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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Our Day Trip

The drive going up to Helen was beautiful. The news had been saying that the colors were at peak in the mountains and as I stated before we planned to go.

I was so glad I was feeling better, and off we went for a fun day in the North Georgia mountains. Yes, it was pretty chilly but with a couple of layers of clothing on we were fine. Well, make that 3 layers for me. Get above 70 and I’ll take a layer off.

The town of course is surrounded by trees and a major river (Chattahoochee) and we were able to enjoy all of it. Had the sun been shining brightly I think the colors would have stood out more but I’m sure not complaining.

Spending the day shopping and having real German food for lunch was a treat we both needed. Yes, its a tourist spot, but one I always enjoy whether I go alone and spend the night in the hotel on the river or with someone else for the day. Of course it is more fun if someone else is with me.

The whole town looks like this, even the McDonald’s. The small trees along the walkways are even brilliant which is a real treat.

So needless to say there was no trying to straighten out the partial chapter I messed up before and no writing. The day was spend admiring and thoroughly enjoying Gods beautiful creations.

How can anyone look at the beauty God has created and say, “There is no God!?” Something is definitely wrong in their head!

Enjoy the week-end. Stay warm and safe.

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Playing Tourist

This picture was taken a couple of years ago when I had a friend visiting from another state. There’s a small tourist town in the North Georgia mountains called Helen, Ga. I love going there regardless of visitors or not.

As you can see in the background the stores are all built in the German, Swiss, etc. style. Many of the shops have articles from those foreign countries. Its quite the quaint little town and with the Fall leaves in full color my roommate and I are headed up there today. Me, with camera ready.

We were going to go yesterday but I woke up with my head all stopped up and a sore throat and now I’m dealing with a sinus infection. I guess its that time of year. Yuck!

Needless to say, I haven’t written much the last few days. I started a new chapter in my new book but didn’t get far. I just couldn’t seem to get my head wrapped around what the Lord wanted written and kept messing it up. I finally just said, “I’m sorry Lord” and quit.

That’s something I have learned the hard way, we can’t force the words to come. If we do there will be some sad consequences, like a lousy story!

In trying to write this last chapter, even as little as I wrote, I went back to reread it and holy cow, what a mess! Nothing made sense, there was no flow, and the entire thing was just a mess.

No, I didn’t delete it even though I was tempted, but I’ll have to go back and do quite a bit of editing and hoping that my brain isn’t clogged and I can do a decent job of it.

In the meantime I’m going to go play tourist and take as many pictures of the trees radiating God’s beauty. I hope you all are enjoying the Fall colors also.

Go play tourist, too and I’ll see ya’ next time.

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Moving Forward Regardless

Wow, what a week-end! I hope you all had a great one. It’s been cold which means I hibernate and when I hibernate I need to be doing something besides hiding in my cave sleeping.

I have spent most of the week-end writing. Yaaay me, but I have also experienced a good bit of frustration in doing so. But frustration or not I must move forward regardless. We can’t just throw up our hands and yell, “I quit!”

One of my characters in my new novel is named Casey. She’s a nine year old girl and for some unknown reason I keep typing Corey.

I didn’t realize I was doing that and being quite pleased with myself after completing three more chapters it suddenly hits me like a bomb that I’ve been calling the girl Corey. Grrrrr

That means going back through the past three chapters to make all the corrections. Word for word I have to check and finally get the name typed correctly and move on to the last chapter I’ve typed to reread and make sure there is continuity, etc.

“Wait a minute! This is supposed to be — and —, not — and —.”

Another screw up! I put the wrong two people where the right two people are supposed to be. Okay, its late, I’m tired, and maybe I need to hang it up for the night, but first I have to correct this. I can’t stand leaving errors for the next day if I see them.

Needless to say, writing a novel with more than a few characters can get twisted around in our heads and we have to keep the people, the places, and the length of times straight.

I can’t have a kidnapping, for example, on Monday and she’s been gone for four days and suddenly having her discovered in three days after she disappeared kind of thing.

We have to keep these things straight or the readers will be so confused they just toss the book aside to gather dust.

I prefer my books to be read from cover to cover, not need dusting after reading twenty-five pages.

Thanks for stopping by – have a blessed week.

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