I thought I would share a little bit about where and how I work. First off, I’m a plotter. I can’t write without an outline…and I’ve found that I also need something bigger and more visual than an outline. I need a large, foldable (so I can carry it with me) crime board/timeline.
Of course, there’s a lot that goes into the outline and timeline. I have various notebooks filled with ideas, research, and random thoughts.
Finally, when I’m ready and fully prepared, I write. Here’s my home office. This is where the magic happens. By magic, I mean writing, rewriting, revising, editing, and sometimes staring at the computer screen because the words aren’t coming out so easily on a given day.
I often write on this blog as though the reader already knows me. I’m a new author and many of my readers do actually know me. But not everyone does and, hopefully, this will become more and more the case as I develop an audience for my writing. For those of you who don’t know me, here are a few basics:
My name is pronounced phonetically (English language) with a hard “h.” Ma-hu-a/Muh-who-uh. German speakers rarely have a problem pronouncing it correctly. This has been an added bonus for me while living in Vienna.
I scuba dive.
I’m a big knitter. Seriously, I knit A LOT.
I’m an animal lover and very much a dog person. (Nothing against cats – I just prefer dogs.)
I am political and I may share my thoughts on this blog. I lean left/liberal. I believe in safe and legal access to abortion and gender affirmation surgery (both are health care). I believe black lives matter. I support LBGTQ+ individuals. I don’t care what bathroom you use as long as you wash your hands.
I’m married. My husband’s job is what took us from New York to Nairobi and then to Vienna, where we live now.
Our dogs are Nairobi street dog rescues. We brought them with us when we moved. They have adapted well to Vienna and are now full-blown, expat dog, princesses.
If you want to know more about me, you can follow me on Instagram or Tiktok. I post more often on Instagram and that account probably gives more insight into my day-to-day life.