Our pecan trees are flowering. You may not have ever seen a pecan tree in bloom, but without these flowers (called catkins), we wouldn't have any nuts. There's a tree blooming outside my writing studio window, and 30-some scattered around Meadow Knoll, all in bloom right now. The squirrels, always observant, are jotting down notes on the best blooms in their little pocket notebooks, making plans to harvest the nuts in about 6 months. Last year, our crop (and most of the pecans in our area) fell victim to an ugly fungus brought on by rains and hot weather in August/September. Hoping for better production this year--more pecan pies!
Garden report. It was a rainy March, so everything is green green green. The tomatoes (San Marzanos and Porters) are flowering, the peppers (mostly green bell) are looking good,and the potatoes are putting a lot of energy into growing green tops. (I hope they're putting an equal energy into producing tubers!) But bugs are enjoying the eggplants, and of course the weeds are flourishing. I really need to get out there and pull weeds. The Girls are doing their thing: we are eating a lot of omelets and quiche.
Book report. Lots going on! Last Chance Olive Ranch came out two weeks ago--China's 25th adventure with Berkley Prime Crime. There's a current giveaway here, but hurry--it's only open through 4/16. News: a story producer with one of the major production companies is pitching the series to Hallmark--it's a good fit, so keep your fingers crossed. But don't hold your breath: if this happens, it might be in our lifetimes. :)
On a related subject, the film production company that's working on A Wilder Rose is submitting the project (currently 7 episodes and a pilot) to one of the cable channels. If the screenwriters union (Writers Guild of America, WGA) goes on strike on May 2, everything will come to an abrupt stop, and all the projects in the pipelines will get jammed up. If this happens, you'll know, because it will affect your favorite late-night shows immediately.
On my desk this week: Chapters 13 and 14 in Book 7 in The Darling Dahlias, which will be out later this year or early next under my imprint--working title: The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover. The General's Women is out, to strong reviews. And Loving Eleanor won another award: a silver Ben, from the Independent Book Publishers Association, coveted because it recognizes the whole book (cover, interior design, binding) as well as the story.
Whew. Busy times, love the fresh energies that spring brings--in spite of the chaos in the White House and the apprehensions that I feel (maybe you do too) for the Supreme Court and the whole justice system, under the new mean-spirited and ugly administration. Women's health care, education, research, the environment and more--it feels like most of what I care about is at risk now. You can see where I stand, but you already knew that, I'm sure.
Reading note. Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.--Hayley Williams (I'd amend that to bad fall, just to be clear.)