Wednesday, October 04, 2017

IWSG October and Freedom


Welcome to October and the winds of change...

First off, we have finally, after 16 months of it on the market, sold our house! And there was much rejoicing! We are now the proud owners of… no house! We are technically homeless, and if I must be homeless, I prefer to do it this way, since my parents are being so very generous in allowing us to stay with them until we get our feet back under us. I love my parents! It still hasn’t quite sunk in all the way that the house now belongs to someone else and we are free but I'm sure it will hit soon…
I must share, that though I must still work full time for now, and since our situation is so up in the air, I found it wonderfully comforting last night, that a day after the papers were signed, the first thing I thought of while readying for sleep was how I want to fit writing time into my overloaded schedule. Having the burden of an unsold house lifted from my/our shoulders, knowing that we are now free to move on, put writing right up to number one on my list of things I must have back. 

I don’t yet know how I will make this work, but now that I am released and ready to move in a new direction, I’m eager to see where writing will take me. I'm tired of that "block on my desk". I am ready to feel whole again…

The awesome co-hosts for the October 4 posting of the IWSG are
Please visit them and thank them for co-hosting this month!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

IWSG September Is Here, And So Am I!

So, late but still making it today and not days from now! Progress! And, good news, our house is under contract, hope to be closing on the 29th of this month. What a difference this has made in my attitude toward everything. I am happy. I am feeling positive, most of the time, instead of hindered and encumbered and carrying a great weight. So, here are some memes to show my frame of mind right now, and I hope one or all of them speak to you as well...

The awesome co-hosts today are Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure! Check out their sites and thank them for co-hosting today!

September’s optional question - Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing?

Yes, and I love it when I do. Especially when I read back over something I wrote awhile ago, and find that I actually like it!

Saturday, August 05, 2017


And here it is already past the due date for posting for the IWSG monthly blog post, again. "Life is what happens when you're busy planning something else" is a saying so true I wish I could forget it as it feels like it's taking over, making my life fit the saying.
I actually have done more writing or writing related work over the last month than I have since November 2016. I feel blessed in between my bouts of insecurity. I am so lucky to have the job I do (if I have to work a full time job, this is the one for me), and I am grateful that I'm starting to put all the pieces of it together in a working schedule that if the time ever comes, will be fairly easy to pass off to another.
So I have a goal for the next month: my editor gave me some feedback on my manuscript she is editing right now, and I will have the revisions done by the next IWSG post in September. Stay tuned...

August question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

Reading: when a book has TOO many typos or isn't edited well.
Writing: Editing at the end when I have to read my WIP so many times I get almost sick of it, and that covers Editing too!

The awesome co-hosts this month are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

Ha ha ha! A little humor to brighten your day!

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

IWSG - Reading Instead of Writing


I’ve made it back to the page, the blank one sitting in front of me, even if only for a moment. I won’t make this a long post. Suffice it to say that a full-time job really puts a dent in my writing time. I’m spoiled. I’ve had the chance to only write for so long that I’m really feeling the hit.
I won’t whine, but I will say that I miss my words. The way I’m making up for it is reading as much as I can. I just finished The Book Thief. For a book that I started a year + ago, I am floored. It might have taken me a long time to get into it, but when I did, wow, what a lesson in using words. What a strong and beautiful tale… (I have read other books in the meantime!)
Have you read anything interesting lately? 

 Please visit and thank...the awesome co-hosts for the July 5 posting of the IWSG,  Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key, and Doreen McGettigan!

July 5th question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing? 

Just because I like to write doesn't mean I don't like having a social life!  

"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away."


Saturday, July 01, 2017

The Book Thief - Book Review

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a post here. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that took me a year to get into, but then held me enthralled until the very last page. It ended far too quickly. Not because it’s a happy book to read, but because of the way it is written.
Because of the writing I couldn’t “get” into it until almost half way through, but once I got on board the author’s rhythm and allowed myself to just read, I “got” it. I felt so much a part of the story that I didn’t have to work at anything to believe, to feel, to follow, even though I thought I wasn’t going to like the ending much. The writer is thankfully kind, and not in the normal (Hollywood) way, but in the way of life, the reality of being human. I guess “gentle”, as in “letting down gently” is the way to describe how I felt the writer took me on this journey. No one was perfect. Everyone was human and yet in such a way as to show the real story of love with all its “human-ness”.
I won’t give any spoilers. I won’t tell you to read this or not, but “The Book Thief” pulled me in and held me like no other book that I’ve read recently, in years I would say. I’ve read very good books lately so it was a shock to feel this way.
If you choose to read The Book Thief, please take the time to find the author’s voice and let it speak to you. Life is relationships. Life is about having them and what you do if you do or don’t have them. This book to me is all about relationships.
In the movie trailer they say this story is about a girl and how she changes the lives of those around her. But I wouldn’t put it that way. I would more likely say she is changed, she grows because of her relationships, and the people in this tale are changing as she is because of what is happening to and around them, and because they all allow the relationships to happen. Not on purpose, but because in many ways there is no other choice.
Thank you, Markus Zusak, for sharing your vision. It was an eye opener and a beautifully told tale…