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In the Beginning….

Hi!   Thanks for stopping by this space and taking a look!

But I’ll ask for forgiveness up front. This first blog post is more potential than polish, as most of our beginnings are, from learning to walk to writing our first story.

There is a lot of advice out there for writers on building audiences, developing a brand, collecting a tribe. Sometimes it makes me feel like giving up before I even start. No matter what, there are people out there who are doing all of that way better than me, so why bother, right?

But I do see the value in being able to connect with a writer whose work you enjoy, after all, I follow the blogs/twitter feeds/Facebook pages of a few other writers myself. And as I step out onto the path of publication for The Traveller’s Path, my historical fantasy, I can see the value of having a place where I can connect with my potential readers.

The thing is, I don’t consider myself an expert on anything, really, but I do have some experiences that might be useful to others who are on the writing journey, or some insights into my own writing process that people might find interesting. I certainly can tell you a lot about my book that I am writing; about Northumbria in 642 A.D., about monasteries and kings and thegns and coerls and oh, elves and the Black Death and ergot poisoning. Some of which feature prominently in my book, some of which were fascinating rabbit trails discovered along the way.

I can also wax poetic about tea, about faith, about social justice and books I have read, and about people who inspire me and about places I’ve been. About my family and my slightly silly Labrador Retriever.   I suspect many of these things will show up in this space, at one time or another. It will be a place for me to share some bonus short stories, just for fun. And to point you to other places where you can find more of my work, if you like.

Bear with me, dear reader, and if you would be so kind, help me out a time or two with a comment here and there. Let me know what you like and what you don’t like (which is often more useful, in the end).

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

I’m opening out the door and stepping on the road. I hope you’ll come with me.



What do you think? Have you started something new lately? What do you want to see in this space?


  1. darcywiley says:

    So glad you’ve made a place here. Looking forward to hearing about your story world, writing life and other passions!

    1. L.A. Smith says:

      Thanks, Darcy. Grateful for your support…it’s nice to have friends to share the journey with!

  2. Sounds like an interesting journey to join!

    1. L.A. Smith says:

      Thanks, Colette, appreciate you stopping by!

  3. Vanessa says:

    Oh, please DO wax poetic about tea, dahhhhhling!!!

    Congratulations on your first steps, sis!! This is great! I like the mood, vibe, feel of the overall and I look forward to you pushing more writer-ly words at me! XO

    1. L.A. Smith says:

      Tea, tea, and tea….yes….

      I’m glad you like it. I thought the theme was a good fit. Thanks for the support, I really appreciate it! XO back at ya…..

  4. Dale says:

    Congrats, Lisa! Look forward to your blogs and your book! A dream realized!

    1. L.A. Smith says:

      Thanks, Dale….it certainly is a dream in progress….

  5. Debby Harrington says:

    Congrats Lisa! Looking forward to following you on this journey!!

    1. L.A. Smith says:

      Looking forward to sharing it with you, Debby!

  6. Cheryl says:

    I am standing right beside you as you open that door, jumping up and down, clapping my hands and saying “I am so excited, sooooo excited.”

    1. L.A. Smith says:

      Glad you are excited…me too! So happy to have you here with me, cheering me on. It means a lot.

  7. Monica Roddis says:

    Lisa, how do you find the time for such adventures? I am guessing you are more organized than I am……God Bless your efforts!

    1. L.A. Smith says:

      More organized? Or just crazier….thanks for the blessing, I’m sure I will need it 🙂

  8. June Stewart says:

    Beautiful read

  9. June Stewart says:

    Forgot to wish you luck with your new adventure

  10. I think this is awesome, Lisa! I’ve been meaning to email you about how your book is going, but keep getting side-tracked by work and having a three-year-old. Ha. My own book isn’t going so well, I think I need to start fresh and work it from a different angle…or try something else altogether. I’m not sure yet.

    1. L.A. Smith says:

      Sometimes a reset can work wonders. Good luck with it, keep me posted!

  11. Janice Parsons says:

    Hey Lisa,
    This is great — a lovely warm opening statement inviting us readers to journey along!!! New beginnings are exciting and frightening … I’m dipping my toes into the world of Computer Science AP Exams…

    1. L.A. Smith says:

      Thanks, Janice! Good luck with the exams….

  12. Shirley says:

    It has a very classy look to it, Lisa. Best of luck on your launch

    1. L.A. Smith says:

      Thanks, Shirley, I appreciate you stopping by for a look!

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