Friday, August 19, 2016

Go slow sometimes

I've been running around like a rat in a wheel lately.  I have not been enjoying it really.  I launched book one in the Cold Springs series.

Yeah, as if you guys aren't sick of seeing this cover enough!  By the way, thank you so so so! much to everyone who picked up a copy of Second Chance.  It means the world to me, and I love you guys!

Anyway, ask any writer and I'm sure they will tell you a book launch is exhausting.  Couple that with a day job, having back problems, and man...I'm tired.  Plus we went to Lake George, my favorite place in the entire world.  And yes, I did come back with a new book idea for a historical with a Native American hero.  Yay!  I need to sit down and start writing it but I'm currently working on edits for book II in the Cold Springs series and plotting out book III.  So I'm a little delayed.

But I want to talk about being busy and sometimes not being busy.  Our society preaches that it's good to be so busy, so busy we're frazzled.  So busy we can't take time out to sit and pet our animals or talk to our kids or spouses or parents.  Why?  What's the harm in taking life slow?  That's what I'm doing this weekend.  I'm taking life slow and reading, catching up on some new books I got and just relaxing. 

How about you?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Stress? What stress???

My laptop died.  I knew it was getting close. Thank God for backup save or I would have completely lost book two of the Cold Springs series which I hope to get to my editor this week.

Here's a meme that just about describes my week so far:

Saturday, August 6, 2016

LIfe? What's up?

Life...ah when life gets in the way of writing.  So far since August it has been:

  • Getting stung repeatedly with hornets
  • Going to Urgent Care from said hornet sting reaction
  • Having strep throat 
  • Going back to Urgent Care and getting on meds for strep throat.  Doctor asks me if I've been around anyone who's been sick.  I say, "I was just here two days ago from hornet reaction.  I probably caught something here."  He laughs in a strange, tense way....not sure what that means.
 But good news:  I got all these books at a town wide garage sale yesterday!  Yes, this is the trunk of my car brimming with books.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Writing fast

Guys,

I just finished the first draft of Book II for the Cold Springs series! Just making a final pass before I send it off to my editor.

If anyone had ever said I'd be writing this kind of hero, I would have told them they were crazy.  But here it is, and I can't tell you what I'm referring to...I ruin the surprise!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

This is my current favorite place to be



Our deck is my favorite place to go. 

This huge oak tree overlooks it and allows it to always be shaded.  We don’t need an awning or even an umbrella.  It’s always comfortable out here.

I’ve planted quite a few flowers here.  Most of the flower pots were given to me by various friends and family members. A few I’ve picked up at yard sales.  


This is Pan and Blaze in their “catio”.  

 Some nights we hear noises coming from the catio and a raccoon is walking along the top of the chicken wire.  The cats stay indoors at night, and there is no food out there, so I don’t know what their attraction to the catio seems to be. 

I might think it’s the birdseed we put outside on the deck to feed our chipmunk friends, but they usually clean it up spotless most nights.  Maybe they can still smell the seed.  Do sunflower seeds have a smell?  

Anyway, this is my most relaxing place. I go out here to read quite a bit.  Sometimes I end up falling asleep, but I'm old so I think it's okay. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

So I've taken a break from promotion for the next two days to catch my breath from the release of Second Chance:






I've started reading a lot.  I finished quite a few online articles that I hadn't gotten to, listened to an uncountable number of podcasts, all to do with writing and reading, and I'm also loving this book:




What are you all doing?  How are you spending your summer?  Got any good books to share???

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Parkinson's didn't stop a day with my dad



I grew up going to carnivals. Fairs, rides, games, fried food in every imaginable concoction were the backbone to outings with my dad. He loved the carnival experience, I think, even more than I did as a kid. In my twenties and thirties, I still made time to go to fairs with my dad. Fairs were bonding. They were a day outside, enjoying summer, taking in the sights and sounds, the people (Eavesdropping on conversations are very important to maintaining true character dialogue, and fairs always, always, always provided the “true” down home Americana dustbowl vibe to the human experience.)
Then in 2010 Parkinson’s disease came, and I lost my dad.  Dad disappeared quickly. Or maybe it was slow and just in my fast paced life I didn’t notice right away. Little pieces of his brain were stolen, and in my heart for each stolen piece of who my dad was, anger replaced that for me.  I hate Parkinson’s.  Parkinson’s doesn’t know me, doesn’t know my dad, and doesn’t know what we shared. How dare this disease, this entity, invade our lives, our relationship, and take everything away. 

But yesterday…
Yesterday was a gift.  We took Dad to the fair, and he was happy. It has been so long since I experienced life behind his eyes. Exhilaration watching the kids go on rides, seeing cows and various farm animals on display. Tractors coming in for the annual antique tractor pull. There was no negativity, no thoughts of fear on what was happening to him and why, no frustrations over his physical challenges now.  Dad was Dad.  Patient, laughing Dad who just wanted to spend the afternoon having fun.  Because life is about fun.  That’s what you “bust your ass all week for”, he always said.  “To have fun on the weekends.”  Dad was exhausted when he got home, but he had a good day.
He had a good day.  
So rare now and a blessing.  I will remember yesterday with fondness and grace.  I will remember it as a gift.