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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