Wednesday, September 02, 2015

IWSG & Summer Stupor

Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Please go by, visit, and thank our brave co-hosts this September:
Heather M. Gardner   
Christine Rains
Dolorah at Book Lover 
Julie Flanders 
Murees DupĂ©   

September is here and we’ve actually had at least two fairly cool mornings (in 80’s instead of 90’s) and it is a joy to step outside (at least in the morning) again. I can’t wait for that blush of autumn to blow in and cool us down in a way that says summer is over.

Writing went to you-know-where in a hand basket this summer, and even though I have a good excuse (Both of my children got married (!) and other major events…) a part of me is aching because I’m not where I thought I would be with my WIP by now.  I know we all have times like this, but I think I am sad about it this time more than mad. I lost the threads of my book peoples’ stories. I have spent the last few weeks reacquainting myself with them. That is a good thing.

The sadness, I think, comes from my own expectations of myself, and my drive. I feel drained. I feel out of touch. Even though I’ve had some really good moments of re-acquaintance with my book people, it’s a struggle to “get back in their lives” with the vigor I had at the beginning of the summer.
Scully! My daughter's dog.

Summer Stupor. That’s what I’m calling it. 

Can’t wait for Autumn, how about you?
My husband and our aunt Nadine last November!
All photos Lisa Buie-Collard

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

August IWSG and NEWS!

It seems like FOREVER since last month’s IWSG post, not just a month. I have been “away” from the computer for almost that whole time because of my daughter’s wedding, amongst other things. So, I’m home now, catching up, if that is possible, and I found an email I missed while away. What an email to miss!
My novel “Evangeline’s Miracle” has made it to the finals in the Florida Writer’s Association (over 1300 members) annual conference Royal Palm Literary Award Competition! I will not know until the evening of the award ceremony on October 17, 2015, if EM has actually won or not. But for now, I am happy that it has made it this far.

I have been here before with EM. My novel has made it to the finals only to trip over that last step, so I am understandably hesitant to get really ginned up over this. I ask myself, should I publicize like crazy and let everyone know this? Or keep it low key until I know for sure?

Pahhh! Not publicize? I may be hesitant, but I’m not stupid! Please wish me luck, and if you ever find yourself where I am, don’t listen to your own doubts. Go for it! Unleash the “beast” and let all your friends, readers, family, followers know. Give them the chance to celebrate with you! Here is my badge of honor!

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Friday, July 03, 2015

IWSG Wednesday on Friday!

I'm SO sorry I didn't post on Wednesday, but I do have a good excuse. I also don't have much to feel insecure about because I'm in recovery mode... This last weekend our daughter married her beau! I of course have plenty to write about this event and the catastrophe that happened, almost ruining our grand affair, but that will have to wait for another posting... The awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the IWSG are Charity Bradford, S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda!
Please don't forget to thank them when you visit!
Anyway, this post will be short. I will share some photos with you and leave the actual writing for another day. Wishing you all a happy Fourth of July!!!
Getting ready during a calm in the storm...really

My beautiful "baby" girl...
The New Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Marjorie Fought!

Friday, June 05, 2015

A Story of Two Rings

Amber and Tristan Buie-Collard
Our son Tristan, married this past May—on Mother's Day no less—a lovely young woman named Amber. We had two week's notice of the event and were on fast forward from the moment they called us till the day of the wedding. Shortly after the announcement, Tristan called again worried that he couldn't afford an engagement ring for his intended before the ceremony. I said she knew that and would understand. I asked him about rings for the wedding and he said they didn't have those either. I volunteered to see what we might have they could borrow.
Amongst my jewelry I knew I had a lovely band my husband had given me for our 25th anniversary that I never wear because it is too big for me. It was an 18 carat gold ring with a band of platinum around the center cut to look like it has diamonds in it. We had nothing for Tristan. So, needing to see what size my ring was compared to Amber's ring size (6 1/2 I found out from her mom) I took it in to our jewelers and had it measured. It was a 6 1/2. Perfect! I also asked the jeweler about having the ring dipped so that it would be completely silver in color, since Amber only wears silver jewelry. No problem there and though it would start to wear off in about 6 months, it would work fine for the wedding. Then I asked if they had anything I could get inexpensively for our son. Yes, they had a stainless steel ring that looked very nice. Tristan had told me his ring size was 11. I double-checked with him because that seemed large. He assured me it was the correct size.
So, we get up to North Carolina from south GA and our son tries his ring on and of course it's too big. Tristan tried on his father's ring and it fit perfectly, so we thought he could borrow it for the wedding and we'd get the other in a different size once we got back home. Everything was settled, we thought.
But my mother was still bothered about the ring situation for Tristan. The morning of the wedding we are all at my mother's getting ready and my mother decides to have one more look in her and her husband's jewelry boxes. Low and behold, what does she find but a man's ring, sterling silver with a band of Amber around it. Yes, Amber. I know, right? I'm surprised she didn't scream. Instead she dashed over to our son, made him try it on, fit perfectly!
So the two were married with wonderful rings and we were all immensely happy. Later, after the ceremony, we told Amber the story of her ring. We offered that if she wanted to keep it she could, or give it back if and when she found something else she liked better. And then, after she'd heard the story of Tristan's ring, she said that she wanted to let the silver dipping wear off. I asked why and she said, "Because Tristan's ring is silver with a band of gold in the middle, and mine will be gold with a band of silver in the middle. Our rings will match in reverse." It was an "awwww" moment for sure!
The Two Rings
The next morning when she came into the kitchen at my mother's house where we were all staying (their honeymoon will come later), I greeted her with a "Good morning Mrs. Buie-Collard!" We all laughed and she hugged me hard. She is the only other Mrs. Buie-Collard in the world besides me!

Some things are meant to be. I think my husband bought the ring for me 6 years ago because somehow it was meant for Amber. I think my mother wouldn't give up her search for a ring for Tristan because she knew/remembered somewhere deep inside, that there existed a ring, THE ring, encircled by amber, waiting for Tristan who had chosen a bride named Amber to encircle him.
Yep, they have fun together!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Weddings and IWSG Wednesday


The amazing co-hosts for the June 3 posting of the IWSG will be M. Pax, Tracy Jo, Patricia Lynne, Rachna Chhabria, Feather Stone, and Randi Lee! I know they'd love a visit or two....and don't forget to thank them!

This will be short, but sweet and you’ll see why in a moment. June is here! Where has the year gone? I thought it just turned 2015 and now we’re half way through. This is what always happens to me now that I’m “older.” Time runs away and I can’t keep a hold of it no matter how I try. I think sometimes if I could just slow down in my head a bit that might change, but then life throws something else my way and off I go again. Take these two months, May and June. I anticipated getting a lot of writing done. Then found out, with two week’s notice, that our son was getting married, on Mother’s Day! Two week’s notice. Gives the three words a new meaning, and one I prefer.
The "second" wedding we’ve known about for a year; our daughter is marrying at the end of the month, on the 27th of June. She is so excited, and ready for it to be here. So, one down, one to go! And, that means I’m still not done with wedding plans!
I’m not complaining, how can I? I'm only standing here noticing time slip away again, and though I’m not getting much writing done, how can I say I regret the reasons why? I can’t. I love my kids. Sometimes my favorite saying is so true I laugh till it hurts, “Life is what happens when you’re busy planning something else.” 
Do you ever feel that way? Hope you enjoy the photos! It was a WONDERFUL wedding!
Amber and Tristan Buie-Collard
Our Mother's Day Present
May 10, 2015