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My Overnight On The Trail Backpacking Trip – November 15, 2017

I recently went backpacking or fatpacking which ever you want to call it. I was supposed to backpack for seven days in the mountains of Arkansas. October 29 — November 4, 2017. You know, spend the night on the trail and all that. I've day packed several times but have never done an overnight on the trail trip and wanted the experience.

My sister and I hiked for four days total on this trip, around twenty-four miles in all and spent the night on the trail three of those days. Let me tell you – you might be in shape but if you are hiking straight up a mountain with sixty pounds carried on your back it’s not easy! Yet we kept up with the other experienced hikers.

We opted out on that fourth day after a rainy night and sleeping on a hard ground and no matter how we tossed and turned not finding that comfortable spot.

Oh how sweet was that hot bath and motel bed when we hiked out on that fourth day!

Did I have fun? Yes! Would I do it again? No.

Day hikes yes, overnight hikes no.

Well, okay, maybe one or two nights on the trail but that is all!

What did I get from this experience: A copperhead that reared-up by my leg, seeing two deer, meeting other people (you couldn’t ask for better people), two black toenails, a tighter bum (yes a tighter bum!) and a Wonderful Adventure that I’m glad that I went for.

I posted a few pictures in my Picture Gallery if you wish to go there and take a peek.

If you should be interested in trying this type of adventure for yourself here is a link to get you that experience. http://fitpacking.com/



October 11, 2017

I know that a character in my current Work in Progress (WIP) is about to face death and I'm fighting it. He's a good person and I don't want this to happen to him.  Yet, it's how the story is being played out and if I change the course of his destiny, my whole story will change and won't be authentic. 

This may sound strange and you might be thinking, she has control so what's the problem, but another writer will understand my dilemma.

October 8, 2017

It's All Your Fault

My husband and I left our house fairly early yesterday morning and didn’t return until well after dark. As we drive into our driveway everything is pitch black so I tell him to go on up to the chicken house and shine the pickup lights toward the chicken pen because we need to collect their eggs and secure them in for the night.

Usually when we come in after dark we park in our front drive, this night because of securing the chickens for the night we came in the house through the back door.

As Steve parks the pickup, I walk on toward the house my hands full of eggs and at reaching our patio, I weave around the patio chairs in the dark, but forget about the large cast iron pot that Steve purchased years ago. The pot wasn’t in its usual place and I’d like to say that when I tripped over it that I fell gracefully and said, “Oh, my, I forgot about that pot and tripped over it.” No.

This is what happened — Pitch Dark! I hit that pot with my left shin, eggs go flying as I sail over the pot and throwing out my hands, I catch myself with my palms yet my chin still hits the cement floor, Steve turns on the patio light, and I can tell he is trying not to laugh as he asks me if I’m all right.

I kick that pot with the leg and foot that I didn’t think was broke, the pot went skidding across the cement and as Steve bends down to help me up, I tell him to get the hell away from me!

Now during the time, that Steve was going to help me up and me trying to stand, I of course am blaming him and choice words said.

As I limp into the house, thinking I have blood all over my chin, I go into the bathroom to survey the situation. The oozing wet is in fact busted eggs!

My left shin is skinned up and bruised; my right knee is bruised, both of my palms and of course, the underside of my chin.

As I take a bath, calm down, and try not to cry, I realize that I have to ask God forgiveness for taking his name in vain and admit to Steve that it wasn’t all his fault for buying that stupid pot.

Lesson learned: Generally, your troubles are caused by your own missteps.  

August 6, 2017 - 

Things Said to Me as a Romance Writer

This one was at a writer’s conference and another writer speaking— I don’t read that trash never have never will! I read and write only poetry!

I don’t read romance because they always have a happy ever after and that isn’t life!

Boy, I bet your husband’s a happy man! — Have to say, Sometimes he is, Sometimes he’s not.

