Wednesday, January 03, 2024

January & The Beginning Of A New Year IWSG


Happy New Year! I hope you all had wonderful beginnings. Mine have been calm, low key and full of time with family. Lovely. The rest of the year looks to have a lot of travel, and more time with friends and family. This is all good. I hope the world decides to calm down and carry on...

In honor of new beginnings I'm sharing a poet's words...

The Good Morrow 

And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear;
For love, all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone,
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown,
Let us possess one world, each hath one, and is one …. 

John Donne(1572-1631)

It is a wish for all of us on this planet, because like it or not, this planet right now, with all of us here, is what we have, what we share, where we are.

PLEASE go and visit our first amazing co-hosts of the year! 

Joylene Nowell Butler, Olga Godim, Diedre Knight, Natalie Aguirre!

Also, the optional question of the month is:

January 3 question: Do you follow back your readers on BookBub or do you only follow back other authors?

I will say only that I haven't been on BookBub that much and will check it out! So, I don't know the answer to this question! LOL

Also, sorry for the glitches on the post today. Don't know why I can't make the text do what I want! Great way to start the new year...again, lol...

Happiest of new years to you all...

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

December Floating In To Carry Us Out...IWSG


This month I'd like to share a movie preview with you. This film has touched my heart and makes me feel love for the best in humans. We are not a "black & white" race upon this earth. We are such a mix that I don't like to use "gray" to describe us; I prefer mixed. We are a mixed race. Full of wonder and impossible dreams, and, hate and intolerance. I like to think that over the last one hundred years we've made more gains than losses in the proverbial "two steps forward, one step back." So, I will share this clip and you can decide for yourself if you'd like to see the entire movie, which of course, I recommend. It's a super one to see during this season, whatever you practice. This story is from a book, "Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. Also, this was filmed in New Zealand and has beautiful photography. Neill is an actor that I tend to try and see anything he's in, particularly if I've never heard of it. Like this film. I'll share another "unknown" film of his in another post...

(For some reason I couldn't get the video to work on my post, so have to put the link instead. Sorry!) 

Please go and visit our super IWSG co-hosts this month!

The (optional) question for December is: 
Book reviews are for the readers. When you review a book, do you review for the reader or the author? Is it about what you liked and enjoyed about your reading experience, or do you critique the author?

For me, I leave a review about my reading experience. I try NOT to critique the author, no matter I like it or don't. There, to me, is no reason to "attack" someone who has put themselves out there to be read, to comment on someone who was brave enough to write a whole piece-start to finish. To comment on how I enjoyed or didn't, the read is all I need to put out there. I am not a Troll. I myself prefer to have someone's honest opinion on the read, not their opinion of me as a person.

I wish you all a wonderful December and beginning to the new year. I hope you all have wonderful days and evenings filled with love and being with the ones you hold dear. Blessings to us all...

Wednesday, November 01, 2023

November Thankfulness & IWSG



November is when we're supposed to stop and take a look at our lives and what we are thankful for in those lives. I've been reading my mother's writings lately. She's been keeping a journal since I was a teenager, and, writing anecdotes as the occasions arise. I found something she wrote about my "other" dad which I wanted to share with you. I will let her words speak now as I can't write how I feel better than she did.

Happy Father's Day
By Sue F. Miller

You became a grandfather never even having had children. You were with me.
You held out your hands for your daughter whom you had just met...She was in labor,
feeling most sick. There was no bowl, no container. You searched. There was nothing.
You cupped your hands for her to use...she did not need it but
you were there.
That's a dad.

We moved to our camp school. It was a mess. You went right to work. Suddenly, we had hot water and you  built a kitchen in our house, which was office and living space. When the roof leaked, when the refrigerator died, when the plumbing went on the blink, you fixed, repaired, and scrounged for parts.
You cupped your hands again and made things work.
That's a dad.

More grandkids came and you dived right in to be a part of the birthing teams. 
We drank champagne after the mighty efforts concluded. Wonderful babies. Proud grandparent.
That's a dad.

Now, most of the physical work is done; the kids are older, the grandchildren becoming adults...
You teach them how to deal with their cars. You teach them how to fix bikes, computers, golf, and gardening. You go to court with them for driving violations. You help them learn to pick themselves up when they fall down. You pass on your wisdoms.
That's a super dad.

Happy Father's Day, Dad. You have all our thanks and love.
And you did not know but,
That's a dad.

My mother wrote this in 2013 and I'd never read it before. Now, with that first grandson, my first son, I read it and cried, so incredibly grateful to have had a second dad who has touched my heart with his generosity, ferocity, love and gentleness. My father had Parkinson's while my children were growing up and they didn't get to know him as well as I would have liked, but Greg, my other dad (my sister calls him our "bonus" dad), has filled up the spaces that would have been empty had he not fallen in love with my mother, and us. My mother is right. That's a dad.

Sue and Greg Miller, my parents

The November question for us is: 
November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?

I have! I've done it at least three times. I didn't always finish my goals, but did at least twice, so I know it can be done. Anyone who hasn't tried it, you should give it a try. It's so helpful in setting goals and keeping them, and it's fun to do it with so many others.

Please visit our co-hosts this month and thank them for helping us all out!
and me of course!

Wednesday, October 04, 2023

Autumn in October Begins The Nestling In... IWSG


I started this post and never finished it, till today that is, so I'm technically not late! Yay me. I'm finally home for what looks to be many months in a row! So, what is my excuse for not writing? I don't have one, not even a little one. So, I'm thinking of taking on NaNo this year. I've done it before and done wonders with it so I think that is a challenge I will take on, which will, at the same time, take on the challenge of procrastination. I'm ready to take on both. Ready to get this WIP in line, finish it and congratulate myself. Okay, all big talk, but seriously, haven't you been here before? Knowing you can DO this and just...not?

I'm tired of not liking myself for not doing what I know I can do. I'm starting this month to get ready for next. Writing two things I've committed to; a story for a friend and a recounting of a trip to Maine I took this year with another dear friend. My schedule is full and now all I have to do is DO IT. Wish me luck?

Please go and visit our delicious IWSG co-hosts this month 
and thank them for all they do for us!

Taken while walking the hills of Western North Carolina

Wednesday, September 06, 2023

So...September Already? IWSG


How is it possible for time to flow so swiftly? I can't believe it's already September, though, I'm very happy with the weather we've had. Not like some areas of our world where the heat is so extreme and lives are threatened every day.

The question for this month I answered last month, so will say instead that I'm so very proud to be a part of this group. I really appreciate all of the writers/artists here on IWSG, and love how diverse we all are. 

I've started reading again. I don't know why, but during Covid, I couldn't read. I stopped reading and wondered if it was just part of growing older. But, I'm not THAT old, and I'm back reading again, so perhaps it was a coping mechanism? I did so many other things, including crocheting and learning to knit. I practically lived in my garden...

I know lately I'm not the best at visiting or answering, and I'm sorry. I am slowly getting my butt back on the ball (literally! On an exercise ball) to spend more time here. To spend more time developing the stories I have lined up, waiting impatiently to be put on "paper." Husband is going in for second knee surgery so will have much time staying at home this fall. 

Thank you all for being a part of this community, for your support over the years, and for being who you are, wherever you are.

Please visit our wonderful co-hosts this month:

Sonia Dogra, J Lenni Dorner, Pat Garcia, Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen, and  Meka James!

Ready to go see Barbie, pink as we can be! Saw Oppenheimer as well, both worth seeing IMO...