Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sage in Bloom with Purple Flowers

Picture of blooming sage taken by Lynn KilmoreLast year I planted sage in the garden for cooking, and this spring I was given an unexpected surprise since I’d never grown sage before.

The sage bloomed.

And not only did it bloom, it did so with those tall strands of bright purple flowers that you can see in the two pictures in this blog post. They’re so beautiful to look at that while Zane Grey probably wasn’t writing about this particular plant in my garden when he wrote the novel Riders of the Purple Sage, I like to now imagine that he did, because a meadow full of these blossoms would be stunning to ride through.

Picture of purple flowers on sage taken by Lynn KilmoreThe honeybees are thick among the purple flowers all day long, as well as some butterflies. In a park or an arroyo near my house there must be a hive with sage-flavored honey.

Right after a rainstorm, the moist scent of pungent sage fills the air. It’s such a clean invigorating scent. I can understand why it would be so helpful in dried form for smudging ceremonies.

See you next week, Lynn

 

Peace Among the Roses

Picture of roses while standing next to themI try to post on Mondays so that it’s off the “To Do” list before the week gets too far gone. But as you can see from the date, this is being posted on Wednesday.

There’s been a couple of crises that erupted behind the scenes in the past few days, and so writing this post got pushed back so I could concentrate on getting a handle on things before they got out of control.

All of us, sooner or later, face serious troubles and tribulations. All of us have times when the problems come on so thick and fast that it feels like we’re trapped in a rowboat during a raging sea storm.

I’ve learned through trial and error that it can relieve stress to walk outside for fifteen minutes, and just go on a short walk, or go wander through a garden.

This time of year, I like to go out into the garden and stand among the roses.

Picture of a rose taken by Lynn KilmoreI tend to let the roses bushes grow too high before I trim them, so right now (being rather short), I am nose-to-petals when I stand next to them.

But it’s amazing how much peace can be found by just standing by some roses for fifteen minutes.

There is peace to be found by a rose bush … a cherry tree … a winding path through the pine trees …  or a prickly pear cactus in the desert. It’s there, waiting, if one goes in search of it.

Until next time, Lynn

 

First Roses in Bloom Last Week

Picture of roses taken by Lynn KilmoreThe roses began to bloom last week, so I took some pictures at the same time that I took pictures of the green beans sprouting in the garden.

The roses are hardier in the desert here than the lilac blossoms. While the rose petals dry out, the bushes keep blooming all summer long if I make sure to to trim the bushes monthly.

When the summer breezes are coming from the right direction, the rich scent of roses in bloom reaches the back porch. Their scent and beauty makes even the dustiest hottest summer day a moment of joy when I gaze at them.

I hope you all find a moment of beauty this week.

Until then, Lynn

My pen name is changing from L. M. May to Lynn Kilmore

Parallels 2nd edition by Lynn Kilmore book coverBack in 2007,  I picked out a pen name for my short stories and novels that I was going to submit to editors. I chose “L. M. May.”

I picked “L. M. May” at a time in my life when I had a lousy understanding of the publishing industry, and absolutely no understanding at all of my personality as a writer … and then I got published in a magazine under that name, and I felt I was permanently stuck with it.

Turns out I was wrong.

I just finished up two online classes through Skillshare with Seth Godin, and taking those classes of his challenged my all assumptions of what was possible. Also, a friend pointed out to me Dean Koontz’s blog post about killing off his pen name Owen West. Another friend pointed out that Katy Hudson changed her stage name to Katy Perry.

I finally realized that it wasn’t too late to change my pen name. I just had to be willing to go through the difficulties of doing so.

So I’m going ahead and changing  it to “Lynn Kilmore.” The behind-the-scenes aspects of changing the name will take years and years of work. The public work has the highest priority, so that stuff will change as quickly as possible.

There will be publishing headaches involved with the move of my ebooks and print editions to the new pen name. Everything published under “L. M. May” is going to be reissued in second editions under “Lynn Kilmore” over the next eight months.

However, one short story, Writer’s Flight, is being taken off sale permanently, instead of being revised, because it is included in the e-book of Parallels.

Unfortunately, the name change does mean two challenges going forward:

1) Links are going to break as the second editions come out. There will be temporary confusion as e-books are transitioned to the new name.

2) There have been delays in the print editions of two books, and the sequel to Cubicles is going to run late due to the changes being made in my name. However, all three books should be out in print before 2014 ends, and I’ll post when pre-orders become possible.

But once the main part of the transition is over, there’ll be some really fun stuff happening. I learned a huge amount in Seth Godin’s classes, and there’s been a lot of writing I’ve been holding back from being published as my unhappiness with my pen name grew worse.

I honestly feel as if I’ve been let out of a cage. You have no idea how standoffish and stifling I’ve found it these past seven years to be called “L.M.” instead of a read first name like “Lynn.”

Cheers, Lynn

For Reference. All E-Books published under “L. M. May”…

2 Novels: Soul Cages; Cubicles, Blood, and Magic.

1 Collection: Tales from the Threshold.

3 Novelettes: The Enchantment of Coyotes; Green Grow the Rushes; Shade Town.

5 Short Stories: Parallels; Writer’s Flight (will not be reissued under new name); Just One Date; King of All He Surveyed; A Maze of Cubicles.

All but Writer’s Flight will be transitioned to the new pen name.

The Joy of Unexpected Seeds

Bean Seedlings in a garden bedOnce I started my second year of gardening, I discovered the mystery of seeds.

Or rather, the fun of having vegetables randomly pop up in the garden beds without me actually planting them.

This comes about because I’ve been planting vegetables and sunflowers that produce viable seeds, and also because at the end of the harvest each year I turn the soil over. The leftover seed pods and bodies of the plants get buried in the soil for the winter, and to my joy many of them return in the spring to grow alongside the seeds that are planted.

It’s sort of like having the child of a long-gone friend show up unexpectedly on your doorstep to visit.

In past years I’ve had corn pop up where there shouldn’t be any, as well as sunflowers and beans.

This year I took it a step further, and buried entire dried-out sunflower heads, bean pods, and chopped-up pumpkins in the gardens. Now there’s seedlings of all three plants showing up. I’ve posted a picture of two of the bean seedlings.

From one plant–if it is healthy and the seeds are viable–can come the seedlings to fill a garden bed. From one healthy pumpkin I can get enough seeds to plant a pumpkin patch, if the soil is good and the weather is good and the squash bugs are gone.

Nature can be cruel … but also generous.

See you next week, Lynn