Are your books by imagination or real life? — Yeah, I’ve traveled to other universes through a wormhole, killed someone, thought my husband was trying to kill me…and now with my current work in progress, have traveled back in time, and currently live with an Indian tribe.

I only read crime novels.

When I write my book, it’ll be a national best seller and it won’t be romance. — Have to say I haven’t seen this person produce a book yet, much less a national best seller.

My book is a Christian Book! Not like yours! — Can’t Romance novels be about Christianity? The Bible has love stories in it.

I bet you’re kinky! — ? —He hadn’t read my books so what did he know?

Your husband is one lucky man! — Yeah he is, but not because I write romance.

Writing a romance book is easy right? — Sure thing. You hop right on it and write one yourself.

But the Very Best Thing said to me as a romance writer - I love your books. When is your next one coming out? Thank you for those. 


July 21, 2017  -    Be Adventurous - Please

I once had someone tell me that the reason she didn’t read romance books is that they all ways have a happily ever after and that just wasn’t life.

Frankly, I didn’t know what to say to this reasoning. 

Yes, there's no guarantee of a happily ever after for people and their journey in life, but I sure wouldn’t limit my reading because of it. 

I read a plethora of books and across all genres and I have to say that the ones with a happily ever after have always been my favorite. 

May 15, 2017 - Nana, do you have a square?

My daughter and granddaughter were visiting yesterday when my granddaughter comes up to me and asks, “Nana, do you have a square?”.

“Yes. Why? Are you going to draw up something?” I respond.

Looked at in such a confused, bum foozled way, I continue, “You asked if I had a square? What do you need it for?”

My granddaughter jerks her hand up to show me her phone. “I need a square to charge my phone.”

“What?”

Her mother who is listening from the other room begins to laugh and hollers out, “I know what you both are saying."

She may have, but my granddaughter and I were on two different planes, lol. 


March 30, 2017 - Work, work, and more work, but that's a good thing, right?

I am so excited, I signed up yesterday to go on a week-long hike this fall! There will be a group of us so it should be fun, and safe as there is an experienced guide overseeing the hike. Can't wait. 

March 13, 2017 - 

 Ready for Spring.

February 9, 2017 - Eating Crow 

I lost my temper this morning with an employee of a local company after being told I would have to pay a fee to stop a service that they weren't providing, yet I'd been paying for! 

After I hung up the phone my conscious whispered - That wasn't very christian like and I thought you were striving to be a Christian (you know - (no cursing), exhibiting love and kindness and humility, etc).

Well, I failed, people. So I picked up the phone, called back and ate crow. Although as I told the woman, I still believed they were in the wrong. She replied that she appreciated my call back and that she was sorry for the cancel fee that she was required to apply to my account. (I still don't understand that company logic do you?) 

Anyway, I guess I'm a work in progress same as the current book that I'm working on. 


January 24, 2017 -   Carpe Diem

It’s true—what they say— that people have their own reality as to who you are and what you are about.

With that said, it’s a waste of time and energy worrying what others may think about you. Be authentic, live your life, have high standards, and thank God for who he made you to be.

So go out Seize the Day and be you!  

September 21, 2016 - My Books

I wanted to talk about my books, something that I don’t do often. I write romance, yes romance, not sex books. If you’re looking to read a book that is only about the sex, my books are not for you. 

However, if you want to read a story in which the plot involves people who face difficult situations, moral issues, personal revelations, and personal growth then maybe you’ll enjoy reading my stories.

Loving Anna – My first ever book. 

When working on Loving Anna, I’d read that a writer should just write! Don’t worry about correcting anything, just write your story and do any edits needed when you've completed your novel. 

I have never and will never do that again! Now I edit, edit, and edit some more until I reach The End part and then I go back and do one last full edit or two or three....

Traun and Anna in Loving Anna will forever live in my heart as the perfect couple. 

Star Trek was always a favorite TV show of mine with the crew of the USS Enterprise traveling to far away places just as Traun and Anna had to travel to a far, far away place to begin their married life. 

