New Look, Old Me

April 17, 2015

Here's Looking at You

I'm like a kid with a new toy. I keep clicking on my website for no reason other than it makes me happy. Oh, I know I have other business with it. And I'll get to that. But for now I just want to look.

I only recently learned something I never knew. The first image that pops up on a homepage? It's called the hero image. I love that. For my "hero" I chose the view out the window at the house I stay at in Grantsburg, Wisconsin, which my friend Jon Giswold, (who also happens to be a phyiscal fitness expert, author, and expert knitter, among many other talents ) generously allows me use of for extended periods of time. The image you see was taken by my husband, during our vacation there last summer. One misty morning, when the light was at that magical moment of perfection, he dashed outside with his Nikon and grabbed the shot. Life is like that. Those magic moments are fleeing, so act fast.

A lot has happened since that summer day. I self-published the first book in my Cypress Bay mystery series, BONES AND ROSES. For months on end, I was crazy-busy, no time to so much as bake a pie. Flossing? Forget it.  It's a ton of work wearing two hats, I discovered. And I thought raising kids while writing books was hard!  I don't regret it for a moment. It was a crash course in publishing, and a revelation in many ways. I learned that what works for others doesn't necessarily work for me. I had to reassess my priorities and come up with a workable plan for myself. And I did, which I'm happy about. My husband, Sandy, is still waiting on that pie, but the other day I baked banana bread.

I also discovered you can only sit at a computer for so long - we're talking years - before it catches up with you. Sitting is the new smoking, as one friend put it. I developed back and neck problems, and having been seeing a chiropractor which involves hours of physical therapy three times a week. I'm learning gobs about ergonomic bad habits, of which I have been guilty.  I've gone from whining "Why is this happening to me?" to asking "Why did it take this long?" I was a train wreck in the making. I just didn't know it. Oh well. Hindsight is 20/20. Which reminds me. At least I have my eyesight. Thank God for that. I've decided my strategy,moving forward, is to be grateful for what I still have instead of moaning about the body parts that are crapping out on me.   

Folks in Grantsburg Do it Up Right

I leave tomorrow for Grantsburg, where I'll be speaking at the library's annual Spring Gala the following Saturday. Tickets are still available, if you happen to be in the area. 

I'm excited to get back to my adopted community and breathe the country air. I'm working on the final draft of Book 2 of my Cypress Bay mystery series, SWIMSUIT BODY. I also started a new book, a romantic suspense novel, set in Grantsburg. More on that to come, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, sit up straight. No slouching. 

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Stephen W. Hiemstra on Mon, April 20, 2015 at 8:11:43 said:



I note that your new site is also more text-centric which is move than also recently made on both my sites ( and  My traffic jumped after the move.

I swim every morning which helps retard the effects of sitting and reading too much.


    Eileen on Mon, April 20, 2015 at 8:18:29 said:

    Thanks, Stephen. Good to know! Yep, swimming is great. I’m just waiting for the weather to warm up so I can swim in the lake.

Janine on Mon, April 20, 2015 at 8:54:48 said:

So lovely to see you back online again Eileen! Looking forward to your new books!!

    eileen goudge on Mon, April 20, 2015 at 12:57:11 said:

    Thanks, Janine. I’m glad you like the new look. It’s a pretty radical change from my old site, but I hope others, like yourself, will find it pretty and user friendly.

Shel on Mon, April 20, 2015 at 9:26:25 said:

You caught me!  Must have used your mom voice (“In the meantime, sit up straight. No slouching.”) because I automatically popped up straight smile  Love the new site!

    eileen goudge on Mon, April 20, 2015 at 12:59:12 said:

    My mom said those very words to me. “Stand up straight. Don’t slouch.” I can hear her voice in my head. She wasn’t right about everything—she also warned I’d go blind reading under the covers at night—but she was about that.

Peter Radowick on Mon, April 20, 2015 at 10:29:41 said:

Nice new look, Eileen. I hear the optimism and enthusiasm in every word you write. I share those feelings where your work—and your life/health/marriage/baking/etc—is concerned. We’ve never met but I consider you a friend. Behold the power of the written word. Till next time…

    eileen goudge on Mon, April 20, 2015 at 1:00:45 said:

    Thank you, Peter.  Yes, we do go way back.  I value your opinion and i’m glad you like my new look. I also love that it’s mobile-ready, which means more people will see it. Yay!

