Writing 101

Writing every week day for Writing 101 starting on October 5. Yes, I’m going to follow at my own pace and see how it pans out. Mostly I’m going to be writing in a free write style and completely from the heart.


This is the practice school of writing. Like running, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Some days you don’t want to run and you resist every step of the three miles, but you do it anyway. You practice whether you want to or not. You don’t wait around for inspiration and a deep desire to run. It’ll never happen, especially if you are out of shape and have been avoiding it. But if you run regularly, you train your mind to cut through or ignore your resistance. You just do it. And in the middle of the run, you love it. When you come to the end, you never want to stop. And you stop, hungry for the next time.

That’s how writing is, too. Once you’re deep into it, you wonder what took you so long to finally settle down at the desk. – Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones


The Scent of Lavender

The Scent of Lavender

Margot S. Baumann
ISBN 9781477830826
Amazon Publishing
Women’s Fiction, Romance

the scent of lavender

Swiss journalist Saskia Wagner’s life is in shambles—she’s lost her job and left her callous boyfriend. So when she learns of a summer job on a wine-growing estate in the small French village of Beaumes-de-Venise, she jumps at the chance, hoping it can provide her with the escape she needs to clear her head.

But it would seem that where wine flows, trouble follows. Jean-Luc Rougeon, the handsome-but-surly owner of the estate, appears distinctly unsettled by Saskia’s presence. And he’s not the only one: everyone in the village is behaving oddly toward her. It could just be curiosity about the new girl, but something more seems to be afoot.

Unwittingly entangled in her new community, Saskia faces charged emotions. Can this be the identity she’d come to Provence to discover?

My review

Translated from French, The Scent of Lavender kept me engrossed enough to read straight through. The mystery about the reaction Saskia gets at Provence just had to be solved! Then there was the character of Philippe that had me engrossed. However, the three things that kept me from rating this book higher are the undeveloped character of Jean-Luc, the quick end of Philippe and the somewhat abrupt end to the book. It’s possible that some of this might be due to the fact that the book was translated, but I’m not sure.

Entirely readable and enjoyable too!