Oh what problems they faced on the barbaric world they landed on. True love always wins though doesn't it?

Always and Forever – My second book published. 

I really enjoyed the characters and their personal growth in this story. This book is about two of the children from the main characters in my first novel. 

Rowan the male love interest in the story—what problems he faced—made fun of when a child because of his human origin, forced to leave home to face an uncertain future, beaten up, left for dead, no wonder he trusts no one.

 Catalena his love interest, such a scamp she was. I enjoyed her energy and positive outlook. She and Rowan both must grow to trust each other and realize that their love is true. 

An Unfair Division – My third book published. 

This book came to me in a dream. The ending did anyway. 

With my books, I don’t outline before I begin writing. I do, however, usually know the beginning, two main crests in the middle and then the ending. I'm always considering my story and questioning what's happening, or going to happen to my characters.

So I guess I outline, but not on paper, only in my imagination. 

In An Unfair Division, identical twins born in a violent manner forever shapes their lives. 

Their father an unfeeling man provokes both girls to strive to obtain his love and attention. 

When one twin, Taite, falls in love with Pierce (a stranger), everything in her life begins to fall apart. 

Why is someone trying to kill her? Is it Pierce the man she loves? Do he and her sister have evil plans for her inheritance? 

Whom can she trust?

By Duty Alone – My fourth book published. 

This book is a continuation from the plot in Loving Anna and in Always and Forever, and is my last book written in this series. 

Reese and Bran! Wow what fights, what chemistry! Mistrust abounds. Bran is a man-whore, yes a man-whore and Reese is not afraid to call him as he is. Forced to wed, she won’t be the one to admit their union is a mistake. 

Bran kicked out from the palace in which he was the King’s top man must take Reese with him. He doesn’t trust her and doesn’t want her anywhere near him. Will he find the pagan worshippers who have killed? Only time will tell. 

(There it is in a nutshell, my four books. If you buy any, I hope that you find them enjoyable and good reads.)

Yes, I’m working on a fifth novel and I’m loving it. If you were thrown back in time could you adjust? Would you survive? 

July 11, 2016 -   Busy summer! 

March 29, 2016 -

Worked in my flowerbeds yesterday. I so love spring time. Mother Earth is yawning, stretching, awakening from her winter slumber. Soon, soon she will be fully alert.

March 24, 2016 - 

I've posted this quote before, but I love it so much that I wanted to post it again.

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. 
~Theodore Roosevelt 

February 12, 2016 - 

Typing away on my current WIP. 


December 16, 2015  -  Sweetie Pie  

I’ve been reflecting today that in only sixteen days this year will be over and another one beginning. As I sit here, I think about my four grandchildren, and how fast, they are all growing up — how fast the years pass. 

The oldest is fourteen soon to be fifteen in a short few months a young woman already and the others are not far behind her. I laugh at a memory recalled of one of the granddaughter’s outrage at me one day when babysitting. She was around four or five years old at the time.

When the grandchildren were small, I never really noticed that I’d say “sweetie pie” when talking to each until this one brought it to my attention.

Well, this day, I walked into the bedroom where she was playing and I asked, “What are you doing, sweetie?”

Looking up at me with affront, she responded, “You forgot, Nana!”

In confusion, I asked, “Forgot what?”

“You forgot pie, Nana! You always say sweetie pie.”



November 18, 2015 - The Steeple Light


Isn’t it strange how you will see something, a benign thing, and it will affect you. Emotions become attached, significance and even reverence to the thing? “Well, yes,” you respond. “Our flag elicits that response or it should.” However, I’m not talking about that.

