I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I blogged.  I’ve been spending some long overdue quality time with the family, getting my young adult novel ready for the freelance editor I’ve hired, taking a family vacation, managing a crazy work schedule and dealing with some upheaval in my daughter’s gymnastics life. 

You see, the coaches she’s had for a littleIMG_0478 over three years have moved a few hours away to be closer to their family.  Under these coaches, my daughter has grown tremendously as a gymnast.  She started with them at AAU Level 4 and now she’s USA Level 9!!  That’s her in the photo to the right, doing a handstand on top of Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. 

Did you know that Level 9 gymnasts spend 20+ hours a week in the gym?  During the school year, she spends more waking hours in the gym than she does at home.  Needless to say, it’s a very important decision and kinda stressful.

The perfect de-stressor was the week we spent in Asheville, NC, living like locals when we rented an adorable bungalow about a mile from the center of downtown. My young adult novels are all set in the Asheville area, so I love spending as much time as possible there.  Good thing my family loves it as much as I do.  Smile

We ate at some amazing restaurants, hiked Mt. Mitchell, slid into the frigid waters at Sliding Rock, traversed the ropes course at the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park and watched Fourth of July fireworks from atop Hotel Indigo.  We had an amazing time and can’t wait to go back!! 


The Bamboo Bungalow we called home for the week.  Isn’t it cute?


View of downtown from the deck of the Bungalow.


Loved this sign I found in the window of one of the shops on Battery Park Avenue..  Perfect for us writers.


One of the vistas visible from atop Mt. Mitchell.

Have you been to Asheville?  If not, you need to go.  Haven’t you heard?  Asheville’s calling.  What are you waiting for? Smile