The not-so-private lair of a very private modern writer. Tread gently and carefully, please. Pies are always welcome here. And flowers.
I'm an author in evolution, and this site exists to track a growing body of work as well as a way to document my travels as a storyteller. Currently I'm at work on a draft manuscript for Letters to Henry, an epistolary novel about the life and ideas of 19th-century American writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau. As a new student to rhyme and verse, I'm also using the space to share my occasional foray into the universe of poetry.
I am always in search of kindred spirits and lovers of Nature, and if you're one, I hope you will get in touch. Thanks for visiting.
Let me write not for fame and laurel, but from the mere yearning and fondness I have for the beautiful even if my night's labors be burnt each morning and no eye ever shine upon them. - John Keats
Last Updated November 11, 2013 | Blog
My short story, "Their Hearts Were Bronze," has tied for 1st place in the fiction category in the Whidbey Island Writer's Association's 2013 Spirit of Writing Contest.
I am also gearing up for November's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! Will be posting updates to my blog about my progress through Letters to Henry. Can I finish the rough draft by the holidays? Find out by following my udpates at http://nanowrimo.org/participants/haelah.
I was also recently interviewed by Katie Woodzick at Hedgebrook, the women's writing retreat on Whidbey Island, WA, about the craft of writing, poetry, and VORTEXT, the upcoming writer's salon at the Whidbey Institute. Read it on the Hedgebrook blog.