Wednesday, December 7, 2016

So Close

I really am almost done with this book. The proof has been proofed, the edits edited, and the epilogue epilogued. Wait, is that a word?

I'll post as soon as it's available on amazon, which should be in a week or so.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Book Review-On the Corner of Heartbreak and Love by Lisa Swinton

The best thing about being a writer is having writer friends who let you read their books before they come out. I loved this sweet romance about a guy and girl who had both been jilted by love. It is a story of loss, frustration, misfortune, loyalty, heartache, letting go, and second chances. On the Corner of Heartache and Love was released a few months ago and would make a great holiday read. The kindle version is only $3.99! Check it out.

One of the main characters is a homeless person, (of sorts), which reminded me of Lewis from my book Blue Sky. That made me happy. I also loved Maren, Lisa's heroine who had a really interesting job as a writer for a newspaper covering funerals, and then weddings. The descriptions of the events were creative and a treat. Lisa's writing is crisp, clean, and this sweet romance is a satisfying and enjoyable read. Hope you give it a try.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ignoring God

Sometimes I ignore God. Mostly it happens when I'm second guessing whether I'm actually hearing Him or not. That still, small voice is . . . well, still and small, and that fact combined with my neuroticism can be a little tricky. Other times I'm afraid to do what He says. Sometimes I make excuses, and the lamest reason is laziness.

Because God knows us each individually and perfectly, He can speak to us in the ways that work best for our individual preferences, gifts, and learning styles. One thing that is unique to the way He speaks to me, is that after I've received the same prompting around three times, the Spirit will impress my mind with something like this: "This is the last time I'm going to tell you this." I guess I forgot to put procrastination on my list of reasons why I ignore God. I have learned through these experiences, that when I receive that message, I need to act or the opportunity will pass. Usually I listen in these moments. When I think back over these times, it seems that this mostly happens when the Spirit is reminding me of something. Which makes sense. He's not my day planner, after all.

Still, there are other times when the Spirit uses patience and gentle persuasion over an extended period of time in getting me to do something. For over a year now, I have received countless impressions to keep a record of my life. I've pretty much ignored this one. This time, there is no mistaking the clear impressions I've received. They just keep coming in miraculous and consistent ways. I suppose it's mostly a mixture of fear and making excuses this time. I write in a journal sometimes, but honestly the only people to see that will be my posterity. I feel as though God wants me to write to a broader audience, and I don't know why, but I'm ready to stop ignoring Him on this one.

What does that mean for my blog? It won't be mostly about reading and writing anymore. It will be eclectic because I'm a bit all over the place. I'll be blogging about my faith, my family, my educational pursuits, my leisure, my philosophical genius (indulge me on this one), my poetry, my books that I get to write in the wee small hours of whenever, homeschooling, my love of finding dead people, and just about anything I'm up to.

These are pictures of a book that is a compilation of the journal entries of one of my ancestors. He inspires me, and I hope to have written as much as he did when all is said and done. This life deserves to be remembered. Do you keep a journal?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Book Review--Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz

This book gives a new and interesting perspective about addiction. It really gave me a lot to think about. In some ways, it was hard to wrap my brain around. Ms. Szalavitz calls addiction a "learning disorder" rather than a brain disease, which it has been known as in recent years. I liked how she wove bits and pieces of her story and personal experiences into the mix. I probably would have had a hard time reading it otherwise because this lady is highly intelligent. No offense to highly intelligent people intended. :) I just need a little action, especially in sciency stuff.

Here are a couple of excerpts that I thought summed up the book well:

"Indeed, we get addicted only in certain contexts, which makes all the difference in terms of whether any given human will eat normal amounts of sugar, binge on it, take cocaine occasionally, or become a full-on crack addict. By itself, nothing is addictive; drugs can only be addictive in the context of set, setting, dose, dosing pattern, and numerous other personal, biological, and cultural variables. Addiction isn't just taking drugs. It is a pattern of learned behavior. It only develops when vulnerable people interact with potentially addictive experiences at the wrong time, in the wrong places, and in the wrong pattern for them. It is a learning disorder because this combination of factors intersects to produce harmful and destructive behavior that is difficult to stop."

"Addiction is an attempt to manage distress that becomes a learned and nearly automatic program."

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer Goals

With the end of the school year at the door, I am planning to sit down with my kids and have them set goals for the summer to keep them learning and growing. These will include fitness goals, music and art goals, math goals, and finally, WRITING and READING goals.

I've been thinking about what I want my own goals to be. I have to admit that I'm not really considering a math goal, unless I count staying in the budget, but summer really is a great time for those that are home to work on developing interests and talents.

My summer writing goal is to work at least two times a week on my current work in progress, and once a week on editing Escaping Neverland so it will be ready to publish by late August. (I'm so excited for this!)

As far as reading goes, I'm already working on a few things, including some mental health books to keep my mind sharp and learning about my field of study while I take a break from school, and a couple of books recommended before my husband and I go on a pioneer trek with the youth from our church. After those, I think I need some good fiction to wash it all down with. Any recommendations?

What are you doing this summer?

Friday, May 6, 2016

Book Review--Family Tree Series by Ann M. Martin

I love it when a book will capture the heart of not only myself, but my children. I read this series with my youngest daughter, but my eleven year old loved them as well. Such a tender story about five generations of women in a family that knew heartache intimately. These books can bring tears at times, but mostly it was like reviewing the journals of ancestors and connecting with family long lost. I've been working on some family history discoveries of my own and I would love to find what Georgia finds in the last book. I won't give it away, but what a treasure to know how valuable family is and to be connected to the most important people in our lives. I recommend this book for mothers and daughters and anyone who loves a great, heart-felt story. Because of some of the hard things that happen, I would recommend them for ages eight and up.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sneak Peek

Last week I spent some time on createspace playing around with cover options. I'm thinking the last one is the keeper.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My Kids and Their Forts

And somehow, after all these years, they still get pretty put-out when I ask them to clean it up. :)