Coming into my small town there is a church that has a steeple with a light in it, sometimes the light is shining bright, and sometimes it’s dark. I noticed the light coming home one night and it struck me for some reason with strong emotion. The light made me think of God, a Higher Power, or The Master of Life whatever title you want to place on our creator. It gave me a feeling of peace, a sensation that there is something bigger out there, that we all have a purpose. Sometimes, caught-up in the drama of everyday life we become lost, without determination. And just as that light tower is sometimes dark we become dark, lost in life’s journey. I look for that light every time I come into town and it saddens when it’s not shining. A vanished chance for maybe passerby’s to see it and reflect on life and feel connected with something bigger.  

As a people, I pray that we don’t become lost, hardened by others, forgetting the light.


October 22, 2015 -               

Fall
Cool, crisp days come around
Leaves red, yellow, and orange float to the ground
Pumpkins scattered about town
Another year winding down
~Zequeatta Jaques

September 25, 2015 -

A Commune with Mother Earth and the Quest of the Appalachian Trail

I love nature and all that it contains and so with that thought in mind, my sister, and her daughter-in-law, and I took off for the state of Georgia to try our hand at hiking the mountains. 

My sister and I have talked about hiking the Appalachian Trail for years yet never seemed to be able to pin down a time to try it. This past year, we decided our all talk and no action was getting us nowhere and it was time to go check this thing out (before we got too old, you know) and after reading Grandma Gatewood’s Walk we thought if that little old lady could walk the Appalachian Trail it was time for us to do something.

We decided we should go slow our first year—do day hikes, get a glimpse of this Appalachian Trail. We walked for 3 and 1/2 days, approximately 30 miles total and I thought that I was in shape, Ha! My legs cramped every night and I was so glad for a soft bed. 

I loved our walk though and the mountains! Moreover, I’m glad we didn’t actually try to walk the Appalachian Trail this first mountain hike. 

We learned so much—what we didn’t need in our backpacks, what we did need, how much we needed to push ourselves to get from point A to point B, and whether we actually wanted to walk the Appalachian Trail and to stay on the trail overnight. 

We decided that we want to go back and walk this Appalachian Trail! Even though our first day of hiking, it rained on us the whole time! We know we will have to be section-walkers—no walking the whole thing in one whack, but we want to walk it. 

Appalachian Trail here we come. 

*On my Picture Gallery page, I’ve posted my pictures if you would like to see them. Pictures also by Kimberly Miller. (Got some beautiful photos of the mountains, butterflies, and an early morning sunrise. There are some pictures of shoes in tree branches, those are from hikers that have hiked the AT.)


August 6, 2015 -  Ready for winter.



June 13, 2015 - A Week Away From Home

I visited Orange Beach, Alabama for the first time the week of June 1-6 and I loved it! I even met another lady who was there for the first time too and from the state of Oklahoma. It's a small world. 

The entire week had beautiful, sunny days and the water was clear, warm and calm.  The third day, as I was sitting on the beach catching sun rays, I noticed a pair of dolphins playing out in the water. My sister and I oohed and awed over them.  A group of young boys caught a Sting Ray that same evening ( I so wish I'd brought my camera with me that day, I missed two good pictures). The boys let the Sting Ray go and it didn't take long for the creature to dart away, no harm done. Lot's of time was spent in shell gathering and bunches brought home for display. 

I couldn't help but notice that many of the people on the beach were so busy taking selfies and keeping their heads bent toward their phones, that they missed the dolphin's playing. I wonder if the whole experience of the beach slipped by as they posted what fun they were having?

On my Picture-Gallery page are some snapshots that I took while on the beach and one of some of my treasures found. 

The first two pictures is the view from the backside of the condo, Lei Lani, that we stayed in. The third picture is the view of the condo when coming back from the beach.  If you ever get to go make sure to try Hazel's Seafood Restaurant the food was excellent and the service great!



April 24, 2015 - My current book is rolling along. 

Funny how I can jump up at 5 a.m. with no problem, even excited to see the new day when writing but when I worked outside the home and my alarm clock sounded, I groaned and grumbled about the early morning sound and stumbled bed.


