Friday, July 27, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things


It's time to celebrate the small things!!!

What exactly are we celebrating?

Anything. . .everything! Every week, things happen which put a smile on our faces. Although some are hard to forget, others are more passing moments. But it's these small things in life which can make all the difference.

Thanks to Lexa Cain and her co-host, L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge, we can sit back for a second and remember these happy moments.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .


1) Butterflies!  Mamosa trees are bountiful in our area. I know some consider them a weed (and they can be a pain), but the flowers are amazing. Especially since the smell so lovely and draw in the butterflies. We have a fairly large tree, and right now, it seems to move thanks to all of those beautiful winged creatures.

2) Cool weather in sight! We've suffered a drought in our area which was hitting the pastures and cattle hard. Most started feeding hay early July. I was in luck and had one pasture I hadn't used yet and could fall back on. But the rain finally pulled in last week (saving me just as I was running out of grass too). And this weekend, the prediction sits at 75 degrees and rain for three days! I might even have to put a light sweater on. YAY!

3) Running around! As summer break shadows with its end, the kids have been wanting to toss in last activities. We've gone to the water park, a State park, canoeing, lots of ice cream eating, movies, museums and all sorts of other places. My writing has suffered horribly because of it, but we are having fun.


And that's it for this week!

What about you? What put a smile on your face? Did you pet a cute dog? Get a special discount at the grocery store? Find just the right pair of shoes on sale? 

What are you celebrating?





Friday, July 6, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things


It's time to celebrate the small things!!!

What exactly are we celebrating?

Anything. . .everything! Every week, things happen which put a smile on our faces. Although some are hard to forget, others are more passing moments. But it's these small things in life which can make all the difference.

Thanks to Lexa Cain and her co-host, L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge, we can sit back for a second and remember these happy moments.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .


1) Fun on the 4th of July! Since the heat is getting ridiculous (we can't even use our pool, the water has gotten so warm!), we headed for the creek and the swimming hole. There's a rope tied very, very, very high in the tree to swing out into the water on. There's a slide tied to a rock and all sorts of fun little swimming spots. We brought our mini-grill and headed out to make sure we were there at 10am...because we are people shy and knew everyone else wouldn't appear until 1pm or so. And it was great! No one else there for a few hours and we had fun.

2) My husband was home on the 4th! As anyone knows who's been following me, hubs has turned into Mr. Trucker. The company he works for actually does all they can to bring their drivers home for certain holidays. So we could swim with him too.


Ugh! That's all I can think of for this week. Unfortunately, I caught the stomach flu which smashed several other celebrations I might have had. But oh well, that only gives more to do next week!


And what about you? What put a smile on your face this past week? Find a fluffy winter cap? See fireflies? Find some cool water somewhere?

What are you celebrating???









Tuesday, July 3, 2018

IWSG - And up the ladder we go!


It's IWSG time!

Every month on the first Wednesday.... okay, this month it's a Tuesday, but even us writers aren't about to give up our 4th of July... writers come together to offer support, advice, encouragement or simply to shed our frustrations and woes with each other. Writing is a tough journey, and we don't have to do it alone.

Thanks goes to the brain behind this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh! If you want to join in or find out more (because there is so much more to this group) then head on over here.

Special thanks goes to this month's helpers:  Nicki Elson, Juneta Key,Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

This month's question is. . .


What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

I simply want to become an author with several books out there and more to come. Making enough money along the way to do more than treat the kids to an ice cream wouldn't be bad either. (Big goal, huh?)

Has this changed over time? Nope. Not really.

For me, my writing journey feels like steps up a ladder.
Small articles published - 1st step.
Short stories published - 2nd step.
Novella thingy published - 3rd step.

And now, I'm carefully sliding onto step number 4 with my debut novel coming next year (February 5th from Dancing Lemur Press).


It's a fantasy / darker fairy tale for ages 9 to 12.

And I have a tagline now!!!


Ready???



"I only desire your talent..."








Each of these steps feels like another rung up to the main goal, and each one is just as hard if not harder than the last. Hmmm... I wonder if there ever will be a last rung or if it goes on and on and on and on.


What about you? What are your writing goals? Or do you even have any???