Random


True to my word, I’m posting again. The last post I wrote was in response to good news on a couple fronts. And I think that needs more thought.

Some people wander through life with nary a hitch. It seems like nothing bad ever happens to them.  They work, get promoted, work more… They get married, live happily ever after, have children when they want them–piece of cake–and so on.  I wonder if maybe eventually they just die of boredom.

Misfortune has not passed me by! I’ve lost many loved ones in the past few years, including a beloved daughter. There have been many times when I did NOT want to continue living, but here I am. And you want to know why?

Because there are still many people on earth whom I love and who love me.  People who would really be hurt if I weren’t here, helping them, loving them.  People who share with me all the little victories and celebrations each of us experience from time to time.–as well as the hardships. We each help each other through them all. It’s a special element in our collective life.

And today is one of those days when I think about this–how lucky I am. It’s gorgeous out–bright sun, blue sky, wispy white clouds, and a blanket of soft, fluffy snow all over. It’s the kind of day when you know all is right with the world and nothing bad can touch you. You’re invincible.

It’s the kind of day when you should hit that keyboard and write the next chapter in your book! So here I go…

Surprise!


Two posts in two days! I’m shocked at myself. But some good things are happening to me and mine these days, so I’d like to hoot and holler about that.

A family member who hit a telephone pole head-on (in his car) on his way to work a couple weeks ago is improving drastically. It is so amazing to see how our brains work. Or how they don’t work, in parts, so to speak. He can speak–in sentences, clearly, and only little aphasia now. (Look it up.) Still no memory, but doctors believe that will come back, too. And after a little more physical therapy, he should be able to walk again. Amazing!

Another family member is getting his “feet on the ground” after several years of foundering. Ah hallelujah!

And the other night, I received an email from an editor of an e-book publisher asking to see the whole story I had written. (I had sent a query letter and first ten pages of my manuscript to the company a short while ago.) Any writer out there knows that that is good news, indeed, to an author.

So that’s why I’m posting twice in the same week. Good news is worth the extra effort!

 

Resolutions and 2012


Okay! A new year and new promises (which are much stronger than resolutions, I think). I WILL blog regularly. At least once a week. So watch out! Here I come!

Update on my reading: Visiting friends in St. Louis a while back, I bought a paperback book in the Lewis and Clark Museum (located right near the Arch). What a find! The title is “Incidents in the life of a Slave Girl”. Written by Harriet Jacobs (a former slave) and published originally in Boston in 1861, it was reprinted by Dover publications in 2001. This is a powerful recording of one of the darkest periods of our history. I think it’s a must-read for all of us. Look it up at http://www.doverpublications.com.

I got a new Touch Kindle for Christmas! It took some focused training to really use it, but I’m getting the hang of it now. Anyway, my first two books I’ve read on it prove that good reading does not necessarily have to be from the latest best seller list.

“Brunswick Gardens” by Anne Perry is an old publication, one of her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt (husband and wife) series. Set in Victorian England, this story was a conglomerate of mystery, of course, but also murder, romance, drama, and a course in that period’s history. An interesting, study in realistic characters.

Today, I just finished reading Lee Child’s book, “61 Hours”. Now that I’ve finished it, I believe it’s the last of a series of books with Michael Reacher as the very dynamic, very knowledgeable about tough-guy stuff main character. If this were made into a movie, I wouldn’t watch it. It’s that tense, raw, and downright nervous. (But then, I’m a real pansy.) But it’s an excellent plot, carried out with superb writing, and with all its demands on my nervous system, I could not put my Kindle down.

I’m going back and read more of both these authors. Hope you do, too.

Reading


Sorry I’ve been so remiss in keeping you updated on my reading. Life has a way of getting ahead of you. At least that’s my excuse.

The YA (great for mid-grades, too) I recently finished reading is “Moon Over Manifest” by Clare Vanderpool. This was a tough and tender story of a young girl (13-ish) who felt sort deserted by her father. She made friends in a small, down-trodden town and learned even more about life and its real values.