Cozy, Cozy Mysteries, Writing Cozies, AND Waiting

Moose mooses his way onto my lap and head-butts me until I pet him.

Moose mooses his way onto my lap and head-butts me until I pet him.

Here I sit, at the computer in my cozy office, cozily clad in corduroy, feeling all warm and cozy. While I attempt to attend to my writing, my purring cat demands pets.  Glancing  through the window at a robin shivering on a leafing-out branch of our Ash tree in the shockingly cold, wet, snowy yard, I can’t believe it’s MAY.  This is the perfect chance to reflect on the past year, a year spent writing, traveling, visiting, updating, and generally being busy. Busy waiting, too. As I wrote articles during my travels and worked on a new Cozy Mystery, I was anxiously waiting for an unbelievably busy, helpful editor to let me know what she thought of my first mystery novel. The waiting part was not cozy at all.

But–the travels were fun. In July, 2012, we visited Wisconsin:

Green Bay was green. Family at Christman'sFamily was fun.

The Apostle Islands National Scenic Waterway area provided us a cool summer getaway and a peek at the charming fruit-growing area and Lake Superior island retreats of Northern Wisconsin. IMG_1321 IMG_2831


Our RV trip to Colorado in August provided time to write and  to hike, two of my favorite activities. Besides, the weather in the Colorado Rockies tended to stay cozily cool, between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, much nicer than the 100+ degrees back home during the same time period.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Writing--RV park near Lake City, Colorado

Writing–RV park near Lake City, Colorado

Hiking near the Continental Divide

Hiking near the Continental Divide
Another hike on top of the world at Rollins Pass, Colorado

Another hike on top of the world at Rollins Pass, Colorado

IMG_2984The deer who came to dinner fortunately wasn’t interested in eating my notes, which were sitting on the picnic table. The little guy ate a piece of bread out of my hand, though. The drought probably made it so dry the deer had already eaten all the tasty wildflowers surrounding the campground; although some were still growing high on the mountain trails.IMG_3034

Our once-in-a-lifetime  Peru trip to hike Macchu Pichu came in September into October. What a great experience. I didn’t write much of my novel on that trip, but I collected notes of memories for a future story.

In January we were in Arizona, Tucson to visit family, Phoenix to visit friends.

The beauties of the desert

A Desert Sunrise over Tucson

In February, our RV trip to visit New Orleans for our first Mardi Gras experience and then on to Florida to escape the cold north winds  wound up being a reminder of the fact it is winter in Louisiana and Florida in February, also. However, we celebrated having some warmish/coolish/rainyish days in the south when we learned of the two feet of snow back home. “Let it snow,…” we said–until on the return home we weren’t able to get into our driveway without first slogging through the snow to the garage for a shovel.

Mardi Gras parades--positively picturesque

Mardi Gras parades–positively picturesque

Mardi Gras costumes are wild and crazy. Crazy garish costumes and tons of beads packed the French Quarter.

Dolphins played in the wake of our ferry boat to an island on the Gulf Coast

Dolphins played in the wake of our ferry boat to an island on the Gulf Coast

I actually wrote a lot during this trip, between the visits to Mardi Gras and the visits with friends and to the beaches. Our RV park was quiet and writer-friendly.

Next, in April, our trip to Portland, Oregon and to the Seafood and Wine Festival in Astoria, Oregon will always remain at the top of my most memorable journeys. Before this trip, I had already heard from editor Sunny Frazier that the book I submitted last summer needs a rewrite. My thoughts on the matter simmered away during this trip. Having lived through the long wait, now the work seems to be just beginning. Kicking thoughts around during long plane rides and road trips has been beneficial, I think. The cozy mystery of how to be a novel writer still remains but is hopefully heading toward a resolution.

Some highlights of the Oregon trip:

Mt. Hood as seen from Washington Park in Portland

Mt. Hood seen during our hike through Washington Park in Portland

Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Trek

Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Trek

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Willamette Valley, Oregon Wine Country

Willamette Valley, Oregon Wine Country

Now the waiting to hear about my book is over, I’m back to being busy, busy learning and rewriting while I pet my insistent felines, update my house, visit family and friends, and enjoy the unreliable weather of the spring, summer, fall, and winter ahead. Happily, the treasure of being able to escape into the puzzle-solving excitement of writing in most any situation leaves me in a cozy situation. Now that I have some unexpected and much appreciated help and encouragement from Sunny Frazier, who has to be the greatest editor ever, my renewed determination and spirit  are bound to set my creative juices flowing and my fingers dancing across the pages.


About Joyce Ann Brown

Freelance writer retired from a long career as a library media specialist, adventurer, reader, lover of all things spunky. Besides hiking K.C. trails weekly, I currently write for publications and write cozy mysteries. Find Catastrophic Connections and Furtive Investigation on Amazon.
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2 Responses to Cozy, Cozy Mysteries, Writing Cozies, AND Waiting

  1. Lydia Dailey says:

    Joyce, I really enjoyed reading about your travels and looking at your beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!


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