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It doesn’t seem like a period of rain this morning as I walk Pippa through a steady downpour.  However, it is winter.  It’s just we’ve been having such gorgeous weather.  Cold, but clear and sunny.  This dark, rainy morning feels oppressive.

I don’t know about you but when it’s cloudy and wet out, I don’t feel as guilty when I stay in and write.  As oppressive as it can feel, the mood created is perfect to hunker down with my laptop or pen and paper and lose myself in a story or a poem.

IMG_0844 (2)When the sun shines I still hunker down to write but the light streaming through the windows often gives me pause – many pauses.  My mind wanders to the brightness of the outdoors.  Green grass beckons.  My dog’s tail wags in anticipation, and it doesn’t take much for me to give in.  Soon we’re out the door into the cool, dry fresh air.

My computer will be here when I return.  My pen and paper won’t go away.  I will glean ideas on my outdoor adventure, ideas for stories and poems and books.  I will stretch my too often stiff limbs, breathe deeply, run.

Meanwhile, the rain pelts down and my fingers clip-clop on the keyboard at a rhythmical pace.  A new story emerges.  In the opening scene the sun is shining.  


Nothing’s more boring than being sick, except maybe talking about being sick.

I’m lucky. I don’t have a terminal illness nor have I been hospitalized, but I’ve had a damn ugly bug over the holidays that zapped everything out of me. For three weeks!

I lay on the sofa and watched Christmas roll by, but, at least I got to be part of it, which was delightful and definitely lifted my spirits.  I did not see any confetti fly or have a glass of champagne as the clock struck twelve on December 31, bidding goodnight to 2015.  I was already in bed, a box of kleenex and bottle of Tylenol by my side.

I’m still not myself although at least I can feel a slight improvement each day, which gives me hope.  It’s crappy being sick.  I have thought many times about all the shut-ins and those who really suffer out there.  It is not easy.  For me this is a blip, for them, it is a life.  No fun at all.

Needless to say, I have done zero writing and very little reading for the past four weeks.  However, I have laid out a plan for this new year of ours and that is a start.

Au revoir, adios, sayonara, fare thee well to the old and in with the new.  It’s funny how January 1st is always a time of reflection, a time to look forward, a time to kiss the past goodbye.  What’s our reminder to be present, to neither look back or look forward, to be in the moment?

Hopefully, that marker can be every morning that we wake up, take our first big breath, stretch our stiff limbs, look out into the clouds or the sun or the rain and say “Here I am. I am grateful for another day of life.”


Hello and happy Monday, first beautiful Monday of 2016!

I hope you enjoyed wonderful December holidays and are ready to take on the year 2016 passionately and fiercely!  I was down with a bad cold for most of the holidays, but I am recuperating slowly and hope to be back on my feet before the weekend.

Today I wanted to share with you a song Inside Out by the glamorous Imelda May.  

Enjoy and happy 2016!

We’re just one day away from a Christmas Eve, and I am so ready to dive into the holidays, take some time off, enjoy the family, my dearest friends, my Pippa and our long walks.  I am also excited to take some time for myself; I look forward to enjoying a good book in one hand, while in the other I’ll be holding a good glass of wine, of course – holidays are to be enjoyed the best you can!
If you are reading this blog, you know that besides writing I love reading, that’s why I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of my favorite books that I read in 2015.  They are not listed in any particular order, and are not necessarily published in 2015, they are just some of the books I read, and that moved me in one way or another.

My Favorite Books in 2015

1. Muse, by Mary Novik – Mary is my writing colleague, and I loved her book
2. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – a very interesting book
4. All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr – winner of the Pulitzer Prize
6. State of Wonder, Ann Patchett – I love Ann Patchett
8. The Best Place On Earth, short stories by Ayelet Tsabari – my friend and colleague’s first book. Award winner! Great stories.
9. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand – so much better than the movie. Hard to put down.
10. Boudoir Stories, by Madison Lake – my latest book, freshly published just a month ago.  A perfect bedtime reading, and an everlasting present.
What were your favorite books in 2015?  Share your top reads in the comments below – if you’re an author, do share your latest published book!
Much Love & Merry Christmas,
Madison Lake


Hello and happy Monday, the last Monday before Christmas!

I hope Christmas fever is easy on you, and you’re getting ready for a wonderful long weekend with your dearest ones.

Today I’m sharing with you the first single from Coldplay’s upcoming new album, A Head Full Of Dreams, called Adventure of a Lifetime.  It was suggested for this column by my reader Wilbur, I loved the song and wanted to share it with all of you as well.

Thank you, Wilbur, happy listening to all of you, my dear readers, I wish you a wonderful and warm Christmas!