April 13, 2015 - 

      Why I Hate My Book Cover For Always and Forever

I cringe every time I look at the cover for my book Always and Forever. I hated, hated this cover from day one when my publisher emailed it to me. I can't blame anyone but myself for the cover - I should have spoken up at the time and explained that I detested the picture. My publisher, BookStrand, would have worked to find another cover if I'd spoken up, but with Always and Forever just being my second book with them, I didn't want to seem like a trouble maker. Hence, I kept quiet. (Lesson learned: Speak Up!)

To me with the title Always and Forever the picture eludes to a ghost story. There's not one ghost in this story! (Doesn't the woman seem like a ghost or is it just me that thinks this?) I explained on the questionnaire to the cover artist that the woman wore a gauzy type dress for an important scene in the story and the gold arm bands (which, I love by the way). This is the dress the artist envisioned, and no, in the scene the man is not naked, although there are love scenes, just not when the heroine is wearing the dress I unsuccessfully, tried to describe. 

This reviewer got my story to a tee and no ghost is mentioned:  Heather of Long and Short Reviews.


April 1, 2015 -  Been working in my flowerbeds. Almost have them all cleaned out and ready to go. I did get some lilies planted and three new climbing rose bushes. The lily tips are just starting to break ground. Looking forward to their blooming.

Have you ever suffered from vertigo? Geez! I guess I had fluid built up in my ears from allergies. About a week or so ago, I woke abruptly around two a. m. with the room spinning and the sensation that I was going to shoot off the bed. Clutching the bed covers, I held tight and keeping my eyes squeezed shut, I fought the feeling of nausea and spinning that permeated. For about a week after that first episode, I had to sleep at night half-sitting up, otherwise, my nausea and spinning would start. Not pleasant, let me tell you. 

Everything seems fine now, but it's not something I want to experience again. 

March 20, 2015 - Think positively and masterfully,
  with confidence and faith, and life becomes
more secure, more fraught with action,
richer in achievement and experience.
~Eddie Rickenbacker

March 16, 2015 -  Working on my next book.

January 22, 2015 - Went to Texas for a couple of days and came back with the flu.  A nephew of mine was given a concoction by an old black man that he said would help to cure the flu.  

It did! I used his concoction and no over the counter med's, and in two days I was better. 

Here is his recipe: One lemon, one yellow onion, honey and water.  
Wash the lemon and cut into four slices, peel the onion and quarter, place all in a pan of water (I used two cups of water) and bring to a rolling boil (I wasn't told how long to boil, so I let it boil for a minute). 

Remove all the lemon and the onion and discard, (If you don't, he stated that the lemon peel would absorb the nutrients that you need).

Pour the water into a cup with honey added (I used two teaspoons of honey) and drink.  Drink about three cups a day until better. I drank a cup in the morning, one at noon, and then one before I went to bed. I just reheated the water that wasn't used. 

Of course this isn't medical advice in any way, but it worked for me.

January 10, 2015 - Wishing for warmer days. 


January 3, 2015  - There's probably little in life that matters more than first believing in one's ability to do something and then having the sheer grit, the sheer determination, the perseverance to carry it through.  ~Johnetta B. Cole


December 27, 2014  - My 4 am Morning Wake-up Call


About two weeks before Christmas, I was jerked awake by the most God awful noise. Jumping up from my bed I looked around in confusion and my husband asks, "What's going on?"  "I don't know," I replied.

Going to the bedroom window, I peek through our window blind and squinting, I could see shadowy things moving around and it dawned, there were cows everywhere! All in the yard and in my flowerbeds and even on my front porch! 

Running to the living room, I jerk open my front door and I yell and wave my arms. (I don't go all the way out the front door because I can't see past the front porch and the thought ran what if these cows are mean or a bull is out there?)

Cows scatter - leaping and lunging from my porch, and I swear, people, one cow when it lunged from the porch, whirled and pushed its head back through a bush and when our eyes connected it was as if it said, "What is your problem, lady?!" 

