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This is about to be a huge week for me, so I’m taking a deep breath and sucking down extra caffeine (coffee, Diet Dew, Dew Kickstart … whatever it takes) and maybe a few extra M&Ms (plain, otherwise, it’s way more than a few). Book 21. I have two chapters left to write. Polly ended […]
You Are My Sunshine Lydia looked up from the desk where she was working when she heard the doorbell ring. “Who is bothering me this morning?” she muttered, sliding her feet back into her slippers. She ran up the steps from the basement and groaned at the top. “Slow down, old lady. No need for […]
Once I turned thirty-five, I began telling people … out loud … about the crazy things I did so that as I grew older, my friends and family wouldn’t simply assume I was senile. I hoped that at least they might pause before making that assumption. Losing words when I’m in the middle of a […]
They are promising 3-5″ of snow tomorrow in central Iowa. Don’t bail on me now, you crazy weather patterns. Bring it! Yeah, yeah, yeah … I know that you’re tired of winter and all that. Don’t hate me. I haven’t had a good blow-out blizzard in several years and it’s time. (I’m including a series […]
I’ve spent time this weekend packing books. There’s nothing like a pile of brown kraft paper, boxes, tote bags, books and other things to get three cats all excited. I keep saying that these three can add multiple levels of complexity to every simple task. It gets a little intense. Tomorrow I will make my […]
In the years I’ve been on social media (GEnie, Compuserve, AOL, MySpace, Facebook), I’ve met incredible new friends while rediscovering old friends and family relationships. I can look back over these years and honestly say that those connections have been amazing. Some of the most surprising things have come from people I knew years ago […]
A midweek blog post wasn’t in the plans, but when something leaps into my head … well, there it is. One difficult thing when writing is finding character names. Now, sometimes a person’s name is obvious. When I wrote Book 1, Lydia, Beryl, Sylvie, and Andy’s names flowed out of my fingers. That’s who they […]
For as much as I adore the English language, I can butcher it with the best of them. It usually happens that just as I’m in the middle of saying something really dumb, I hear it in my head and at that point, I can no longer back away from it. I’ve told you before […]
I love winter. I love snow. I love cooler weather. I love blankets. I love snuggling fur-babies. I love wearing sweatshirts. I love bright blue skies. I love blizzards. Really … I love winter. I’m not fond of ice and I’m not a fan of below zero temperatures. If I could have winter without those […]
This week I’ve spent a great deal of time in my head. It’s not a bad place to be at all, especially when the time spent there is used for dreaming, planning, and setting goals for the next year. Those things finally made it to paper and then into Evernote, which is when they became […]
Capture Your Memories: A Journal
Capture Your Memories in this little journal. It offers a great deal of flexibility, as you can write when you wish and simply date the entry. Prompts to encourage your memory are scattered throughout the journal along with pages for you to be creative, whether you draw, doodle, write or use them to paste in memories or photographs.
Books are Life: A Reading Journal
Books are Life! Those of us who consume them find that reading is nearly as important as breathing. In this journal you will find room to record your favorite authors, series and even quotes from your favorite books. Pages to record important information about the books you read also offer prompts that will encourage you to dig in and think.
I come from a family of story tellers. As long as I can remember, we’ve been laughing and crying at stories that we tell each other. These have been the way that we remember our history and the way we deal with our present. The future? It’s simply a story waiting to happen.
My father was a pastor and his sermons were filled with illustrations and stories. My grandparents and my parents were always using tales of their lives to keep others entertained and my siblings and I continue to do the same thing.
Max Muir Photography
The cover images for the Bellingwood series have all been shot by my husband, Maxim M. Muir. I am very fortunate to be able to have exquisite photography available to me. I get the best photographs any person could ask for.