Saturday, June 09, 2018

Guest Blogpost from Chrys Fey: Her Newest Release!


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 Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.

Fey realized she wanted to write by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen. Fey lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

June IWSG and Leaving France


 June 6th question: What is harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

Titles for sure. Book titles, in my mind, need to speak about the subject of the book. To find one that does this and hooks the reader is very hard, almost as hard as the first sentence in the story!
As a reminder, because I need reminding every now and then...

 Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Please drop by their blogs and thank them for helping out!

 So June is here, come so quickly and bringing warmth and our leaving. We head home on the 21st of June, our daughter's birthday, and I am more than sad to go. I am also very, very grateful, happy, and honored to have had so much time in a country I dearly love. My french is possibly a bit better, and my joy in speaking it has blossomed even more.  I love the poetry of life in France, love learning its differences, nuances, and love that I definitely understand the language more, especially when watching TV, especially without subtitles. I won't even get started on the food.

So I leave with a bliss-filled heart, sad to leave, glad to have been here. I hope you enjoy these few images of France, I place I can't get enough of...
 Pyrenees near St Bertrand de Comminges

My mother in law's neighbor's front door

Monastere Ste Catherine de Sienne, Communaute des Beatitudes 
in Blagnac
Jean-Louis Toutain statue in Blagnac at Music and Art School

Neptune Fountain in Parc des Poetes in Bezier

A painted building in Bezier

Neuf Ecluses a Bezier (Nine Locks) Canal du Midi

Etang D'Enserune near roman ruins

Museum des Augustins in Toulouse

Bordeaux by night

Hubby and me in Bordeaux

Porte Cailhau in Bordeaux
Chateau Archambault in the Limousin from the air. My hubby got to fly in an Ultralight!

Isle Jourdain in the Limousin

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

May, IWSG, and Beginning our "Tour de France"


MY APOLOGIES ALL!!! For some reason my post didn't go up on the second when it was scheduled to, so, I'm making sure it's up now. So....

France is still a dream, though a more real one than before. I thought perhaps once I'd been here long enough, my lust for living here would abate somewhat, you know, living everyday life here instead of "being on holiday/vacation". But no. I am more in love than ever, want to live here more than ever. Uh oh.
So, I will enjoy the time I have left knowing it will end soon, but that I have been here longer than I'd ever thought I would be.
My mother in law is having hip replacement surgery in the beginning of June and thankfully we will be here to help out in the aftermath. She is a precious jewel to me and I am honored to help as best I can, mostly, I'm guessing, with my father in law, who will be a bit out of sorts with her in the hospital and in rehab. Not that he would admit to that! So, my husband, brother in law, sister in law and I will all step in to make sure our jewel will have little to no stress outside of her operation and the reeducation she must deal with herself. We will take care of the house, cooking, washing, her husband, etc. so she can concentrate on herself and getting back on her feet.
Before that, now that we know when the operation will be, my hubby and I will take off for a jaunt around the country to visit friends. Our "Tour de France" will take most of May, and involve heading east to the Mediterranian, then north to the Drome at the foot of the Alps, then perhaps farther north to Lyon, then south west to the Limosin, then to Bordeaux, then the Gers, then back to Toulouse! And that isn't even including going to the Pyrenees this weekend. Whew! We are SO blessed to have such wonderful friends and family here. We are looking forward to seeing as many along the way as possible, and hopefully have a break here and there for me to write, ha ha.
So, once again, I have nothing to complain about. I can find reasons to feel insecure, but I'm too busy right now being present, in the now, in the here of France and its lovely language. I'm still in wonder at how much I love both, sigh.
I wish you and yours a wonderful May, and, congratulations to all those who made it through the April AtoZ Blogging Challenge! Hopefully I'll do it in 2019!

Co-hosts in this lovely month of May for IWSG are: E.M.A. Timar, J. Q. Rose, C.Lee McKenzie, and Raimey Gallant
Please drop by and thank them for co-hosting this month! 

"Let your heart have the last word..."

St Bertrand de Comminges in the Pyrenees

A bee hive sculpture on a building wall in Toulouse

A Market in the Place Capitol Toulouse

Jacobins in Toulouse

The whole path is covered with paintings from local artists

All in Tile!

A field of "Colza" which is "Rapeseed" or "Canola" in the States

The biggest peonies I've ever seen! Blagnac, France!

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

April is here! IWSG and A to Z

April has arrived, and so have flowers, greenery and my husband. He got here mid March and we spent a week babysitting a friends house, alone, together, getting to know one another again after 2 months apart. Our little dog, Boney, made the trip across the big blue with no fuss, in spite of a flight attendant bent on not being nice about him being there. We were proud of his no-issue journey. Boy was he glad to be on solid ground!
I took a few weeks off, basically, from writing, to spend time with my loved ones, and am back on track. My goal is to finish this draft before I head back to the States in June. So far I'm on track. I hope those of you participating in the AtoZ Challenge this month are doing well and keeping up!!!

This post is also in honor of the French policeman, Col. Arnaud Beltrame, who gave his life in trying to save others during an attack in Trebes, France March 23, 2018.
We were in Carcassonne at the time of the attack there and in Trebes, locked down in a restaurant in the old city, but were released later, safe and very thoughtful, aware of our mortality. I am deeply saddened that it turned out the way that it did, and hope wherever he is, he knows he is honored and his sacrifice remembered...
Below are some photos we were able to take on our short jaunt into the old city before...

Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan are our co-hosts for April 4th! Please drop by their blogs and thank them for helping out...
Staircase up to the Old City, "La Cite".

My husband and Boney going up to the old city


Us in front of the "Chateau" in the Old City

In the restaurant where we were locked in. Great food!

The Old City from the New City

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

It's March!

IWSG Website

Bonjour et Bienvenu! Today I started my work day with this post. I am now in the foothills of the Pyrenees, with a lovely view and no noise! I’ve been in larger towns for the last three weeks or so, and appreciate the quietness of the countryside. Spring is coming. Birds are singing morning and evening, and there are plenty of places to walk or ride a bike here. Another form of paradise for me, because I am not a JK Rowlings. I have a hard time writing with lots of noise, music or interruptions.
Many things have transpired to create a non-writing place over the last two weeks, and this past weekend I felt almost at the end of my tether. In spite of that, I have managed to make progress, though not much. I’ve been in Mane (the name of the small town where I am right now) since Sunday night and Monday I wrote for six hours. I hope to do the same today. I’m inspired by my hosts to do my best. They work hard and make each day count. They “kidnapped” me on Sunday for a lovely lunch with a special friend, then drove me to the mountains, offering me a quiet place and the run of their home. When they come home in the evening I am happy to see them and to help out as much as I can. They have a lovely 4-soon-to-be-5-year-old, whom I have loved since she was born.
My husband comes to join me in 8 days! After two months apart, needless to say I’m looking forward to seeing him. No insecurities for the moment (fingers crossed). I’m too busy writing and “being” in the moment. I hope whatever you are doing, the same goes for you. Au revoir…
March 7th question: How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?
If I've finished a story, I take time off to let it all sink in before sending it to Beta readers.
If I've achieved a writing goal, I sit with it awhile, and then move on the next one... For either one, champagne is always in the picture!

Please visit and thank the awesome co-hosts for March:

Photos for your amusement... 

Playing Petanque in Cornebarrieu...


and after!

So many say "be careful of guard dog." This one says, "Attention! Nice dog!"

A donkey and his friend in a field...

Where I was in beginning of March. France!
Where my husband was in beginning of March, Mexico!