Thursday, May 25, 2017

The end of the school year.

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The sun is setting on this school year and we are SO ready for summer vacation! My kids had a great year and were fortunate with their teachers but there is something so special about summer vacation! We out for lunch this afternoon and my oldest asked me if I'd turned off the alarm clock for tomorrow morning. It made me laugh even as I said no I hadn't but then made sure to turn it off at once. With today's ever-changing and fast-moving pace I think the simplicity of summer, the more relaxed schedule and just being able to sleep in a bit arr so important! We do have a couple of things planned for the summer but mostly we'll be relaxing, swimming, hitting the beach, going to the library and getting lots of books to read and spending more family time together. It sounds blissful to me!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Pretty rose

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Nook page 45 of Jenny Colgan's The Bookshop on the Corner:

"Just do something. You might make a mistake, then you can fix it; but if you do nothing, you can't fix anything. And your life might turn out to be full of regrets." 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cover love

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I try very hard not to judge a book by its cover. However, I have been known - on more than one occasion - to buy a book because I love the cover. That is exactly what happened with The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. It did help that I also loved the description of the book, which is:

Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. 

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

I've started the book today and there is a quote in the front that I LOVE:

""Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."

VOLTAIRE

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

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Thank you #stmartinspress for the ARC of Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. It's a really good Romantic Suspense story that comes out on May 30th. The romance between the main characters is leisurely but worth it. The suspense portion of the story is definitely dark and difficult in some places. However, the story is so well written by Nora Roberts that I kept anxiously flipping pages.

I will post a full review in a couple of days. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Wild Blueberry smoothie

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This smoothie is delicious and good for you! Also, with only five ingredients it is really quick and easy to make, too! I originally got the recipe from the Medical Medium blog.

Ingredients:
1 cup wild blueberries
2 bananas
2 dates, soaked
1/2 lemon
1 cup of water


Directions:
Combine the wild blueberries, bananas, dates, and water in the blender. Add the juice from half a lemon. Blend the ingredients until smooth and well combined. Serves 1-2


I double the entire recipe so it will serve four. It is DELICIOUS and good for you! Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts (2)



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 334 of Come Sundown by Nora Roberts:

It matters, Callen, what you feel. Not just to me, but it sure as hell matters to me. They're options, and all of them good. Why shouldn't what you want count?"

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Rio - by Duran Duran


In honor of the fact that the Rio album was released 35 years ago this past week - here is the excellent video for Rio!

Love Actually 2 "red Nose Day" trailer


I adore the movie Love Actually! So when I heard they were doing a sequel for it I was thrilled! Then I heard it was only a ten-minute short to catch up with the lives of the characters. At first I was disappointed in this but now that I know it's for charity I am super excited to see this small, catch-up piece. Plus, I've watched the trailer and it looks rather adorable! I'm really looking forward to this and expect I'll quite enjoy it!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday vibes

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It's been a cool and pleasant day so far! I'm hoping it stays this way! I love the jacaranda trees and their pretty purple buds. The green and purple of these two trees in the gray morning light struck me as so peaceful. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 112 of Come Sundown by Nora Roberts:

Alone with the horses, Callen gave some thought to bitter young boys - he'd been one - and to a father who'd never been mean, but weak enough to lose everything. Including his son's respect.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bout of Books begins

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books readathon begins today, May 8th and goes through Sunday, May 14th. There are challenges, Q & A's and other fun things to do over the course of the week but reading is the main goal. 

I'm still listening to Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. It's good, really good and grips my attention while I'm listening. I'm also reading a Nora Roberts book. I'm also reading the latest Land of Stories book to my kids. So, hopefully I can finish these three books (at least the two I'm reading for myself only) this week and star ton something new.

What are you reading? Are you taking part in Bout of Books?

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Healing Eczema and Psoriasis

I know this is a rather off post for my blog but I feel compelled to share this information! I have suffered with eczema all of my life! I can go a long time with a flair up but then get hit by eczema really hard! I've always thought it was hereditary but I've learned that it is not! This soundcloud recording by Anthony William is LOADED with information on the history and the WHY of eczema and psoriasis. He also tells HOW we can heal from it with FOOD!

