plot twist // #hopewriterlife

day 9 // plot twist ✨


I am an unlikely gardener.
As a kid, I loved being outside, but hated doing outside work. Instead of picking up sticks or raking leaves, I’d just wander around the yard with my Dalmatian, probably lost in my imagination.

But the women before me in my family are gardeners.
Flower whisperers.
Vegetable tamers.
Green thumb aficionados.

And a few summers ago, when I started writing about a young girl, her grandmother, & their faerie garden, I found myself outside, digging in the dirt.

Today, I weed here & there when I’m outside.
This summer I planted three raised beds of vegetables, with five more waiting for this rainy season to pass.
I have flower starts & pollinator beds.
There’s a little corner tea garden, filled with gnomes & spots for faeries to gather.
Some art installations & bottle trees inspired by my mother-in-law litter the space of my garden.
And there’s a rusty old tricycle in the corner, its basket blooming orange.

I think the women in my life would be proud of this little plot twist in my life.

I’ve created an inspiring place, literally in my backyard, for stories to grow & my imagination to wonder.
And every time I come inside, my fingers are covered in dirt, & my heart is full of new stories.

I’m an unlikely writer, too, but I’m learning stories grow just like a garden.

This post originated on Instagram as part of the Hope Writer’s #hopewriterlife challenge round 2, but I’m sharing it here are part of my Notes from a Writer’s Desk series.