Meet our New {Friends}

We’ve been busy hauling wood chips/mulch. The county said we could have everything we wanted, so we’re making good on it. #WasteNot Ground cover is good stuff to have on hand for ground cover, weed control, or composting.

It’s, also, toe-trimming time, so we’ve busied ourselves getting all the hooves caught up.

Last time, I promised to include pictures of the new pasture residents.

This is Chocolate.

She’s not impressed with my picture-taking.



Meet Ginger (on the left) and Maryanne (on the right).

I might be channeling my inner Gilligan.



Meet the mother/daughter duo, Snickers and Milky Way.

I’ve made a lot of changes to the herd for next year. I’m focused on switching to great milkers–good-natured, high production–and adding some fun color to our mix in the field. We don’t raise show goats or registered goats (my sister does!), so I decided to have fun with it.


On the sheep side of the farm…

We’ve gotten another ewe for Mountain Man.


There he is… cheesing for the camera. He thinks he has fabulous neck hair.


Meet Marmelade!

That’s her. In that fashionable teal collar.


My peachicks are also starting to get some color on their necks.


And John Wayne is still happy to sit on my arm.

We’re going to have to get a falconry glove, though.

He’s got some sharp claws!



It’s been a good day, here on the farm.

Thanks for visiting, and come back soon. (:





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Updates from {Home}

Good morning from my world!

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It’s such a beautiful day here that I’ve abandoned my story to play with goats and scratch their ears. The humidity is higher than we’re used to, but the rain has been watering the earth and turning the grasses green once more. That makes everything happy.

I’ll have to get back to building my fictional towns soon. New Haven, New York, and Yearly, Texas, won’t wait for long.

But first, we’ve had a few new additions! Two goats named Ginger and Maryanne. We have a new sheep, a ewe, named Marmalade, and tomorrow will welcome two more new arrivals. Pictures soon!

Choose Joy today, friends!

And, as always, if you need a bit of a pick-me-up, drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you!



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Behind My Camera

Last week, I was trying to catch a shot of my “idyllic life.”

This is the morning shot I was going for.

Pretty sweet, right? (: One of the many reasons we love it out here.

But this is what was happening behind the camera.


I flipped my camera around to “selfie” mode.

That’s my livestock guardian dog, Coal, breathing sweet nothings about bacon and whatever else his hungry heart could come up with. In my ear.

The forward view… Literally, like, five seconds later.


Mountain Girl was not a happy ewe. You know. Since my phone still isn’t food.

This is a great illustration of how everything can so often look one way from the outside, but really only be a small part of the story. This applies to families in the restaurant, to people on social media, or even to the jerk behind me in the drive-thru line.

Stuff isn’t always what it seems, and mountains might be moving, lives might be changing just out of sight. Whatever your mountain is. Don’t give up.

#KeepOn #ChooseJoy #LetsGetThereTogether

Thanks for reading my stories (both real-life and fiction) and for tagging along on our adventures!


P.S. We’ve had more babies! (: Twin boys this time.


***If you need encouragement today, hit me up.

I’d love to cheer you on.***



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Supernatural SuperFan Giveaway + Waiting on Babies…

I’ll have a fiction freebie next week.

But, in the meantime, I’m sitting out here in this field, waiting on labor to kick in. You know, the kind where there’s bellowing and pushing and then a baby at the end?!

Okay. Okay. It’s NOT my labor that I’m waiting on. I’m not even waiting on a human. Though, I am waiting on kids.

My goat nannies are about ready to pop.


One already did. Poker had twin girls earlier this week.


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Interview with {Sarah Ashwood}

“On Earth, Annie’s voice brought her fame and fortune. In Aerisia, it brings her magic, but the cost of that power may mean the destruction of Aerisia itself.”

Hi, Sarah. I’m so glad you’re here! I want to thank you for agreeing to chat with me about your career as a writer and your latest fantasy work. First, though, tell me about you and why you write fantasy. What is it about the genre that you love?

I grew up loving Disney fairytale movies (Sleeping Beauty was my favorite), and that drew me into loving and reading fairytales. Loving fairytales drew me into loving fairytale related themes, such as knights and castles, warriors, dragons, fairies, etc. Along with that, a favorite book of mine growing up was the time travel book Max and Me and the Time Machine by Gery Greer, where two boys buy a time machine and accidentally travel to 12thcentury England. Actually, I still love that book! It sort of introduced me to the idea of travelling back and forth between worlds. As I got older, I fell into Lord of the Rings, Robert Jordan, and others of the fantasy greats. All of these things together produced an enduring love of the fantasy genre, specifically portal fantasy, which is what I tend to write. I guess the main things about fantasy that I love is how it combines a little bit of everything!

