Cast of Characters

Hi, Readers! I’m Sally, the chair of the hospitality committee in Heart of a Hoarder. Up until now, I’m the only character in a Patience Oaktree book who has made an appearance outside of the book’s pages. I’m the star in the book’s video trailer, so Val thought I’d be the right person to introduce this section of the blog. I’m not so sure about that — my specialty is really baking bar cookies.

I love that the video is accurate right down to the purple highlights in my hair. And the lemon squares were delicious. But — and I hope I don’t get in trouble for saying this — the trailer is a pretty primitive effort. I don’t think I need any expertise to realize that. I do hear Val is working on producing some better videos soon.

One of the big goals of this blog is to present the back-stories and extra stories that aren’t included in the published books. Many of those vignettes will be presented by various characters from the books. So…

Orange-titled posts with the oak leaf thumbnail — like this one — are written from the point of view of the character presenting the post.

Publishing Stuff

The business of publishing is a whole array of things different from the knowledge and creativity of the author who writes the manuscript.

I’m thinking there might be a segment of my audience that would be interested in topics such as formatting, printing options, distribution channels, book metadata, etc., etc. Those factors certainly have a lot to do with readers’ experiences when they delve into a Patience Oaktree adventure. And the significant upheavals in the world of publishing today can make for some interesting conversations, too. So…

Green-titled posts with the Green Square Publishing logo – like this one – are written from my point of view as a publisher.

The Blog Thing

I’m just getting started with this Blog Thing and trying to figure out how it works. At first I didn’t think I’d publish these “test” posts, but then I realized that a primary goal of the blog is to let fans see some of the behind-the-scenes stuff, so I decided this would be a perfect way to start.

I’m very happy to have merged all three of my websites – Really Organized, Green Square Publishing, and Patience Oaktree – under one URL. But I also wanted to maintain a separate voice for each of them. So…

Blue-titled posts with my headshot thumbnail – like this one – are written from my point of view as a professional organizer and author.