Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Back to Life

Back to Life, Back to Reality - anyone remember that chorus . . . ?

My life is back to "normal" rhythms as my husband's heart is back to normal rhythms.

After getting out of the hospital, my husband and I celebrated with a leisurely, doctor-approved bike ride for three miles. That's like a super leisurely stroll down the block for my husband who normally rides 12-30 miles a day at high speeds.

After that in the later afternoon, I was a "dock mom" for my daughter and another new canoeist as they struggled to balance in racing canoes, learn j-strokes and c-strokes, and just get around the dock while the racing team (with my kayaking daughter) were out in the harbor doing a workout that focused on technique at partial speed.

After 48 hours of stress and concern, everything just slipped back into regular life and reality, and I feel so thankful for "regular" and "normal."

I just wanted to stop here and say . . .

THANKS! Thank you for all your encouragement in writing and life!

And here's a view from a sun-break on the dock yesterday:

My daughter canoeing with two kayakers coming in behind her at the end of practice.
 
 
Hope that "normal" life is treating you with sun breaks and moments of fresh air!
 
Praise God for Life!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Awesome News and Answered Prayers!

My husband gets to go home from the hospital in a few minutes!!! Woohoo! Praise Jesus for health, answered prayers, thoughts, and hugs!!!

Interruptions

Today's post that was meant to be: Meet the Character

But . . . life is full of unexpected interruptions.

My husband has been in the hospital since yesterday morning.

I won't be able to blog comment, because my mind is scattered like a million leaves.

Speaking of which, I saw this little bit of beauty outside the hospital yesterday:

 
It felt like the words I couldn't seem to say, an answer to prayer, and a small reminder of how precious each moment is all at once . . . and that still isn't capturing the moment right.
 
And, when I got an e-mail that said one of my stories has been published at a non-paying site this morning, I didn't even want to post a link. I still don't. I love to write, but there are moments when whether or not I'm published . . . that part doesn't matter.
 
What matters is taking a moment to love those we love best, to drink in the beauty around us, to praise God for each breath.
 
 


Friday, October 17, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things, and Prep for NaNo, part 2

 
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Celebrate the Small Things

1. I came down with my personal "ick" again (just after I posted that it was over - ugh), but friends and family rescued me with lots of help for all the daily life happenings in our household.

2. Feverish (literally), I wrote crazy bits of writing (still moving forward) and decided to do a few re-publish, pre-sale experiments with my flash story, "The Bridge Snap" and the beginning of a new series of stories and memoirs, "The Horse in the Well."

3. I made progress on Champion's Destiny.

4. I spent some quality time with Captain Wrath this week. I delved into some of his earlier life as plain old Ben Cranston before his life starts to spin out of control.

5. Decided to have a super sale on all my books in e-book. Everything is 99 cents: short stories, novels, etc. from now until November 1st. See my Amazon Author Page for the list.


Friday Freebie: "Seedling" is up for free grabs for kindle readers and kindle apps again this week. Click on the title to follow the link.


Prep for NaNoWriMo, part 2: Theme

Theme is the basic big idea that drives a story forward. It's usually simple and can be summed up in one to three words:

Freedom

Faith

Love conquers All

Those are just some theme examples.

I didn't realize how much theme mattered until I was hopelessly lost in a convoluted plot with a dozen rabbit trails. Theme can help a writer stay focused.


What's your theme for NaNoWriMo this year? And, what are you celebrating this week?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

More Tiny Reviews and News

I recently finished Shadow Warrior by Jay Noel - and wow! Beautiful writing, excellent character development, great action scenes, and gritty steampunk. Highly recommend!

I also recently finished Dahlia's Feast - three short stories by Milo James Fowler that have been on my kindle for a few months. Again, wow! Gritty but with huge character depth and world building in just a few short pages each - my kind of read.

I decided to be brave and turn on the comments for Ashes Burn. To read, go HERE!!! The fourth teeny tiny episode goes live Monday around 7a.m. Pacific Coast time.

I also decided to offer Champion in Flight for 99 cents on kindle for the rest of October. Why? I need reviews. I really need reviews. Please read and review.

My lame lack-of-reviews excuse: I wasn't feeling 100% at book release time and then had some health issues for about three months afterwards so my release process wasn't the finest . . . and I'm starting to stalk friends and relatives for reviews. Next time . . . I promise I'll just have a really slow release date so I can be completely 100% ready for everything . . . well, everything that I know about. .

Champion in Flight - 99 cents - October only.