Elizabeth Marx on Mon, April 20, 2015 at 12:58:01 said:

Where is Grantsburg? I’ve got to get a map and check. Now I know why my back is in such bad shape, I’m going to stand at the counter and write for a bit and maybe bake some banana bread while I’m there. You’ve motivated me this Monday! Have a great week & the site looks great!
Happy Writing!

    eileen goudge on Mon, April 20, 2015 at 1:03:43 said:

    Thanks for checking in, Elizabeth Seems i’m the voice of our generation on these back issues. This is the age when lifelong habits   catch up with you. Thank god I never smoked. Though I’m told sitting is the new smoking. Oy. It’s always something. I’m thankful I can still write.

Josie Brown, author, The Housewife Assassin's Hand on Mon, April 20, 2015 at 1:30:30 said:

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful—both your new website, and your Wisconsin view! How peaceful.
Now, get writing! I need another Elieen Goudge book!

    eileen goudge on Mon, April 20, 2015 at 2:04:08 said:

    I’m working, I’m working. Can you hear the sound of oars creaking? Heave ho, heave ho. I get inspired looking out at all that water.

Susan Becraft on Wed, April 22, 2015 at 4:22:50 said:

This is terrific, Eileen! Congratulations from me, my spider wasp and beetle dioramas. If not for Bones and Roses, I would not have these two pieces of amazing art. Anxiously awaiting your next book.

    eileen on Wed, April 22, 2015 at 6:34:50 said:

    Susan, it makes me smile every time I think of you with the insect dioramas. I wasn’t sure readers would “get it,” if you know what I mean. But at least one did - you - and that makes it all worthwhile.I’m happy for Lisa Wood, too. She’s such a unique artist.

    Next stop, SWIMSUIT BODY. Stay tuned…

Georgina Troy on Sun, April 26, 2015 at 1:42:35 said:

Congratulations on your new website, it’s wonderful. I love that amazing view, so beautiful. I never knew that the image on the homepage was called a hero image!

    eileen on Mon, April 27, 2015 at 8:53:22 said:

    Nor did I, Georgina. I love that term “hero image,” don’t you? Says so much. Glad you like the new look. Thank you for checking in.

Julie Valerie on Mon, April 27, 2015 at 2:04:51 said:

Your next book will be set in Grantsburg? That’s wonderful! I can’t wait to read it. I know how much you love the area and I’ve enjoyed drooling over your Grantsburg photos for a few years now. I am THRILLED you will be capturing the location in a novel. Can’t wait!

    eileen on Mon, April 27, 2015 at 8:54:38 said:

    It all started here so it should end here. Though the story of Grantsburg, WI is ongoing. I’m now officially an “adopted” member of the community. Isn’t that lovely?

Janine Kimberley on Fri, October 23, 2015 at 7:45:18 said:

Live your new website Eileen, so looking forward to your new book, any further news yet on its release date?  Hope you are well, I love your books. Cheers from Australia! on Fri, October 23, 2015 at 8:36:45 said:

    SWIMSUIT BODY will come out early next summer. Change in plan, change in publisher…it seems this one was swimming against the tide, but I hope you find it worth the wait. Thanks for asking, Janine! I’ll let you know when I have a pub date.

Miroslava Novakovic on Mon, April 24, 2017 at 7:47:01 said:

I miss hearing from you my friend Eileen and if can find the time please befriend me again.My computer went nuts and lost many and also you. Am sad because of that. May you and Sandy be happy,haealthy and may all your hopes and dreams come true.
Miroslava ;Beli Manastir,Croatia. (Love you and take care)

    Eileen Goudge on Mon, April 24, 2017 at 6:35:43 said:

    Hi Old Friend. So happy to hear from you again.  I would love to have you sign up for my mailing list. You can do so on my website. You can also “like” my Facebook author page if you haven’t already. Hope you are well. I’m busy working on a new book, which you will know more about when I have a pub date.