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Waterfalls and Life

It’s amazing to me how different life feels when I am out in nature. All the BS dissappears. I leave the stress of the daily grind behind and just enjoy the sights and sounds of mother earth. I can sit in wonder for hours watching the water coming over the falls, carving its way through […]

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Not yet!

Despite the Oregon Blizzard of 2019, it’s been sunny here for the last several days. There is evidence of Spring all around me. The nighttime temperatures have still been below freezing, but at least the snow is gone, and I can get out of my driveway again.

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One year journey

I’m sitting here listening to and doing a final review of my Into the Emerald audiobook. I look back and realize it’s been a little over a year since I started this journey. My life has changed for the better in so many ways.

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Happy Valentines Day!

To me, February 14th has always been just another day. I don’t like the commercialism that this day has always been. It’s a way to spend your hard earned money to prove your love for your significant other and line the pockets of others that sell such gifts that you would typically give, like greeting […]

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Progress at last

It feels good to get on with the story of Jo and Sarah. They have so much more of their lives to share with you and I’m proud of the story being told. My working title for book two of the Coffee and Emeralds series has the words Crimson and Amber in it. If you’ve read my first book, then you got a sneak peek at the beginning of the second book. The first draft is nearly complete. Soon I will begin the editing process.

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2018 was life-changing, bring on 2019

New Year, new books.  Coffee and Emeralds, book two is in the works and my goal is to release it by May.  I’m hoping for the end of this new year for book three, but I have other books in the works and will likely get those done prior to book three.

Now that my author update is out of the way, on to more personal things.

I want to wish all of you a very happy, fulfilling, and productive new year.  I want it for myself also and will strive to make it happen.  Positive thinking I tell you.  Positive thinking.

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Tis’ the Season

The Holiday season is a wonderful time of year.  A time to spend with family and friends, eating, exchanging gifts, catching up on everyone’s lives.  Rejoicing in the love and friendships we have no matter your faith. It’s also a hard time of year for many of us.  Probably all of us.  The stress of […]

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Stepping into it

I spent some time in the woods this week. Looking at all the changing leaves and fall colors and decided to push the button. Nervously stepping into the fray. Into the Emerald is now live on Amazon. Available as E-Book or paperback. I’m still deep into the second book. It’s coming. Thank you to all […]

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Revision

Everything needs revision at one time or another.  I’m not just talking about writing here. Your personal friendships and relationships, your daily life, your home, car, and workplace.  Revisions are a way of moving forward regardless of how it takes place. Over the last several weeks, every time I tried to get back into it, […]

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The sense of it all

Have you discovered like I have that sometimes there is no sense in things?  Things happen that we have no control over, yet we still try to find a way to exert it. Our brains make us do this.  We can’t help it.  We can’t let go because that seems like giving up, so we […]

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Renewal

I have been plagued with computer problems of late and have been so busy with personal things that I haven’t had much time to do any writing.  And technology frustrates me lately, so… I took a little mini vacation over the last week and it was wonderful.  The time away was great, the company was […]

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Whirlwind

This week so far has been a bit of a whirlwind for me.  Between work and home, writing stuff and other personal things, I have struggled to get to my blog this week. So here I am.  7am. Writing a quick post before work. I am moving ever forward in my writing process.  The second […]

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Big steps, small shoes

In the last 7 months, I have written a 71,000 word novel, gotten healthier and achieved a level of joy and happiness that I didn’t think was possible. The best part?  I did it myself.  I found the motivation and followed through.  I brought myself to this point and it is empowering.  Of course, there […]

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Love, Not Judgment

Inspiration comes in many forms.  Sights and sounds.  The wind and the rain.  People. How do you find inspiration in troubling times?  I ask this question in no way referencing anything political.  Yuck. We’ve all been there.  Times in your life when you struggle to get through the day so you can move on to […]

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Getting out Into the Emerald

I spent a wonderful morning out in nature yesterday.  I got out Into the Emerald green of the beautiful state that I live in.  A hike, a waterfall, a friend.  Lots and lots of trees along with white clouds and blue skies.  I could not have asked for a more perfect day. Days like this […]

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First Chapters

I wasn’t sure what to write about today, then I started thinking about the first chapter in Into the Emerald and decided that would be a good starting point. I’m not completely happy with it.  It doesn’t flow like the rest of the book does.  I think it’s because I was getting into my groove […]

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Balance

Making time for writing lately has been a struggle. When I do make the time, it’s exhilarating. Even now as I am making slow and steady progress with my synopsis for my first novel, I feel joy and am encouraged with every little inch of ground. I’m also a realist and know that soon when […]

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Beauty of life

I had some things in mind to talk about today, but they weren’t quite right for this space.  I’m on this personal journey called life trying to focus on the good and beautiful.  It’s hard to do with so much going on in the world. I live in Oregon, a place I moved to in […]

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Events of Life

You know how you can be going through your day, enjoying life and something will come to you that’s painful? A memory or a glimpse of something in the past that you cannot change.  An event that you will never be able to forget? As I’ve been writing lately, there have been many moments like […]

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PDX Pride 2018

Witnessing love in all it’s shades and forms. It was beautiful. I hung around the stage most of the afternoon listening to the artists perform and they blew me away.  I had a blast!

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