Check Your Cookies

Wow, what a day, but before I get into that, I was up very late again last night doing the research I need to do for my new book, “Amy’s Quest.” I sort of hated having to dive into it but as usual I take the bull by the horns and get at it.

I think I finally went to bed at 2:30 and I still have more research to do before going forward with the next chapters. That was after I made a huge pot of my “Blue Ribbon” chili. I call it that because I won a blue ribbon, 1st place, in a chili contest several years ago with this recipe. And it is a secret recipe. I do not give it out!

We have a fire station just five miles down the road from me and they have helped me several times and really nice guys. So last year I made a 16 gallon pot full of my chili and gave it to two fire stations full of firemen and women. They loved it!

I decided to do that for just the station close to me and today I delivered it with a Christmas card thanking them for their service to our community and especially for their help to me. I hope they like it. There are some new faces in this station.

Then I drug out the manuscript I have printed up so far and began rereading it from the start. I’m not just checking for misspelled words or incorrect punctuation but I’m looking particularly for how the story flows. Are there “holes” that need to be filled? Does the story transition from one scene or event to another smoothly? What about the transition from one chapter to the next? These are important in writing, particularly a book.

While I’ve been reading and correcting a few areas I’m engulfed in the aroma of cookies being baked. My roommate has been baking various cookies all day. Try focusing in on a manuscript with cookie aromas floating through the air making the brain redirect and the mouth water. Can’t have slobber on the manuscript, that makes a mess to try to read.

Of course I’d have to stop and go downstairs to check on the progress of the cookie making and if there was a cookie sheet sitting on the counter with hot cookies I had to check them out. We can’t give tins of cookies that may not be just right ya’ know.

I’m also going to have to check out my bathroom scales because I think I gained ten pounds just smelling them and another five pounds tasting them. Oh Happy Christmas time is here and a roommate that loves to cook and bake. Toss the bathroom scale out!

Only 12 more days til Christmas… Then all those New Years resolutions.

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Night – Ugh/Day – Yay

Having finished a chapter and then writing for this site I finally got into bed at 2:00 this morning only to find I could not turn the brain off, so needless to say after finally falling asleep at 4:00 I awoke and dragged myself out of the bed at 10:00.

Peeking out the window I see a cold rainy day and decide it’s a good day for writing. The laundry is done, the roommate is doing great crocheting her hat without my help, the bills are paid and with a quick run down the driveway, they’re in the mailbox and only 2 telemarketing calls.

Yep, a good day to write and the words begin to flow. The Lord is giving me little clues as to what is to come in the next chapter and that really pleases me but through prayer I want to make sure it is what He’s putting in my ear and not something I just want, or think, should be the next chapter.

The words are flowing through my fingers and out through these keys and the day has been spent at this keyboard. I’ve managed two chapters before leaving the chair and stretching. Rereading the last chapter written I smile as I walk toward the kitchen and suddenly stop. “Oh No! Lord? I left out the main villain! I need to rewrite that chapter.”

Turning and heading back to the computer I pull up the last chapter and begin editing it and adding in the main villain plus one other important character. That takes a while because I’m having to revamp almost the whole chapter. Thank God I don’t write really long chapters and that’s something we need to take into consideration when we write novels.

Do we have chapters? Or is it one long on-going story? Are those chapters going to have titles or just a number? How long do we make a chapter? That one is determined where there needs to be a break in the story but leads to the next events or a change in scenery. With no chapters we’ll have an on-going story that continues continuously right up to the end. No breaks, no change of scenery’s, no past events, etc.

Anyway, it’s been a busy and successful day of writing and as I bask in the thoughts that I’ve almost finished the book the Lord drops a bomb on me. I still have a ways to go and it’s going to involve a lot of research! Ugh!

Stay warm and have a good week.

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Multi-Tasking Ain't for me.

Wow, what an exciting week it was last week. This week is getting off to a good start even though I was a bit under the weather Saturday and Sunday, but prayer works and I’m feeling much better. Some rest definitely helped along with the Lord’s healing.

I’m going to say today, (Monday) but it’s actually Tuesday morning at 1:00 A.M. I just finished typing another chapter for “Amy’s Quest” and I feel good about it. I was able to get another chapter written Saturday before the crud hit me so I have been able to accomplish some things over the weekend.

Today was busy with catching up on the laundry, teaching my roommate how to crochet a hat, write, and take care of bills for tomorrow’s mail. I don’t usually multi-task but it seemed to be my lot in life for today.

I learned something today though. I don’t know how many of you multi-task but I learned today that I really don’t care for it. I like to put my full focus on whatever project I’m doing and stick with it as best I can.

Writing while the washing machine and dryer is doing its job, (too bad it doesn’t fold the clothes, too) is one thing but having several different things going all at once is distracting and I don’t feel like I’m accomplishing anything. Aren’t women supposed to be proficient at multi-tasking?

Maybe its my age and its caught up with me and the old brain can’t take too many commands at one time anymore. As I’ve stated before, I eat, sleep, and breathe whatever book I’m writing and today taught me that if I’m going to write I need to set the other tasks aside.