I yanked up the phone and called the farmer who I was sure these animals belonged to and when he answered, I called him by name and identified myself and I said, "Didn't you just put cattle in your field across from my house?"

His response. "Uh, I don't know why?"

I looked at the phone that I held - what? 

I explained to him what had happened and stated the size and colors of the animals and that they all had ear tags. He said okay he'd come and check it out.

My husband asked if they were his and I responded, "He said, 'Uh, I don't know why?'."

I looked at my husband. "What the hell does that mean?"

"Well it is four am, he probably thought you were going to yell at him if he admitted they were his," my husband replied as he laughed. 

I didn't clean up the mess for two days that they left behind. I was afraid of what had been destroyed.  One cherub statue that I'd bought while on vacation with my sister, I was terrified was surely broken. It hadn't been. Thank goodness.  

Now I can laugh at the episode and that cow that looked at me with such contempt. And yes, even the farmer who said, "Uh, I don't know why?" 



November 14, 2014 

A truly wealthy life lies in defining yourself 
by who you are, not by what you have. 
      For in the end you cannot take a penny with you.
~Suze Orman


November 8, 2014 -  An Early Morning

Autumn is here and what a wonderful time of year. The cool, crisp mornings make me smile. I lean back in my chair, on my front porch, my robe wrapped tight, as I sip my coffee. 

A spider web with its sparkling dew catches my attention and I wonder about life, and the heavens. The spider in the center of the web is a busy creature, as she goes about her business, never knowing I watch. What a beautiful design she's created I think as I rise.

I get my broom. 

July 28, 2014 - Fourth book is done! Been working on edits for the past week now. I love each and every one of my books as I am writing them, but, when done and working on edits, I always begin to doubt myself. This book is crap! Why do I even try to write! I hate it. Yep, time to step back and go for a walk, get some perspective back.  

June 23, 2014 - As I love quotes here goes one that I enjoy.

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breathes, 
In feelings, not in figures on a dial. 
We should count time by heart-throbs.
He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.

~Philip James Bailey



April 25, 2014 - Still writing. Almost done with my fourth book.  I've enjoyed it. Strong characters. 

Got all my flowerbeds cleaned and flower seeds planted back in them. Hope my flowers do well this year. I'll take pictures and post on my Twitter page (if they look pretty) if they don't - well you won't see that. : )  

Have a garden this year.  I'm just feelin like farmer Jane! Ha. Ha. 



January 4, 2014 - 2014!   My how the years can fly by. 

I can remember when I thought someone at the age of twenty was old. And now at more than twice that age, I think, I'm not old damn it! I'm only 54 for crying outloud. 

I look at my grandchildren ages twelve down to ten, and it seems just yesterday my own children were their age.  

We become so busy making a living and raising a family that we don't stop and enjoy the moments as they are happening, and time passes, and the moments disappear.

If I'm blessed to live as long as my Grandfather on my dad's side did, I still have another good 47 years left. A lifetime for some. Today and onward, I'm stopping and enjoying every second of life I have left. I have a lot of living to do and I'm going make the most of it


November 10, 2013 -  
   There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry -
This travel may the poorest take
Without offence of toll -
How frugal is the chariot
That bears the human soul.

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 86)


October 31, 2013 - Love this quote:  


It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. ~Theodore Roosevelt 


October 31, 2013 - Seem to be fighting some internal writing demons. Go away. Go away.

September 22, 2013 - Still writing. 

July 5, 2013 - Sometimes in life things take a wrong turn and you have to wonder, what the hell happened here? We may not always understand  others or situations, yet you can't let what's not under your control change your thinking to the negative.  

Even on the darkest, cloudy days and you had plans for the outside, give thanks for the rain.   

April 17, 2013 - Still writing. I believe God has blessed me with a storytelling skill and I'm trying to stay with it.