If you or anyone you care about suffers (and it is suffering!) with eczema or psoriasis I highly recommend this podcast!

Healing Eczema, Psoriasis and Acne

Sending love into the universe

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I think this is beautiful and so needs to be shared! We need love and blessings in our lives! So, love and blessings from me to all of you!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Crochet every day

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This picture came up in my Facebook memories today. Since I still agree with the sentiment wholeheartedly I thought I'd share it (again?) here, too? I'm so glad I took the time to teach myself how to crochet. Now that I think about it I started in February 2011. So I've been crocheting for six years. I do crochet nearly every day, too. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 397 of The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer -

Conner tried summoning his magic like he summoned his creativity. It started in his imagination, not his heart. He visualized magic as an idea for a new story. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bout of Books

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Yes, I am posting about another readathon! Bout of Books is a week long readathon that I've heard about in the past but usually after it has begun. This time I remembered it in time to participate. Here is the official description from their site:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

If this sounds like something you'd enjoy sign by May 8th.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Crock pot lasagna

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Yesterday during Dewey's 24-hour readathon I made crock pot lasagna for dinner. It turned out deliciously but we knew it would because we've had it before! It's so easy. You make and layer your lasagna as you would if cooking it in the oven EXCEPT you use raw noodles rather than cooked noodles. That way the noodles cook while they're in the crock pot. All together, prep and cook time it takes about three-and-a-half hours.

I managed to finish one book yesterday. I got through about a third of Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith and read by Robert Glenister. I'm really surprised at how much I am enjoying listening to an audio book. although I guess I shouldn't be because my kids and I have enjoyed listening to the Harry Potter books. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dewey's 24 hour readathon and an audio book

26877849 Today is the day - Dewey's 24-hour readathon is on! As usual, I got started late but that's okay! I decided to try listening to an audio book as I did some chores and got dinner in the crock pot for my family. We'll be having lasagna this evening and my kids are delighted! So am I, as it happens. Crock pot lasagna is amazingly delicious!

Anyhow, listening to Career of Evil has been quite enjoyable! I believe I may have struck on a way to read (hear) more books while still getting things done - like writing, blogging and crocheting. Of course, I am also able to do chores, as I did this morning, not nearly as fun as writing or crocheting, but still a necessity. I have liked listening to this book. The story is written by Robert Galbraith and it's being read by Robert Glenister. I love his English accent and the timing and his cadence in telling the story are fantastic!

Okay, I'm off now to continue listening to te book and get some writing done.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Choices for tomorrow's readathon

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So looking forward to tomorrow! I'll read what and when I can - along with my kids - and call it a win! :)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dewey's 24-Hour readathon

 The next installment of Dewey's 24-Hor readathon is this Saturday, April 29th! It's a fun-filled event of reading, cheering, eating, drinking, doing challenges and basically sharing the love of books with others who feel the same about them! Of course, you don't have to do all of those things I just listed. You don't even have to do them for the twenty-four hours - I never have. My start time is %;00 a.m. and I just can't make that work on a Saturday morning! That being said, this event is something  really look forward to participating in the two times per year that it happens. I love the reading I'm able to get done. I love spending time with my kids reading - alone and together. We love the snacks I buy for it and the overall camaraderie of book lovers! If this sounds like fun to you, too, sign up here!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Taming Natasha by Nora Roberts



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Nook page 49 of Taming Natasha by Nora Roberts:

Why did men think they could soften up a woman with a flower? because they could, Natasha admitted, biting off a sigh as she glanced toward it. That didn't mean she was going out to dinner with him. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bullet journaling anniversary

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I realized the other day that I have been Bullet Journaling for a year! It has been such a great organizational tool for me. I can't imagine going back to a tradtional calendar or planning sysyem. The flexibility and creativity (and for me the simplicity) of it are amazing! 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Duran Duran and Snoopy

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So in love with this! A friend shared this with me on Facebook. It's not mine, though I may need to buy one! LOL Oh, and I absolutely agree with Snoopy here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fruit salad

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I'm finding eating healthier to be a lot easier than I'd expected. I thought I'd get a little bored with it but I'm not. Of course, it does help that I like a lot of fruit and vegetables. The above fruit salad is what I made for my kids and I as an after school snack. It's bananas, a red apple, a green apple, blueberries and an orange. My daughter and I chopped up all the fruit, put it in a bowl and mixed it up. It was nice, quick and easy but so delicious! There was some left to put in lunches tomorrow, too. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Brazen Virtues by Nora Roberts



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 70 of Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts:

"Mystery writer discovers sister's body." Grace nodded, preparing herself. "Yes, it would make an interesting lead story." She stared at the phone. "I can handle the press, Ed."

