work! Thanks.:)

  4. sonia, i just finished The Revenant last week and LOVED it! Oh my goodness, I am so anxious to read more of your work...the small snippet you just shared was very intriguing. "wow" was actually my first thought!
    and i am drooling over your tea cabinet! *envies* I have never met anyone with more tea than me. I am definitely showing this pic to my coffee-drinking, non-tea-understanding hubby. :)

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed The Revenant, Tricia! Eeeee!

      My husband manages to drink both tea and coffee, but he still frowns at my overflowing tea cabinet from time to time. :)