May the sad and the bad pass with the old year,
May the good continue,
And may great blessings and happiness come to you
In this shiny, New Year.
Best wishes to you all for 2018!
On this day may:
Your home be filled with happiness,
Your loved ones be near, if only in spirit,
Your heart be full of hope,
Your soul be at peace,
And your life feel ever blessed.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!
I might complain, Dear Puppy,
That you get better treatment than I,
But when you roll to your haunches,
Belly exposed, eyes so hopeful,
Paws happily scratching the air for pets,
I have to admit,
You deserve it.
A stray thought,
A passing glance at your photo,
The empty silence of your room,
The timbre of your voice in a dream remembered.
It doesn’t take much to open a cavern of grief.
I miss you.
I enjoyed the Goodreads Two Sentence Horror Story challenge for Halloween so much I wrote a couple more. They’re posted on Twitter, but for posterity I figured they should be on my blog as well. It’s a little late, but here are all three. Enjoy!
Two Sentence Horror Story #1
In our youth he promised he’d never leave me,
would crawl through earth and stone to be near.
For forty days I yearned and mourned,
until I heard the scratch of nails across my floor
and a voice that rasped,
Two Sentence Horror Story #2
“Such imagination,” she’d chuckled,
smoothing the blond curls of her precious boy
when he told her the doll on the shelf said they’d play forever.
Over his grave she cried a short time later,
and screamed when one doll became two,
the other with beautiful blond curls.
Two Sentence Horror Story #3
She’s always been the neat type,
her house in order
before she leaves.
So there’s no way to explain,
when she comes home from work,
the lone shoe
in the middle of her floor.
My apologies for taking such a long time to update my blog. The year was a long one that ended in loss and one in which I did not write much. I have not, however, put writing aside forever. The stories I’ve been planning are still going to be written. Only the time frame has shifted. I’m still working on the story I mentioned last year, and the third book in The Hidden Gifted series will follow. There is a change to the series as well; there will be four books instead of three! An idea came to me for the third book, and I am super excited about it. The story will follow Samuel, who was mentioned in the second book, and will give us an idea about what’s been going on outside the world of those we’ve followed in the series so far. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. 🙂
Life is short, my friends. In this past year I’ve learned how important it is to love, to try to be our best selves, and to make the most of the time we have with each other. It is truly my hope that I write stories that add enjoyment to your days.
Love to you all.
I hope summer went well for everyone. It was an eventful one for me, one that took me away from writing for a while, but now I am thinking about what I want to accomplish in the months ahead. I’ve started a standalone story that has been pulling at me for a while that I simply have to get written, and then I have the third book in The Hidden Gifted series. Time to buckle down and get writing again!
I was really excited to find a kid’s review of The Worlds Traveler on the site Kids’ Book Buzz. I sent Kids’ Book Buzz a copy of the book in the hopes of getting a young reader to read and write about it and I lucked out! I always appreciate a review, but I have to admit, there’s a special pleasure in getting one from a young reader, as that is the intended audience for the series. If you have a chance, check out the review here.
I am also thrilled that The Worlds Traveler has found its way onto another library’s bookshelves! The Evergreen Public Library will be participating in Indie Author Day on October 8, 2016 and will be showcasing books from indie authors. If you’re in the area, stop by, take a look, and maybe discover a new author to enjoy. There are a lot of hidden jewels out there. I really can’t thank the Evergreen Public Library enough for the opportunity, and most importantly, the support. Many thanks to them.
Have a wonderful fall!
Oh happy day!! The Worlds Traveler has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. Thank you to Literary Classics International Book Awards and Reviews! I am so thrilled and honored. Their review of The Worlds Traveler has been posted as well. Feel free to check the site and see what books they’ve discovered as good reads!
If you hear the tip-tapping of happy feet, it’s because The World’s Traveler has a feature/review in the Midwest Book Review online publication Children’s Bookwatch! You can find it in the Children’s Bookwatch April 2016 issue on its Fantasy/SciFi Shelf. Many thanks to James A. Cox and Midwest Book Review for adding The Worlds Traveler to its list of recommended books! Click to read the feature here.
Many thanks to the Glen Ellyn Public Library for adding The Magician’s Doll and The Worlds Traveler to its Emerging Author Collection! I’m so happy the books are on its shelves. If you’re from the area, stop in and check them out and experience for yourselves what a great library Glen Ellyn has!