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My Morning View

I haven’t shared many written essays on the blog because I’m working on a few big projects. The biggest project is my new book. The working title of the book is How to Build a Joyful Life (Even When Bad Things Happen) and it will be part memoir, part how-to. If all goes well, I’m going to self-publish the book in 2014.

Over the last few weeks, my writing process hasn’t been going smoothly. I’ve been writing but the content hasn’t been good. And, that makes me wonder if I should proceed with the book or if I should kill the project.  At the beginning of 2014, I’m going to send the book to my editor and have Logan review it too. Based on their feedback, I will make my final decision about the book.

Also, I’ve been toying with the idea of self-publishing a coffee table book called My Morning View: An iPhone Photography Project about Gratitude and Good Coffee.  The book will highlight select images from My Morning View photography series. Right now, I’m ninety percent sure that I’m going to move forward with this concept.

In addition to work, I’ve been walking, mediating, and enjoying my morning view with a good cup of coffee. And speaking of coffee, the lovely folks at Northbound Coffee gave me a tour of their roastery earlier this week. Northbound Coffee is based in Mt. Shasta and, in my humble opinion, they roast the best coffee beans in Northern, California. Check out their website and order some beans.

And last but not least, I’m excited about the Thanksgiving holiday and another fun project that is in the works. This project is still a secret but I hope to share information about it soon. In the meantime, enjoy your holiday and thank you so much for reading my blog. I’m grateful for your support.

Be well,

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  • betsy mccullen November 27, 2013, 10:50 am


    with the exception of a few articles on “small living journal”, i have yet to publish anything i write. but, i AM still a writer. in the future i plan to self-publish – if and when – i ever decide to actually publish anything i write. i sincerely hope you don’t ‘kill’ the joyful life book!! i would love to read that! i so enjoyed your last book! of all the small living books i have read so far,that was one of my favorites 🙂

    i know from experience that the farther i am away from my work sometimes – whether it’s my writing, art or photography – the better it looks later when i go back and look at it. i ‘shelf’ my writing sometimes for just that reason. when i go back to it, i often find i like it better than i did before i thought i hated it – LOL!! on the other hand, that distance often makes my editing of it much easier on my eyes and my thoughts flow freer.

    maybe you are pressuring yourself? your walks, your meditations, mt shasta, the farm and the kitties will bring your mind back to your ‘writing place’ again if you think something is ‘missing’. maybe you are experiencing a form of writer’s block…who knows. i love reading ALL your stuff as i am sure many of your fans do too 🙂

    i would love to see your ‘morning view’ book published as i so enjoy your photos. i would buy it as soon as i knew it was out!! and mt shasta brings back such great memories of my years past when i lived in northern california.

    happy thanksgiving to you, logan and the rowdy kittens <3


    • Tammy Strobel November 27, 2013, 12:00 pm

      Thank you for the sweet comment, Betsy! I really appreciate it. I think you are right. Sometimes having a little bit of space from writing is a good thing. Your words gave me a confidence boost, so thank you so much!

      I hope to see your work in print soon! Happy turkey day.

  • Sandra Pawula November 27, 2013, 10:51 am

    I’m grateful to know you, Tammy, as well. Thanks for all the goodness you bring into the world.

    • Tammy Strobel November 27, 2013, 12:00 pm

      Thank you Sandra. I hope your holiday is lovely. 🙂

  • Mary November 27, 2013, 1:12 pm

    Would totally buy your photo coffee table book! I can put it in my dental office 🙂

  • dorthe November 27, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Tammy, don’t stop writing, you write too well to stop writing – Go with the flow and be your own best friend on the days when writing is a struggle. Be kind to yourself – we all love your work!
    Happy thanksgiving,

    warm regards,

  • Andrea McMackin November 27, 2013, 5:23 pm


    I enjoy your photos. I grew up on the ranch next to Logan’s family and your photos of the area bring back good memories. I think your photo book is a great idea. Keep the photos coming, I look forward to them!


  • Andie November 28, 2013, 6:48 am


    I always love reading your blog (with my morning cup of coffee). I agree with other comments above. The “My Morning View” Photo book feels like a really great project. Look forward to seeing it. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving.

    Warmest Wishes, Andie

  • Sharle Kinnear November 28, 2013, 9:39 am

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful day, Tammy! I, too, would def read any book you published! You have a special way of seeing things that is invaluable. Please consider writing a book that is illustrated with your marvelous photos . . . i know your part of the country pretty well and, again, you have a special way of seeing it through your camera lens. Never give up, girl!

  • Nila November 28, 2013, 1:10 pm

    I am new to your blog. I find that it initiates new thinking about many things for me. I haven’t written a book, but took a self-publishing seminar many years ago and it is my humble opinion that you not quit on the book or any other project that comes to your mind. It came to your mind for a reason and although you may not know the reason yet, it is a gift and perhaps you are to finish the book to share the thoughts with others.

  • Colleen November 28, 2013, 2:18 pm

    Hi Tammy (and Logan).

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Have a wonderful day. I want to encourage you to continue writing and publishing. I really enjoy your work, and think you have something important to say.

    I LOVE your photography. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. I am short on time and can’t do a photo class now, but hope you’re still doing them when I’m ready. Keep sending your photo work 😉

  • Martina November 29, 2013, 7:23 am

    Both projects sound interesting – please keep writing! Your essays are so full of insight and helpful wisdom – I am sure this book would bring a lot of good into many lives. And your coffee photos – I love those and would love to have them on paper.
    Just let it “brew” a little bit. Have a little distance. Take a mini-adventure… I really hope to see this book someday!

  • Trisha November 29, 2013, 9:05 am

    Do the coffee table book!!!

    I work at a newspaper, and the other day was just not feeling it on the article I was writing. I gave it to the editor to say, hey, help, and he couldn’t figure out what I was talking about. Said I was being too hard on myself and it “read fine.” (Was I magically happy with it? No. Still think it sucked. It got published anyway.) Then he said that sometimes when we write, there are “footholds” that grab you and make it easy, but sometimes the footholds aren’t there and that’s what makes it harder. That did make me feel better… it’s not just me! Also, I think that’s the way of the writer… you are always more critical of your writing than everyone else is.

    Anyway, I enjoy your words, whether in book or blog form….

  • Darris November 29, 2013, 9:18 am

    I feel blessed to have found you and made new friends in the process of taking one of your courses . . . I always enjoy your blog, it’s one of the handful I take time to actually read . . . wishing you and Logan well on your journey . . .

  • Andi November 29, 2013, 9:09 pm

    I love the coffee table book! If you make it available for international sale, I will definitely buy it! (I’m in New Zealand)

  • Diane November 30, 2013, 5:19 am

    I always look forward to your enspiring blogs. Glad to hear that you are still enjoying your morning coffee. One of life’s little pleasures.

  • Kane November 30, 2013, 3:59 pm

    Hi Tammy

    It would be sad to think that after so much effort you would ditch the new book.

    May I suggest that ‘getting stuck’ is part of the creative process and you have the capacity as a successful author to overcome that.

    Sometimes (often) it can be really worth while taking a step back from a project. How about taking a break and saying to yourself something like ‘I don’t need to do this right now and there is stuff to work through before I can get where I want too be’.

    Then leave your brain to sort it out in the background. I figure your grey matter knows what the issues are and it is a case of giving the subconscious part the time and space to work on the problem(s) without your the concerns and pressures of the here and now intruding.

  • Elisa Pinheiro December 3, 2013, 12:03 pm

    Yeah!!! You’re writing a new book! That’s exciting news. I can’t wait to order my copy!