Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Review Time

Dawn of Wonder (The Wakening, #1)
Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I seriously could not book this book down (712 pages). I borrowed it from the lending library & after I finished reading it I ended up buying it because I would read again. This is exactly my style of writing & how my brain thinks as a fellow author. And it is true what he says at the end up having to quite his job to write this book, my first two books were only finished because I was out of work for six months. Now I have been working regularly for four years & my 3rd book is coming along slowly. If you love fantasy & endearing characters than this book is for you. It was on sale last time I checked on Kindle. I can not wait for the sequeal!!!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

A Dog Called Pup

It all began about 1:00 am. I can tell time, I know amazing, right? I wanted to wake my female owner up.  I went over to her side of the bed and stared at her until she opened her eyes. Then as per usual she pushed me away and rolled over, soooo annoying. My second attempt I took the flap of extra blanket hanging over the side and  pushed my head underneath.   Then I sort of snorted breathed on her back while flipping the cover. I think it is my best trick yet, works almost every time to get her out of bed. By now my belly felt so strange and there was this urgency to go potty that needed dealt with soon.  She did move kind of slow on the way to the door maybe it was my toy that she stepped on that slowed her down. Not sure why she didn't like that, I thought it was thoughtful gesture for the early morning hours.
Finally, she opened the door and I was free to do my business. I took my time in the wee early morning hours to inspect the yard. Then I contemplated my day to see if I could reveal why I needed to go potty this early hour. 
I han't changed much in my diet. I kept up with eating my regular  food and my regular intake of my poo when I go outside.  I am sure every dog does the same thing, my owners are not to happy when I eat the poo though. Then I guess I did add in those red delicious squishy things. No way those could cause me problems they are to delicious. Yesterday  I had a  helping of two red squishy things what is it my owner yells to drop... oh that's right... apples. Apples are the best! I don't drop them any longer I did at first but now I suck it down as fast as I can before she comes out into the yard to get me. Then later that evening this mysterious sound escaped from under my tail. I turned around to investigate but nothing appeared to be there. Whatever it was though scared both my owners enough to leave the room. Hmmmm....
Oh the female owner is coming out to get me in the other owners coat not a good sign I better go back inside.  Maybe she will feed me now. Yay!  Disappoint meets me as I look in my dish on the way back to bed. No food yet. My owner didn't even wait for me to check out my dish she is already back in bed.  No problem, I will do this all again  around 5:30ish this morning and I know I will get my food then. I like waking up the female owner she is funny and I have a hard time getting the male owner up. 
I guess I will get a few more hours  of sleep now, until I can repeat this glorious meal again tomorrow. Wait...I saw white flecks falling from the sky when I was out there. That can only mean one thing. Something more glorious than apples will be on the ground tomorrow. Delicious cold SNOW!!! Tomorrow will be the best day ever. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Time Filled, Time Free

  I would like to say that I kept my goal of writing a blog post once a week. As you can see though I have not. Technically I have been posting my thoughts on my Author Facebook page but that is not a blog nor does it have the room to post all my thoughts.
  I feel a blog is a better place to share things I have learned since writing my first book a few years ago. Today I started to feel that writers itch in my brain. The kind of nagging feeling that there is something I need to say on paper. To put my life in the pages of a book disguised as a story and only I know what parts are from my life. I find the writing process relaxing and exciting. I don't know where the story will go until my last paragraph is written and even then I don't know what will be my last paragraph. I have started a third book in my series twice and may start it a third time so I can get the main idea set. I am excited to write again. I took time off and I will say that happened to be nice at the time but now almost 2yrs later I think it would have been better to take a month off and get back into my schedule of writting.
   I enjoy the ups and downs of being an author but don't take to much time off from writing. That time you freed up for writing gets so easily filled with other things that when you go back to writing it is hard to carve the time out again. Maybe it is the recent passing of my cousin that has made me want to finish my story. It made me think about all the unfinished projects she may have left behind that nobody else but her would know how they were to be completed.  I want to do the things I think about doing when I think about them not put them off for another day.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Life Time Line

Lately I have been thinking about how a line of time is interwoven throughout everyone’s life story. Like a thread connecting us to our past, our present & our future. Maybe it is because I have been watching the ancestry show of where we come from on PBS or thinking about how short our time on earth really is but this thought of time has been stirring in me the continuing need to not wait for tomorrow for what we can accomplish today. If you want to write a story write your first sentence now, if you want to run a marathon start training now, if you want to cook well start asking others for help, what good does waiting do if you keep having a nagging thought in the back of your mind everyday that makes you less effective in your daily life. Just get out there & start doing what you keep putting off, no more excuses.  Time is a thread that keeps on going even after we pass so why not do something that will be remembered on that long line even if it is only known to you. 

Live, Dream, Reach, Fly…

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Keys to hurt

Today I feel like writing about something that stopped my creative flow recently. I had a day just like any other day but something happened that I didn't see coming &  it  hurt a little. I am not talking about physical kind of hurt but the hurt you feel when a friend is suddenly mean to you, the emotional kind. Usually I can bounce right back & take my time to deal with it but this time it got under my skin.

