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Susan Albert
I'm a full-time writer who enjoys gardening, fiber arts, family, and living in the country.
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Thanks for the reassurance, curvywitch. Maybe what I suffer from is postpartum blues (when I finish a book). Hope you're feeling better & can get started on the garden next week. Love rainbow chard!
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on In bloom this week: Guild Iris at Lifescapes
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Linda, I grow veggies in raised beds, 4'x12'. I dig two deep (12") trenches down the length of the bed, about a foot in from each side. As I dig, I pull the dirt up on either side and down the middle. You can see this here: http://www.modernvictorygarden.com/potatoestrenchingmethod.htm BUT: I plant down the length of my bed, instead of across the width. I plant the seed potatoes in the trenches, 12-15" apart. As the tops grow, I pull the dirt up around the stems. I add a fertilizer for root crops a couple of times during their growth. I've been planting earlier and earlier, because our springs are warming. I planted some right after Christmas, others in Jan, 2nd and 4th weeks.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on In bloom this week: Guild Iris at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Rainy weekends do cut down on gardening time! Will I see you in April at M/B?
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on In bloom this week: Guild Iris at Lifescapes
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Oh, absolutely, Margaret! Laura's manuscript speaks volumes. I'm very glad to have it--just wish we could have it without the distracting encumbrances.
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Thanks, Sherry--ROSE was a labor (a long one!) of love and an intense personal investment. For me, there will never be another book like it.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2015 on The Loveliest Thing in the Woods Today at Lifescapes
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But even as a biography for adults (and with some editing by Rose), it wasn't publishable, Chris. It was read & rejected by several publishers, and turned down by an agent (George Bye) who refused to represent it. You're right, though: the details in this manuscript do give us more insight into the real life of the Ingalls family.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2015 on Launch Day: A WILDER ROSE at Lifescapes
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Thanks, Marilyn!
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2015 on Launch Day: A WILDER ROSE at Lifescapes
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Spinach chips are easier, seems to me. Smaller size, maybe. A little more tender? And so quick to make! Ive been watching your weather up there, and holding my breath that it doesnt slip south!
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2015 on BITTERSWEET Giveaway this week at Lifescapes
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Wow! Amazing photos, and a gripping story (furnace smoking). Sometimes I'm really glad to live in TX. (Other times not so much.)
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2015 on Agarita Announces Spring at Lifescapes
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Kunstler's book is good, Curvywitch. I have it on my resource list for AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR. The whole list is here: http://www.susanalbert.com/resources.shtml Some really, really GOOD (if scary) books.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2015 on Agarita Announces Spring at Lifescapes
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Oh, it's so, so sad, Linda. Our lake has been dry for over 3 years, and the creek too. We have 8 large cypress trees--I'm afraid we'll lost as least 2 of them this year. And the worst is yet to come, climate scientists say.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2015 on Agarita Announces Spring at Lifescapes
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These are creamy white when they first bloom, Zach--they fade to yellowish as they mature and then to brown. Here's another: http://www.saws.org/conservation/outdoor/plants/PlantDrill.cfm?Plant_id=58&Plant_G_ID=2
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2015 on Prairie Sumac: In Bloom This Week at Lifescapes
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Jane, heres another review you might be interested in reading, in the Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2014/12/25/book-review-pioneer-girl-the-annotated-autobiography-edited-pamela-smith-hill/deAhBXVqRHd4fpD5nvNrnL/story.html
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2014 on Pioneer Girl: An Artlessly Gritty Tale at Lifescapes
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Reina, I hope youll read it. It will give you an entirely new view of the Little House books--youll be able to see how far the fiction is removed from Lauras real life. Best wishes to you for a bright new year!--Susan
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2014 on Pioneer Girl: An Artlessly Gritty Tale at Lifescapes
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I'm like you, Fredericka. Gray, wintry days are my favorite. I think they encourage us to bring our own brightness to them.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2014 on Winter in the Texas Hill Country at Lifescapes
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Hope you have a wonderful holiday, Linda--and yes, Ill post a photo of the shawl. Its an interesting project and Im already thinking of variations.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2014 on Winter in the Texas Hill Country at Lifescapes
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Connie, do you know where I can get a copy of that recording? I know of it, but have never been able to listen to it. I'll pass your comment along to Carol.
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2014 on Rose Wilder Lane in Texas at Lifescapes
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Thank you, Virginia. As a writer, I'm inspired by good books. This particular book has a LOT going for it.
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I'll look for that, Susan--thanks!
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I got it and have been using it on battery, Debbie. And we have wi-fi in both places (since I work in both) so I can work online. You can unload a doc and work offline but you have to be online to sync it. I'm mostly using Evernote, for reading note, short drafts. I'm leery of losing track of MS versions (have done that and regretted it).
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2014 on A WILDER ROSE Goes Audio! at Lifescapes
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The conference was great, Susan--so sorry you had to miss it. Best of all: the shared awareness among so many women writers of the importance of the work they're doing: ensuring that women's stories aren't forgotten.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2014 on Works In Progress at Lifescapes
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A gorgeous film--I had a different response, though: I wished that some species (like the kakapo and the moa) had been able to fly--or that they hadn't been such a good source of protein for their predators. Also amazing how some birds and plants have co-evolved to suit each other's needs.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2014 on Time for Time Out at Lifescapes
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I'm lucky--Bill covets his time alone as much as I do. When I'm here, he's in TX, enjoying his solitude. Dunno--maybe that's the secret to a long and happy marriage?
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2014 on Time for Time Out at Lifescapes
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We have lots of different possibilities for publication now, Susan, and figuring out what they are and doing some kind of cost-benefit calculation is important for every writer. We don't have to know everything, but we have to know some things, and the more we share, the better off we are. Good luck with your Mary Amaryllis project: it's a big one!
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2014 on Time for Time Out at Lifescapes
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I'm an audiobook lover too, JudyB. Right now, listening to another of Steven Havill's New Mexico mysteries. I really enjoy his work.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2014 on Time for Time Out at Lifescapes
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