What inspired your latest new release? Tell me about those characters. Fairy Book.jpg

Several things inspired it. I enjoyed the male MC, Cole, so much in my Sunset Lands Beyond trilogy where he was a side character that I wanted to tell his story. He is Simathe, which is a non-human race of immortal warriors in my fantasy world, Aerisia. At first glance, the Simathe appear very cold and dispassionate and emotionless, but if you dig deeper you see they have a strong sense of honor and are committed to the preservation of their homeland, even if their methods are sometimes considered suspect by outsiders. Out of all my Simathe, Cole was the most…outgoing, I guess you could say? And I wanted to showcase him in his own book.

 Also, in this new series, which is related to my first Aerisia trilogy, I wanted to take a closer look at some of Aerisia’s unique races and their worlds. Aerisian Refrain, the first book of my brand-new Beyond the Sunset Lands series,delves heavily into the world of Aerisia’s fairies, their mysteries and their magic. Subsequent books in the series will deal with the Moonkind, people of the moon; the Warkin/Dragonkind, people who live with dragons; and then the Simathe culture itself.

Lastly, I wanted to explore a connection between music and magic, so I created the female MC, Annie Richards. She’s a powerhouse singer/entertainer on Earth, who is brought to Aerisia by creatures straight out of her nightmares. Here, she discovers the power behind her voice is magic, the legacy of creatures long-banished from Aerisia. Along with all this, Annie is part Cherokee, so I really enjoyed waving aspects of Cherokee folklore into this book as a celebration of her heritage. 

As a writer, what is the hardest part of the creative process for you?

Whew. Well, finding time to write when my kids—3 boys, ages 6, 4, and 2—are otherwise occupied. Like at naptime or bedtime.

What feeds your creativity? What do you do if you have writer’s block? Does that happen to you?

I would say reading and music both feed my creativity. Also working out and running. That really freshens my mind, I think. If I get writer’s block, going for a nice run will open my mind. If I can’t get out of the house to run, I’ve been known to find inspiration while housecleaning. Honestly, just the act of getting up and moving around helps.

What’s the most interesting place you’ve been?

Oh my, that’s hard to say. I’ve actually visited 49 of the 50 United States, so I’ve been lots of interesting places. The giant Sequoias in California, Multnomah Falls in Oregon, Niagara Falls, and the Grand Canyon are some of my favorite places I’ve visited.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

Oh Rome, for sure. I’m obsessed with the ancient Roman Empire. It’s a life goal to visit Rome someday.

What do you hope readers take away from your books?

Good feelings, I hope. Also a sense of good triumphing over evil. I deal with some hard issues in my books, but I do not like sad endings, so I never plan to write a book that leaves readers with a sense of hopelessness or despair. We have enough of that in real life.

Remind me once more about your latest release and where we can find your books.

My latest release is Aerisian Refrain. It’s the first book in a brand new series, Beyond the Sunset Lands. Although it is related to my Sunset Lands Beyond trilogy, you don’t have to have read the one to enjoy or understand the other.

Brief description: “On Earth, Annie’s voice brought her fame and fortune. In Aerisia, it brings her magic, but the cost of that power may mean the destruction of Aerisia itself.”

You can find all of my books here on my website!

Author pic 2About Sarah Ashwood

Don’t believe all the hype. Sarah Ashwood isn’t really a gladiator, a Highlander, a fencer, a skilled horsewoman, an archer, a magic wielder, or a martial arts expert. That’s only in her mind. In real life, she’s a genuine Okie from Muskogee who grew up in the wooded hills outside the oldest town in Oklahoma and holds a B.A. in English from American Military University. She now lives (mostly) quietly at home with her husband and three sons, where she tries to sneak in a daily run or workout to save her sanity and keep her mind fresh for her next story.

Sarah’s works include the Sunset Lands Beyond trilogy and the fantasy novella Amana.

To keep up to date with Sarah’s work and new releases, sign up for her newsletter. You can also visither website, or find her on Facebook, Pinterest,Instagram, and Twitter.

You can also read some of Sarah’s marvelous work here.

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