Sunday, November 30, 2014

National Novel Writing Month Ends Today!

It's official! I have completed the first draft of the mystery I have been working on for several years.
I had tried to finish it a couple of years ago, but got lost along the way and put it aside.

Last year I did the NaNoWriMo with a completely new idea to see if I had what it takes to write a fifty thousand word novel in thirty days.

I am happy to say that I did complete it and am a winner two years in a row..

Now for the hard part, revising. As I was writing, I was thinking, I need to go back and start this subplot earlier.
 I need more description here.

Or, this is terrible, it's all passive voice. So I'm going to print it all out (when I get some more toner-today) and start making notes where all these changes need to be made.

I'm doing a happy dance today. Oh yeah!

So how did you do?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Five Things I'm Thankful For this Thanksgiving Day 2014


Last picture of all of with Mom and Dad. Back row: Sherry, Sheila(me) June, Glenda, Larry and Angie. Special thanks to Steven Aldridge for the picture.

There are so many things I'm thankful for that it's difficult to name just five, but here goes:
1.     At the top of the list I would have to put that I'm thankful to God for putting me where I am    
        now. In a country where I can worship Him and study Him without fear of being bombed out
        of my home. A city where I have found friends, a job and church.
2.     I'm thankful for my grandparents who had such an impact on my life even though I only got
        see them about once a year until my parents moved back. They were strong in faith, had    
        morals, faced  many hardships and were good parents, too.

       My parents who helped me through rough times and taught me that love could endure between 
       two people and be faithful to each other.
3.    My siblings and friends that are as close as my siblings. They have taught me so much about
       love, forgiveness, friendship and patience.
4.    My husband, my very best friend, who loves me,forgives me and let's me be myself. His
       kindness to my parents, friends and others is phenomenal. I'm thankful for him everyday.
5.    I'm thankful for my three children, for their accomplishments, the closeness they share with
       each other and their willingness to help others in need.

Okay, I know I said five but I have to add one more. I'm thankful for my writing buddies and the encouragement they give me. I hope I am helping them as much as they are helping me.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Happy Anniversary

Ken and I took a lovely day to Ormond Beach. We walked the beach and watched the waves rolling in. The wind was brisk so we headed on up to St. Augustine. We stopped on the way there and ate a nice lunch overlooking the river. Then we found some sites to see. First stop was the Oldest House and museum. No picture taking allowed so you'll just have to visit to see the inside. The bottom floor was built around 1726 and the second floor added later. Bailey our tour guide at the Oldest House Museum, recommend the Spanish Military Hospital and it was a good one. We went to there  and learned more than we ever wanted to know about amputations. Thank you Dawn, for that. We also learned about medicine as far back as the 1500's and how some of todays medicines are derived plants and herbs that were used back then.
 Bailey also recommended the Chocolate Turtle for a place to stop for coffee and dessert and it was delicious.

Thank you to everyone that wished us a Happy Anniversary (23). We had much fun and got lots of ideas for future articles and stories.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

NaNoWriMo off to Good Start

Survived last week with birthday cake and Grace Steakhouse and Sushi, Halloween and next the end of Daylight Savings time!

Now it's time for NaNoWriMo and I'm off to a good start. I want to complete the WIP I've been working for awhile now. I've been studying the craft and taking some online courses too.

Wish me luck and Good Luck to you!
(Hands on Keyboard) Butt in Chair)