March 9, 2013 - The People In My Stories

It's strange how when I'm writing my character's become so alive to me, as if they are actually real. They become living, breathing people with hopes, dreams and fears, and I root for some and some not so much. In my current WIP, there's a secondary character that I really like, and  I know what's going to happen  to her and I feel so bad. I've even thought about changing the storyline because I care for her so, but I can't, the storyline is how the characters  are telling it to me and to change it would change their story.

March 1, 2013 - I am 53 now and how Liberating it is. 

When I turned 50 it seemed a light bulb came on. And it gets brighter with every year that passes. 

Why care what others think? People will judge if they want no matter what you do. 

Live the life you want.

Treat others with respect and be nice, but allow no garbage dumping! People will try. Remember, it is their emotional garbage not yours. 

The more negative someone is the more you should pull away. Don't want it, don't have time for it. 

Pursue happiness and well-being always.

Also:

I find, I'm turning back to the  religion of my youth, yet I don't attend church. Never cared for it. I believe strongly in a Higher Power and have a deep belief in prayer and pray daily. (And God answers my prayers, not all, but when looking back, the ones I needed.) 

I don't believe that God mandates you have to attend church to: be religious, go to heaven or have your prayers answered. 

Sadly, some people who attend church every time the doors are open are some of the most unhappy, judgmental, tongue-wagging individuals I know. 

I've found the Law of Attraction is real - Talk/Think negative, you get negative. Talk/Think positive, you get positive. 

And stuff happens. Deal with it.


February 19, 2013 - I had the strangest dream-I was dusting my bookshelf when I heard a humming noise, looking up, the top shelf was filled with the most beautiful of butterflies-from the smallest kind to the largest of monarch and I was filled with awe. When others saw this sight most stood back in wonder as I did-yet others reached out and crushed the largest and shooed the smallest away and I cried out. 

January 4, 2013 - Christmas is over and now I'm ready for summer! Why does this happen every year? As soon as the holidays are over I want summer. It never fails. 

November 11, 2012 - It always amazes me when people look at me as if I'm going to get upset when they comment on some other writer. Duh. I am not in competition with other writer's.  I write what I want to write and my voice is my own. If anything, I am in competition with myself (I strive to improve with every book completed).

August 3, 2012 - What a busy summer. Did a lot of work on the house. I still have more to do but by September I should be back to writing full time.

June 6, 2012 - Got some writing done this week.  I believe this current book is my best work yet.  I love writing! What fun to make up my own stories.

May 22, 2012 - What a hectic past two months!

May 4 & 5, 2012 - Attended the 2012 OWFI conference. Great, great conference. As a writer, I believe you should constantly work to improve your craft. (If you are going to do anything and do it well you should strive for improvement, period)  Instructor Dennis Palumbo was excellent. He stated 3 cosmic rules for writers - 1) You are enough 2) Work with what you know 3) Writing begets writing

April 27, 2012 - I read all kinds of books and I've wondered if I shouldn't try my hand at writing a murder mystery or a horror - but would I really want to live with that type of character for a year or more?

April 12, 2012 - I've got to finish this current WIP.  The characters in my next book are starting to yell at me to be heard.

March 2, 2012 - I love storytelling.  It's an art and something you must continually work at to improve. When I've completed a book, I am always somewhat amazed that I wrote it.

February 13, 2012 - I have been editing as I write and I find this works best for me. A lot of writer's state don't worry about editing just write. It is too hard to correct everything later - I think. 

January 23, 2012 - As I did my daily walk today, I came to the realization that I am not at a place and time in my life where I can crank out more than one book a year.  And that is okay.  I write when and as often as I can but daily life takes precedence, and that is just the way it is.

November 30, 2011 -  My hero "Bran" is not acting in conjunction with how I hear or visualize him.  Why? 
I feel my stories are out in the vast yonder if I just listen. Maybe I'm not listening? I thought I was.  Hmm?

October 24, 2011 -If your characters curse or act bad then so be it. Write the story as you hear it. (I have to quit worrying what the neighbors will think or the family.  People are going to judge or not no matter what. Just write the damn story.)