It’s too cold to go down to the lake and sit on a blanket and write like I used to so I think I may have come up with the solution.

Finish this book and get it out of the way so I can do the other things I need to do!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

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Happy Faces Continued

I just can’t resist! I have to share our happy faces today with the distribution of the crocheted Christmas trees at the Senior Living Assisted living near me. The love, hugs, kisses, and gratitude is almost overwhelming. My heart smiles just seeing the pictures again.

Thank you so much Director Sandy at The Oaks at Hampton for giving Gerri and I this opportunity to bless others and in turn we are blessed.

He is a retired postman, and I got a hug.
The ladies are picking out which tree they want. They were so excited!
They each received a Christmas card, too.
“Oh my, they’re all so beautiful.”
She had a difficult time decided which one she wanted. ๐Ÿ™‚ We had different colors.
My favorite lady, Nell. She’s 91 yrs old and the sweetest. I taught her to crochet. Yes, at 90 she learned and has loved it! That’s my roommate, Gerri with her.
“The perfect place for my tree.” The lady couldn’t thank us enough.
“Oh I want the green one!”
“I can’t believe you crocheted 46 of those!” My sweet friend, Nell.
‘You are so very welcome,” Gerri tells this sweet lady.
And my favorite of all – Nell giving me a big ole kiss.

Do you feel the love?

See ya’ next time.

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Happy Faces

After spending several nights up late writing, Friday has finally come. No, it isn’t one of those TGIF, “thank God its Friday,” days but a really blessed one. But I’ll get to that in a moment.

If any of you have ever written a book then you must know how it can be frustrating to sit down with pen and paper or in front of a computer screen and have not one single thought about just what to write enter your head.

Some call it a “block,” “brain freeze,” or whatever else you want to call it. I call it, “HELP LORD!” I’ve stated many times that He writes my books and I just type them. I really don’t care if people believe that or not because I know what happens when I take my seat in front of this computer and pray asking the Lord to set my thoughts/soul aside and take control of what is written. It’s His story, His book, for His glory and there’s no way I can do it without Him!

Once I pray the words start flowing and as has happened with the last 4-5 chapters in my new book, Amy’s Quest, I’m wondering what in the world is He doing! “There’s another twist,” “How’s that fit in with anything?” and I’ll hear His reply, “You’ll see.”

I was getting pretty frustrated because I have no idea how what He’s leading me to type is tying in with the rest of the story, and where its going, or how its going to end. It will be a suspense and mystery novel to the readers but it is definitely a mystery to me right now.

So how has all this led to happy faces? Over the last several months I crocheted 46 Christmas trees and decorated them to deliver to each room at an assisted living facility near me. I think I posted some pictures of them a while back. But here it is again, just in case.

Waking up at 5:45 this morning I couldn’t go back to sleep. I got up, did some research for “Amy’s Quest” and then started writing. Time flew and with the crocheted Christmas trees loaded in my car my roommate and I went to the assisted living facility and went room to room to room.

Each resident was given a Christmas tree of their choice and a Christmas card or Happy Hanukah card. We saw great big smiles, we got hugs, “God bless you”, and even the “grouchy” people we were warned about before knocking on their door was very pleasant and filled with joy at having a stranger thinking about them with a gift. They even smiled.

What a blessing it is to be able to bring some joy to others that often feel alone and forgotten. It brings smiles to their faces and I have a smile on mine just writing about it.

What a blessed day we have had!

How about making someone smile this weekend.

Have a blessed weekend everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Said I Wouldn't but…

I did it. I said I would not go near a shopping center for Good Friday sales but I did. Only one store though.

Thanksgiving Day we had our feast early and hit Penny’s ten minutes before the store opened. This was a sale I could not pass up no matter how long the lines were and a needed item not just a frivolous want.

We arrived to find the line waiting for the store to open about a quarter of a mile long and soon became even longer behind us. Amazingly they moved us in quickly without fights, cutting in line and no crashing the doors or stampedes which was a relief.

We had one item to buy, a coat. A regularly priced $200.00 coat and I am so proud of myself that we walked out in exactly one hour with the really nice coat and a $53.00 receipt.

Now you tell me that wasn’t worth it!

What’s even more amazing is that with all the hoop-la of Thanksgiving cooking, eating, guests, etc. I have been able to write three more chapters and have started another one.

I think that’s called perseverance or really wanting to find out how this book is going to end. I think the latter is the case.

The Lord threw in another unexpected little surprise last night to the story and I’m yelling, “Where did that come from?” Yeah, maybe you don’t hear Him but I do, and it was His chuckle.

I’m ready to get this book finished but it is His book, His story, for His glory, so I continue to type the words He gives me and hopefully be searching for a publisher soon.

Oh yes, He has said I will be using a different publisher this time. Oh great, here we go again.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember….

Jesus is the reason for this season.

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Stuffing our Face

I think Thanksgiving should be everyday. Oh, not the turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce but having a thankful heart. Each night before bed I thank the Lord for all He is, all He does, and who He is, and the one thing I don’t ever want to forget is to thank Him for loving me in spite of all my flaws.

