Lif Strand began writing fiction when she was a kid. Nobody read her stories. A former Arabian horse breeder and endurance racer, then reporter and freelance white paper writer, Lif lives in a straw bale house off-the-grid and writes fiction once more--or at least whenever she’s not scooping horse poop, taking photos, or playing with fabric art.
See that book I’m holding in the photo (don’t look at my hair, please). That’s my novel DARK GREEN, the first in the Mangas County Mysteries series. When I published it last fall I didn’t know it was going to need a subtitle. I mean, I knew that it was… Continue reading →
If you haven’t seen the awesome Arnold Schwarzenegger clip about choosing life over hate, please watch it now. It’s a bit over 12 minutes long and worth every second of your time. It might not be aimed at you, but it’s still important to see.
I’ve got lots of news to report but I’m too busy so here’s a raven photo. I call this bird my barn raven, because she/he/it hangs out with my horses. My raven is usually alone even though there are plenty of other ravens that live in and above my valley…. Continue reading →
Pesto. Is there anything as good, as rich, as satisfying? Pesto is the stuff of the gods, it is. And I can make it myself! Wait – I just did make it myself! My basil plant was starting to flower. I needed to nip those buds off, but just one… Continue reading →
This writing business is hard on a person. The hours of sitting is hard on my back, focusing on the screen for so long messes up my neck and shoulders, typing and typing and typing—or, worse, not typing, but cursing instead. Writing is hard work! But really, the truly hard… Continue reading →
It is with a wee bit of sorrow that I bid my Fitbit One R.I.P. It has been a more or less faithful step tracking device for way too short a time (I don’t remember, but maybe a decade?). It was my second one, the first having died as well…. Continue reading →
Update: I’ll pass 30K words today on my first draft of the sequel to Dark Green. This will be the second book in the Mangas County Mysteries series As I’m writing I’m keeping the need for a catchy title in mind. I’ve come up with what seems to me to… Continue reading →
I just realized none of my book reviews are here, MIA due to me taking so long to rebuild my website after it crashed a while back. I’ve neglected to retrieve the book review blog posts, but at least I know I can, thanks to Wayback Machine. I’m not sure… Continue reading →
It’s the heat. I’m losing my mind. It’s a dry heat, to be sure, but it’s still hot. It’s so hot even the weeds are wilted. It’s too hot to work in my studio. The thought of handling fabric when it’s this damn hot is a non-starter. Plus, in an… Continue reading →
Tomorrow and Saturday I’ll be at the first annual Artists & Authors Expo at the Dome in Eagar AZ. I’m bringing a big box of Dark Green in hardcover and paperback, plus previously published books of mine. Hope to see lots of people there, and it wouldn’t make me feel… Continue reading →