October 14, 2011 - Have the title on my current WIP figured out. Finally. You know me - I have to have the title of my story. It seems to keep me focused on where I am going. 

August 25, 2011 -  Keep changing my title on my current WIP.  I just can't seem to get it right to fit the story.

August 16, 2011 -   Writing was hit and miss this summer with keeping grandkids, but school is back in session and now, I plan to get this current WIP completed by the end of November. No two full-length books per year yet.  However, I am still striving to fulfill that goal.

May 13, 2011 -    "What sound is to music, conflict is to story." --William Bernhardt   (OWFI Writers' Conference 2011)

April 19, 2011 -  If you are going to be a writer you better have a fierce love of storytelling because let me tell you-writing is damn hard work!  

March 31, 2011 - Seems no matter how hard you try you will always make mistakes.  I read and reread and still, I see what I want to see instead of what I've actually typed.  Blah.

January 20, 2011 -  Signed the contract for my latest book, An Unfair Division. Started my next WIP.  Boy, I really, really, hope that I get faster at writing.  I would love to be able to complete two, full-length books a year!

December 9, 2010 -  My manuscript is completed and submitted as of this morning.  Wish me luck!   The strangest thing happens to me after I have completed a story-I get depressed for about two weeks. I guess that I am saying farewell to old friends.  

November 26, 2010  -  I wanted to have all my edits done by the end of this month - doesn't look as if I am going to make it.  What I would give for just two weeks to myself.  That is all I need!  I said on March 1st how time flies, now eights months later here we are and the days and weeks in between are just a blur.

March 1, 2010 -  Well folks, I thought that I would give you an update on the manuscript that I've been working on for the past year.  I am glad to be able to say that I am almost done with it and just have a few more chapters to write.  And I have decided that my original title fits the story afterall.   

I don't know about any of you, but I can't believe that it is 2010 and the third month into the year at that.  Boy how time does fly!  Here is wishing that everyone has a great year. 

October 25, 2009 - Update on WIP:  Okay, I realize that it hasn't been that long since I last posted, however where else would I write my thoughts on my latest work in progress? LOL. So here goes. There's a second character in my current WIP that is...well, let's just say - this lady has a vulgar mouth.  
Now, myself, I don't make it a practice to curse in my daily comings and goings.  But, that is not to say that sometimes a well-placed curse word isn't needed, say after you stub your big toe in the middle of the night on your bedroom doorframe or you slam your finger in your car door.   Then by all means curse and curse loudly.  
Now herein lies my dilemma. This character of mine with the potty mouth is chattering away and when I start to put her words on paper--I censor.    "You can't say that. Let me tone this down,"  I mumble.  
Reading back through my WIP today, I realized that in the scenes where I had toned this character down-the scenes just didn't have the right feel.  After I sat, and reread, and thought about my writing, I recalled what a speaker had said at a writer's conference this past summer (Be true to yourself and your writing). A light bulb came on.  I suddenly realized that I wasn't being true to myself or my character.   
   Dear reader, I swear that I heard this fictitious character laughing the whole time I worked as I went back and rewrote several scenes, just as I hear her in my head. 
"Hell, Zequeatta," she said when I finished.   "It was about time you let me be me."

October 2nd - Update:  As my daily writing continues on my latest book,  (An Unfair Division) I am coming to the decision that I have chosen the wrong title for my Work in Progress. It just doesn't seem to fit.  I write romance afterall and with the title (An Unfair Division) it seems to me that it makes my story revolve around the twin sisters in my story and their conflict and not the romance between one of the sisters and her husband.   

Maybe this is why my muse is giving me so much trouble with this book.  I have this strange quirk that I must have a title before I even begin writing.  It seems to keep me focused for some reason.  Okay, with all that said--I am now leaning toward my title being (Let Me Be Your Hero).

We shall see.   








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