Do you know what that does for your creativity…? It stifles it. It is the first part of me to shut down. Is that helpful when writing a third book or blogging…No.  I tried hard not to let the moment affect me the way it did but as the day grew on I could feel this crustiness of embarrassment start to seep in.

Do you know what it took to get me out of my funk? It took hanging out with a bunch of friends (which is the last the thing I wanted to do, which also usually means it is the one thing I should do) we laughed together & hung out, it is exactly what I needed. I was able to look at what happened objectively & learn from it. I am so thankful I didn't lash out & allowed myself time to respond the right way.

Life is full of these uncomfortable moments the best we can do is learn from them, use them to better ourselves & help those around us. Don’t let these moments stifle the person you were created to be!

Relationships really are the key to everything.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Honest Honesty

I stare at the blinking cursor on my computer screen looking for that little blip to give me some sort of inspiration to write my 3rd book in my series called Seeking Destiny. But there is this thing inside of me that doesn’t want to write a 3rd book only because everyone else does plus the number three is weird. Yup you read that right weird. Why is it weird? I don’t really know but I was born this way in kindergarten I had to count flash cards out loud with my teacher, my parents & eventually a tutor because I refused to count & include the number three just three not thirteen or twenty-three or so on just three. Maybe that is why I have been dragging my feet on writing a third book. I want to write 2 ½ or a third and call it book non-three. Would that be completely unacceptable?

There are all these rules to writing like don’t start a book this way, don’t use cliché, don’t use the word ok or okay, try not to use was and so on and so on. Seriously there are so many rules to writing and quite frankly the English language I think it is amazing that any writer breaks through and writes something people will read. I have probably broken a few in this blog.  Maybe the scholars who make all these rules don’t like to read the things that are being written but other people read them. It is hard for me not to focus on this as I think of writing a non-third book but then I think I am sure almost every writer has felt this way at some point(but maybe not the number three thing).

And really it seems some of the best writing is honest writing. What people are thinking and don’t ever say. You tend to see that in blogs, honesty seeping through the desktop screen as you read the latest Mom confessions or a rant about what someone really thinks about boot socks. Plain old honesty in writing is more effective than all the rules that say write this way, say this, don’t write like that…  Maybe that is where I will start; honesty,  put that in my non-third book. It is true what people say in the writing world that the first sentence is the hardest and then after that everything kind of falls into place. So I will start with one sentence and work my way from there.

Then I have a completely separate thought as I write all of this of what would our society do without internet to post all these blogs, tweets and thoughts we deem so important to share with the rest of society. Would we resign ourselves to buying type writers and plastering our city with our honest thoughts or start to write a blog type newspaper? Hire people to drive from city to city handing out these thoughts we deem so important that everyone needs to read them?  But I digress that moment of no internet has not hit our society yet so for now life will proceed as normal and we all me included will continue to write what we feel is important and our versions of honest thoughts and share it with our circle of influence.

So I hope in the days to follow to not only start a non-third book but to write more of my honest thoughts to share with society.

Enjoy what’s to comeJ

Honesty to me is like the child pictured who can play make believe and is her honest self for the camera, her true self and not for a moment held back  or embarrassed by her honest self.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


So I posted yesterday that I was about to do something super fun with my books. Well I did & yes I was a bit nervous. I had the privilege of talking to 125 8th grade students at C.R. Anderson Middle School ( 6 classes instead of 3). All because one of the students (Sami) fell in love with my books so much, she wanted to share the stories with her teacher & her fellow classmates.

What an amazing opportunity. I was able to speak into the lives of 120+ students about the importance of following their dreams, reaching for them & once you get there flying to where ever the dreams may take you. I talked about the fact that not all dreams that you may share with others are received well & others may squash them. But we all have a choice to continue to pursue our dreams regardless of those around us. I also discussed my troubles in school with writing, spelling, grammar, etc... & how I almost let those troubles stop me from writing my books. I even talked about God's prompting me to write the book & obeying him in 5 of the classes, wasn't sure I was allowed to talk about God so I asked after the first class & the teacher said "OF Course. A little salting of God had to be in my talk since that is really how I have been able to get to where I am today.

 It really was such an incredible experience. I couldn't believe that the dream God gave me back in 2008 would lead me to such great things. I will say that now having read & discussed the inner workings of the publishing world with elementary school kids & the young adults of 8th grade, 8th graders have more in depth questions which I was happy to answer. Questions like: "Did you know what you were going to write in the story before you wrote it?" or "Did you know what would be inside the mysterious box before you put that in the story." Great questions. Then there were easy ones to like: " How old are you?" "Are you married?" yep fun questions like that:)

I hope through all of this I was able to inspire a few young people to pursue their dreams & not give up. I know I inspired at least one, hopefully more will follow.

I want to say Thank you again to Sami (Who also has awesome stawberry blond hair), Shannin, My Husband & Justin for making this awesome opportunity happen.

I can't wait to see where my books take me next & yes I am seriously considering a third now.