Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 Revisions

I know...it's been another long absence, but a huge change took place in my life. We moved from Central Texas to East Texas in the early fall of 2015. In the first year, we rented a house and hubby got settled into a new job. It was a challenge to learn a whole new area, where the closest city is about twenty minutes away containing a mall and popular stores I like to browse. The town we lived in had a population of over 4500 and it was a huge change from where I moved from, being over 85,000 people. Then in the second year,2016, we bought a house in the fall and moved again, into a very rural area of less than 1500 people. My home is about an acre, is on a dead end street, where I have woods behind me and on the north end of the house. Very peaceful here, but sometimes I miss interaction with different people. It has been an adjustment to this country life, where I see many squirrels, rabbits, birds and the occasional raccoons. While hubby worked, I had lots of time to get our household in order. I also had time to think about my writing, which was thoroughly lapsing. I had started a new project, "The Groundsman" in 2015, but found I didn't like the direction the story had taken, so I let it lie in the dust of my mind. I do have the beginning of the story in google docs, so at least part of the story is written. I will tackle it again to get the story going again, but first I had to complete the Cross Passage series. This was a must to put off my bucket list. I read out loud the 2nd book, Falling for Her Heart, and found many things in it which didn't read well or not make sense. So this spring I pulled it off Amazon and went through the manuscript to revise it. I also went through the manuscript for book three, Hearts Restless Winds, which is not published yet and the final manuscript for the fourth book (untitled). All needed a thorough edit. This was quite an undertaking. Sometimes you have to read things several times to make something work and I felt my eyeballs tire. However, I recently re-uploaded the new installment of book two on Createspace and it is available on Amazon. I did look to ensure they had the 2017 revision in place and they do, which is really reassuring. I will have to ensure the correct version available on Kindle too. It takes time to develop oneself to write. We all start off with grammar mistakes and bad wording, or too many uses of words like "that", "all", or cliche phrases. What diligence it takes to weed such things out. The fact I recognize it now shows growth. Still I do amble a lot and the plot may take a while to get to it's destination. I do write in a soap operatic fashion, where the characters are thrown into challenges unforeseen. When it reaches the end of the story, it feels satisfactory. I did find myself crying sometimes,being too involved in my characters, which are a part of me. My hope is other readers will reach the same conclusion of it being a good story. It remains to be seen.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Three years Gone

The last time I accessed this account seems to be three years ago. That's a very long time to be away. Writing used to be a passion, something I tried doing as a hobby. Then life got in the way as I pursued college, worked full time, and supported my youngest children leaving the nest. They still haven't earned their full wings, but I really wish they would. I have retired from my employer of 25 years and am now working from home part time. It's very nice to have that luxury, but I miss seeing people every day. Except for my hubby, who is home with me due to losing his job last summer. At least he gets his monthly VA check to tie us over, so it hasn't been a bad thing at all. He has time to get to those pesky home projects. And now I have time again to think about writing. I have a new manuscript being developed, The Groundsman. Its a story revolving the turn of the century, between a man keeping up with the grounds of a manor and the woman he falls in love with who is in a wheelchair. There is a time when he has to leave her, due to dire circumstances, and this particular part is difficult. I have to review and research information during the turn of that century, when the railroad was the way to travel across country, when electricity began to filter into homes and businesses, when California began to build up their cities. Other than this, I love the story interaction in the romance. I hope to get this project done by fall. The other thing I need to do is finish The Cross Passage Series. These books are self-published and there are two more manuscripts to edit. From a friend, I have discovered google docs and love the simple way I can edit the work. Perhaps I can get these done by fall and winter. That is my goal now. To get back to these, finish them, and move on to new creative projects. I want to pick up on my hobby where I left off. And to continue with this blog with a fresh outlook. Wish me luck.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

No time to write

Wow.. What happened to this blog? I wrote one post at the beginning of the year and failed inbetween since then. Not good. However, I will admit my life has been extraordinarily busy, so finding time to write has been next to nil. "No bueno", as one of my dearest friends would say to me. Life gets in the way for sure. I am caring for my elderly mother, within my own house. They say two cooks spoils the soup, but in this case, I am the only cook and have to spoil her. Not always easy to do. I am in charge of her medications, doctor appointments, laundry, grocery shopping, and taking her to the hair dresser. She is temperamental and I am inpatient, so we sometimes clash a bit. So far, we do manage to get a long, but there are days I'm not the perfect daughter. I realize i have to work on this myself, to make her comfortable and content at the very least. On top of that, I'm also going to college. So far, the spring semester brought me A's, and this fall I finished with a B in A&P 1, which replaced a D I made in that course over ten years ago. And I made another A in an internet health course. My GPA is not bad at all. I'm not at a 4.0, but I am trying to be a dedicated student. Perhaps in a year, I will be able to apply to the nursing program. :) My personal writing has slipped onto the back burner. I have managed to pick up my manuscript twice this year, but have progressed no further in editing it all the way through to get book three into press. I am hoping to get that done in 2013. That's the goal, at least. Managing my health and weight this past year hasn't been too bad. I have managed to hover around 200 mark, within a five pound range. My diabetes was being managed, but the latter part of the year has brought on stress and my numbers did go up a little. I know what I have to do to bring it down.. exercise. I just need to motivate myself back into it again. To ease up my stress, i devote my time watching the cooking networks. I love these and strive to find new recipes. Maybe once in a while, i will share a favorite recipe here. This blog has turned into a diary of sorts and I don't really mind sharing my thoughts with the world. I do apologize that this year has been lacking, but hopefully you can try to understand. I do wish anyone who still tunes into my blog a very Merry Christmas. Times are hard, but with God's love, we can manage them, with grace, compassion and humility. It is better to give than to recieve, and there are plenty of souls needing help all around. If you have been blessed in your life, share it with someone out of luck. They will appreciate your generosity. If you are one who is enduring hard times, things can turn around. Remain optimistic. I know I take in the little things and cherish my loved ones. They bring me great joy and love and material things can never take the place of that. God bless you and keep you well as we venture into 2013. Hugs :)