I’m thankful for the sweet smell of coffee wafting through the house when I wake up in the morning, sunlight streaming through the windows in my bedroom and softly snoring pugs beside me as I open my eyes to a beautiful day. I’m thankful for the recent rains we’ve had, probably more this month than […]

December 31 2014      18 comments     Linda Ly

Every year for the last couple of years, I’ve been sequestering myself for several days at a time, borrowing beautiful homes in beautiful places for self-imposed and self-directed writing retreats. I find myself checking off a huge number of tasks on my to-do list in just a few days, more than I’m usually able to […]

November 12 2014      12 comments     Linda Ly

National Career Development Week kicks off today, and while I personally have no connection with the counseling association that celebrates it, I always feel it’s a great time to reexamine career goals and set a game plan for the coming year. Many people do this after the first of the year, but I like to […]

November 10 2014      27 comments     Linda Ly

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to volunteer for a very special project with the California State Parks Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the California State Parks system through fundraising, legislative advocacy, and volunteer work days at understaffed parks. My husband Will currently leads the work days at our “home” park, Rio de Los Angeles, […]

August 22 2014      15 comments     Linda Ly
Aventuras   Diversión

Nearly six months after I announced my first book deal, the manuscript’s been turned in, the interior pages have been mocked up, and the cover’s thisclose to being finalized. (We’re hoping to wrap it up this month!) It has been a crazy, crazy ride this year, and it’s not over yet. I kept thinking that […]

June 10 2014      20 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Libros   Trabajo

We’ve had torrential rain for the last four days. It was utterly awesome. And not just because the rain was desperately needed in our drought, but because it gave me an excuse to make a fire every day and drink hot cider, the kind of wintery things I adore but don’t get to do that […]

March 3 2014      22 comments     Linda Ly
En La Casa

I want to quit my 9-to-5 job and do what you do. What advice can you give? Above anything else, this is the question I see most in my inbox. I don’t know what it is people think I “do,” but I do work… I just work random hours and random days, and can just […]

January 19 2014      68 comments     Linda Ly
Trabajo   Vida