Wednesday, December 06, 2017

December is for Family, IWSG, and Change

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Happy holidays everyone! I wish you all the best in this month so full of contradictions. For me Christmas has always been a time of happiness and family and friends, far and near, whether I’m with them or not. It is a time when yes, I like to give gifts, but starting with Thanksgiving, it makes me think about folks I might not have seen for a while and family I miss. I try to think of all my blessings and enjoy the newness of the season. In the North Carolina mountains I have found this to be even more true. I have found a deep love of how the landscape changes with the seasons; looking through the trees and seeing beyond them feels like I’ve been let in on an ancient secret.
Life has decided that once again, I am not ready to “settle” down. At the beginning of this year, my husband and I had planned on going to France to spend time with his parents, be with them before age makes doing things together more difficult for them. That didn’t happen as we ended up working full time jobs here in NC. I guess we were a little ahead of ourselves.
Today I bought my ticket to France, leaving in January 2018. Wow. I can’t believe it. I’ve always wanted to do a “writer’s retreat” and never had the time or money. Now I have both, and so will go to France and have my own “writer’s retreat.” I have friends and family who have welcomed me in and I will have a chance to really write full time again. I don’t feel “joyous” and happy in the “normal” way. What is happening instead is that my characters, my stories are creeping in again, letting me know, after a year away from them, that they are still here and ready to dance with me again. I am so profoundly thankful, happy, and grateful for this chance to write, to be alone, and to finish what I have started, four novels, all “finished” yet in various stages of revision.
When I look through the now bare trees up here in the mountains and I see those secret vistas that can only be seen at certain times of the year, I look at my coming change of life/place in the same way. What secrets will I be allowed to unveil in these coming months and how will they change me? Where will my stories and I be by the time I’m ready to come home? I will post again and let you know…
The question for today is: As you look back on 2017, with all it's successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently? 

And my answer is: I wouldn't change a thing, especially now! I have learned so very much this year  and though I've yet to process all of these new experiences, I feel blessed to have had the chance to do what I've done. And now it feels as though, because I did the right thing, I am now being gifted with a dream coming true. How can I regret anything?

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

November IWSG and Of Course Being Thankful


Since it is now November, I want to write about being thankful. I don’t want to wallow in what is not right in my writing life, instead I want to think of all I have in my whole life to be thankful for.

Health, Family, helping others, ability, the man who shares my life with me. Being in North Carolina in the fall. Rain. Sun. Cooler weather. Smiles on student faces who have yet to know what life might give them. Kiwis, food period! Wonderful friends. And then writing. Stories that speak to me of life and what it can and cannot give.

I just saw a Norwegian film called “The Lion Woman”, made from a book by author Erik Fosnes Hansen, that I now want to read (if it ever comes out in English!). The girl is born with hair covering her body and face. I won’t do a review here, but when I woke up the morning  after seeing the movie (way before the alarm was set to go off) and my head started to fixate, once again, on the “issues” I am dealing with in my work, I started to think of Eva, the girl/woman in the movie and what her life was like. Believe me, I have nothing to complain about when I put my life in the light of hers. And that led me to thinking of what I have in my life to be thankful for. If you get a chance to see this movie (with subtitles) on Netflix, it is well worth a viewing. I don’t know if it will have the same effect on you as it did on me, but I hope it does. That is what I love about stories...Life experiences can drag you down, but they don’t have to. They can also make you appreciate what your life is, and that you even have it in the first place.

 November 1st question: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

I have done NaNo four times. Once I didn't finish. Three times I did. One of them is in revisons and will one day see the light...


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Monday, October 30, 2017

FULL DARK: An Anthology Releasing Today!

 Just in time for Halloween...
Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you; mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guides. Venture into the dark, if you dare...

 Just A Matter Of Time by Loni Townsend
Forerunner by David Powers King
Taking Care Of You by Carrie Butler
The Apartment by Lisa Buie-Collard
The Caricature by Nick Wilford
Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Seckman
Shadows Falling On Rainbows by Celeste Holloway
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan by Tonja Drecker  
Haunted Lake by Michelle Athy
Soul Coin by Laura Rich
Retribution by Melissa Maygrove

FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that wonderful things for our country's active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9960397-4-1 (198 pages)  
Kindle ASIN: B076P2BFGF

Cover designed & donated by Dark City Designs.

Publisher: Obsidian Books