By Ann Minnett
Spring came early to NW Montana in 2015. February resembled a typical April on our hilltop, and today, only a few snowy patches remain in the forest. The bald ground on which I’m thinking about building a studio asks me, So is this the year you build it?
Potential studio building site
I’ve always wanted a separate studio in which to write, work on craft projects and not have to clean them up until finished, practice yoga, or take a quiet nap. But mostly a place of my own to write. My current office is a lovely space filled with my treasures. It is also the guestroom and repository for furniture and lamps that don’t fit anywhere else in the house.
Why am I dragging my feet on the studio project? The answer woke me a 5:00 a.m.
If I own a writing studio, then writing becomes an official and committed relationship. Having finished the first draft of my third novel just this week, the time is ripe to accept the fact…
My name is Ann, and I’m a writer.
“And there will be other days and other ways and other months of April.”
Author Nan McKenzie, April 21, 2014
‘And the voice of the turtle dove will be heard throughout the land.’
This quote from the bible is inscribed on my father’s tombstone. He often quoted it as the April full moon came out, along with, ‘And the voice of the turtle dove will be heard throughout the land.’ April was his favorite month, with great promise held in the lighter days, new sunshine heating up the ground to prepare it for the many flowers he would plant, adding color to our cabin camp on Whitefish Lake. As soon as the ice left the lake for good, he could launch The Ranger, the 40-foot excursion boat he had built to carry “dudes” around the perimeter of the lake two to three times a day in high summer.
Mom, my sisters and I, would begin scrubbing the drive-in grille, the concession stand at Bay Point Drive-In Theatre, and the cabins on the lake. Excitement for the busy coming summer began building, even the trees and bushes did their parts, suddenly turning up green after a heavy April rain that caused squishy worms to leave their underground homes and wriggle along the ground.
We’d turn over the two rental inboard boats and three aluminum canoes that were lazing on land next to the dock. The metal canoes were the first of their kind, (Daddy named them for Egyptian kings), and it took several summers before some people would trust them enough to not sink, thinking that the metal was too heavy to float.
In April, Dad liked to call us outside to see the new buds on the many trees around our log house on the lake, and to notice the bright green grass poking heads up to check out the weather. He’d take the big truck with a trailer hooked to the back down to Big Arm to pick up our thirteen horses, which had wintered over in the better weather on the Flathead Reservation. The horses were used for dude rides along the east shore of the lake. Sometimes, Dad would use The Ranger to haul tents and camping gear to the head of the lake, and set up for the tourists to ride in by horseback to spend several days. A helper would take the horses back to the barn while the campers enjoyed several nights under the stars, congregating every night around the campfire. He’d pick them up in The Ranger and bring them back, sunburned, tired and happy.
LESLIE BUDEWITZ is packing, shopping, repacking, and generally getting nervous for the Malice Domestic Mystery Convention May 2-4 in Bethesda, MD, where her first mystery, Death al Dente, is nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Cross your fingers! Crime Rib, second in the series, debuts July 1. She’s also putting the final touches on the third installment in the Food Lovers’ Village series. Bad food puns welcome, as she’s desperate for a title!
Marie Martin’s Maternal Harbor will have a free promotion April 12-14. Harbored Secrets is resting and the rewrite on Marie’s next novel is keeping her in tune with writing.
Kathy Dunnehoff’s Hollywood Beginnings is now available as an audio book on Audible, Amazon & the iTunes library!
What’s a daughter to think? Amy’s mom starred in the most popular beach party movie ever made only to abandon Hollywood for…Minnesota?!
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