Sabbatical Adventures begin . . .

Sabbatical Adventures begin . . .

Saturday, May 7, 2016



Not doing the greatest at this writing for forty days thing.

Took a mini beach vacation in the middle of this week, (some pictures below).  Today is Saturday and I will write more on my novel, and tomorrow is Mother's Day, probably no writing on that day when one has ten kids!  Probably will be going out to breakfast, lunch and dinner and taking phone calls the rest of the day!  Whew!

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I am still trying to keep up with this 40 days of writing. catch me later at the first of next week for more writing.

And have a happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

R & R

We're off on an adventure today.  Rented a cabin at Fort Steven's State Park near Astoria Oregon for some R & R.  Ahhh, so peaceful and quiet here (until hubby's car alarm went off accidentally :)  Sitting here enjoying the view from the kitchen table over a cup of tea.

 A little difficult to get my mobile to post pics, so I'll share more when I get home.

Monday, May 2, 2016


Day 13 - - -

Well, I missed posting on Saturday and Sunday, but I did write on other projects, so I feel I am doing well with this writing for 40 days determination. (See first post here.)

It's harder than one might think to follow thru with 40 days of anything.  It involves will power! And as I said before staying focused on the final destination--this one being a habit of writing daily.

  So for today's submission, here is a little poem about our new month of May.

May, traditionally a month of flowers
brought from the April showers. 
Spring brought us May Day poles 
and garden Easter egg rolls. 

All beautiful symbols of peace
But our symbols have been fleeced--
by people who protest in streets--
too bad they don't choose peace.

Friday, April 29, 2016


Day 10--

Thinking about my writing today . . . my book series on Legacy.   Legacy means:  anything handed down from an ancestor.   I know we don't often think of ourselves as anyone's ancestor, but the truth is, we will be an ancestor to someone, even if we have no kids.  We are probably someone's aunt, (or uncle) and so will be an ancestor.

Headstone in the Alden Cemetery - Caddo Co. Oklahoma

What will successive generations look back on? What do they want to see in their heritage?   Will they find you in their history and wonder who you were?  Everyone wants to be remembered, don't they?  And not be just a name on a tombstone?  Isn't that why (albeit, subconsciously) so many of us want to be famous?  We want to think that our lives matter for something, or to someone.

Legacy is the basic premise of my book series.  Series titles at this point, are Unknown Legacy: The Severed Branch, and Unfinished Legacy: Abby's Story.  Both books deal with what we want to leave behind.  One book, in progress, follows several generations to a current legacy being lived out, and the other, finished but not published, a personal legacy of the value of one life.  Hoping you will want to read both of them.

I am today, toying with the third title but it is not set in stone yet. (pardon the pun!)  Obviously, not started yet, just in the conception stage.

Well, better get back to it!  Unknown Legacy is calling for a finish!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Staying Focused on the Destination

Day 9 - - - 

Yesterday I spent some time writing on my second novel, reacquainting myself with the characters and rethinking my plot and how I am getting to where I want to go with it.  (That's what  happens when you get in a funk and let things go for a while! You have to re-think! Refresh!)

I re-read the prologue, and the first two chapters.  I added some details and today I will re-read it to see if it is captivating enough for my readers.  As I write, it occurs to me that I know where the plot is going, but my reader doesn't.  He/she must want to keep reading; I must captivate him with words.  I know you who write already know this, so, who am I  telling, anyway?!  This post is just a little reminder to stay focused and stay in process!
Hope you are able to stick-with-it!

BTW, for those of you who were wondering, my second novel, will be called The Severed Branch.  It is the second in my Legacy series.