With the holidays, (I hate Christmas being referred to as a “holiday,”) but with what we refer to as the holidays; Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, so many of us are caught up in the traditional baking, gift shopping, and party’s that it may be difficult to focus on writing.

I have found this to be true the last few days. There’s just too many distractions, places to go, things to be done before the mad crowds hit the Malls and stores. I refuse to shop after Thanksgiving!

It is also a time of year that can be very difficult, so for those of us that are reminded of childhood pain and suffering or are grieving losses of loved ones, there is hope and we can be thankful for our Lord and Savior that understands our pain and is faithful to bring us through.

Maybe writing in our journals will help if we list those wonderful things that the Lord has done and be thankful we have Him as our Healer and the One who will dry our tears and get us through.

My suggestion is to do what makes you happy, be it serving others in a soup line, eating a Hungry Man turkey dinner while watching cartoons, or cooking a huge Thanksgiving dinner. Be thankful for all the mercy and blessings the Lord has showered us with.

Me? I am thankful that my roommate loves to cook. She’s cooking a big dinner and I’m eating it.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We’ll get back to writing after our tummies are full.

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Where two or more…

What a week-end! Between staying up late writing, oh yes, I have been able to add three more chapters to “Amy’s Quest.” I also spent the other part of the week-end having a whole lot of fun putting the creative juices to work in a different way.

Gerri and I, she’s my roommate I’ve spoken of previously, was asked to help a friend in need. My friend is having her Sunday school class Christmas party at her house and of course she wants her home decorated.

Due to upcoming surgery she needed help in decorating and creating a beautiful Christmas atmosphere for her thirty plus guests when they arrive, so Gerri and I volunteered.

Isn’t it interesting that when two or more are gathered great things can be accomplished, and that doesn’t just apply to prayer.

Gerri and I put our creative talents together and the wreath in the picture is the result along with an eight foot, now decorated, Christmas tree.

There are times when we can reach out to others, even though we may have a busy schedule, and help them to accomplish something they are unable to do.

So whether it is helping someone with editing, adding chapters to your book, or keeping up with your blog, set some time aside to help others. Those creative juices can flow in many different areas.

Have a great week and thanks for coming by.

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Been There-Done That

It’s fun to be able to incorporate a location that we’ve been to in person when writing a novel. I’ve done that in other books I have published. It brings back fun, and maybe not so fun, memories and there isn’t as much research that needs to be done.

But since it’s been quite a few years since I’ve been here I did have to do some research and the memories began flowing.

When I was in Paris I didn’t climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower but stood gazing at it in awe. Playing the tourist I did get to the Notre-Dame and the usual tourist spots.

The chapter I am about to write two of my characters are headed to Paris after harrowing months of being shot at, threatened, and living in terror for months.

It will be fun to see how the Lord pulls all this together with hopefully a happy ending. I don’t like books that are referred to as “cliff hangers.”

I read one of those one time and ended up writing a note to the author begging for him/her to write a sequel so I would know what happened. I never got a reply sadly.

So far things are moving along smoothly and that’s important. So when you’re writing if you can incorporate some places you have been, do. It’s fun to remember those good times and be able to share them with others.

Enjoy the remainder of your week and I’ll see you next time.

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God Bless Our Veterans

The day is sunny but on the chilly side. Driving home from the doctor’s office to try to get this sinus infection that has now turned into wanting to be bronchitis I see our beautiful flags waving in the breeze and think of the many who are serving to protect our country from all sorts of enemies, and those who sacrificed their lives for us. A mere thank you doesn’t seem enough, but thank you to our military and their families for all they have done and all that they still do. God bless and keep each and every one of you.

The last couple of days have been busy with one thing after another but thankfully I have been able to add another three or four chapters to my new book. Cold days are the best because I hibernate like an old grizzly bear and that’s conducive for writing, at least for me.

I started out with one title and figured it would eventually be changed as the story began to take form. I was right. It has changed and I think “Amy’s Quest” is going to be perfect for it but we’ll see if the Lord changes it again. For now that’s my title and like I said, I think it fits the story perfectly, plus I really like it and that does make a difference.

If we come up with a title and it just doesn’t resonate with out spirit then we need to wait, pray, and wait for the Lord to drop that perfect title like a bomb. He’ll do it you know, if you’ll just allow Him to.

“Amy’s Quest” is really turning into a real suspense novel. I love it! I still have no idea where the Lord is taking this story but He’s being faithful every time I sit down to start typing.

I got tickled at my doctor this morning. He absolutely loves my books and grabs it out of my hand as soon as a new one is released and buys it. Of course I always take one for him knowing he’ll buy it.

I told him this morning I was writing a new one but he might not want to read it. Of course that really puzzled him and I said, “because I have some medical stuff in it and you might see too many mistakes and throw it away.” He burst out laughing. He asked what its about and I said “a real suspense one.” His eyes got big and he said, “Ohhh, keep writing!”

So I’m keeping on writing in between blowing my nose, coughing, and and trying to keep up with medication schedule.

Pray for our vets and I’ll see you next time.

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