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As a writer, I will be blogging about many things that interest me. My posts will be about what I am writing and other things I'm doing. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Winter Day

Ice, Snow, Sleet, - What a day. At least the power is on. I've been working on my novel Murder on Tour. Funny thing, I'm writing along fine and then begin to question my punctuation and format. I comfort myself by thinking I'll go back and correct it later.

Two publications have asked for a picture. Naturally, I don't have a good one. I never take a good picture. Also, am not too good at emailing pictures. So tomorrow is picture day at my house, I'll be scanning and 'trying' to email.

I read a note from a friend in Virginia that she also is iced in so I guess this weather is pretty wide spread in the southern part of the U.S.

Monday, January 19, 2009


Good morning on this dreary Monday. What a wonderful day to hide in my office and write. So why am I not doing that? Procrastination. My husband said I'm afraid of success therefore I put off writing as long as there is anything else to occupy my mind and hands. What am I doing instead of writing? Answering emails, doing some genealogy research, thinking about baking and writing this blog. I think I procrastinate because writing is hard. You have to reach down deep inside yourself and come up with a readable page. That page may reveal more about you than you really want any one to know. My husband was being nice when he said I'm afraid of success. I really afraid of rejection.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Time Gets Away

Wow. Time really gets away from me. I thought January was a time I could sit back and gather my thoughts and really get some writing done. I've done some writing but not on my novel and certainly not on my blog. One of my goals was to keep my blog up to date - haven't done that. Will try to do better.

I've sent a mini mystery to Woman's World, written a contest mystery for Sleuth's Ink and I'm working on a devotional for The Sage Journal. So I have been busy.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

2008 We Hardly Knew Ye

2008 is gone and 2009 is well into our schedules. Truly I haven't written 2008 on a check yet when I should have written 2009. Whohoo - I'm doin' good.

I hate it when news broadcasts, magazines or newspapers look back on the old year. Nor am I fond of Christmas letters that recap the previous year. But as I think of 2008 a few blessings come to mind. 1. I have a new grandson born in May. After a few problems in the beginning he is doing great now. He is trying to crawl and has a cute little gummy grin that wins your heart. He is in addition to 5 other grandchildren I won't mention here - sorry guys.

2. I visited my brother in Idaho. We have not been particularly close in past years. We are as different as daylight and dark so don't always see eye to eye. But I enjoyed the visit and I think we are closer now than in a long time.

3. I enjoyed a short trip with my friend Carolyn in October. Found a bit of material for a story hopefully.

4. My son arrived home from Iraq safely and is now home with his family. We couldn't be happier.

5. I had an assignment published by LifeWay Resources this year again as I have for several years. A few contest entries and a short article accepted by Good Old Days magazine make a fair showing in the writing department. Still working on that novel though.