Monday, April 17, 2017

Musing Mondays: Favorite time to read

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: Do you have a favorite time of day to read?

I do have a favorite time of day to read and that is at night when my home is quiet and everything is done for the day. This is also usually in bed which is my favorite place to read. Now, that being said, I will read any time of day or night and often get in pages here and there through the day.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter to all of those who celebrate it! Happy Sunday to all! I hope everyone is having a pleasant and relaxing day.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hidden Figures

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Last night we watched the movie Hidden Figures! It is an excellent movie! Now I want to read the book. I want all the extra details that I am certain had to be left out of the movie for the sake of time. Here is the GoodReads description of the book by Margot Lee Shetterly:

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space.

Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South's segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America's aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly these overlooked math whizzes had shots at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam's call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black West Computing group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War and complete domination of the heavens.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the civil rights movement, and the space race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellects to change their own lives - and their country's future.

See, doesn't this book sound fantastic? I think it does. Two things strike me right off based on the description. One, this book is about four pioneering African American women. The movie didn't include Christime Darden and I wonder why. Two, the time frame of the movie is a couple of years while the book sounds like it covers a couple of decades. THis book is going to the top of my to-read list!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts (2)



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 132 of Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts:

If he'd gone with instinct, he would have said good night and gone on to the next address on the list. Procedure was more demanding and infinitely more boring than instinct. They interviewed the three other priests in the rectory.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Photo by my husband

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My husband and daughter went grocery shopping this evening. They bought me tulips while out. Then he took this super cool photo of one of the flowers!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Centerpieces

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This is the lovely centerpiece from my chapter meeting of RWA today. It's adorable! Better than that is that the actual meeting itself was FANTASTIC! There was chat about goal setting (and actual goals set!), a panel that spoke about things new writers should be aware of in the publishing industry and an afternoon presentation on how to be more productive! All in all - agreat meeting!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Brussels sprouts

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Yummy Brussels sprouts for dinner. I put pepper, butter and Parmesan cheese on them. My kids don't like them but my husband and I think they're delicious! 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Title

I HAVE A TITLE! Excuse my all caps excitement, please. I am so excited to FINALLY have a Title for my current book! I was truly beginning to sweat not having a title for my book because I am ready to submit said book - as in tomorrow, the next morning at the latest! 

It's not uncommon for me to lack a title at the beginning of a writing project. It doesn't bother me at that point because I know the title will come to me during the writing process. I also know whatever title I choose may be changed when it comes to publication. Still, I need to submit the book with a title. So imagine my nerves as I began to near the end of writing the story and still had no title. Then I went through the first round of revision with no idea of what I wanted to call the book! Same thing for revision round two. Now I'm at the end of my third round of revision and until about an hour ago still had NO IDEA what I wanted to call this book! Then it FINALLY came to me and I am so happy with it! I won't get emotionally attached to the title but I am still so relieved that I have a name for my book!

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I love writing advice! That doesn't mean I always take it but I LOVE to hear and read about authors opinions and advice on their personal writing journeys. Though I don't take every bit of advice I hear I do always learn something I can use! Add in a title that's meant to make people smile and I can guarantee I'm going to want to read the book - and learn the advice. I just got this book today so I can't share anything I've learned from it just yet. However, I am excited to get into it.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 12 0f Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts:

"No use letting it get to you," she murmured, then seeing his face, passed him the Pepsi. It always got to you. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Keep crafting


I love this so much I had to share it here! It's not mine. I got it off of Twitter from Stylecraft Yarn. Still, it's perfect for Monday and I completely agree with it!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Camp Nanowrimo


Camp 2017 - Participant - Profile PhotoI'm sure a lot of you know that November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). In April, the same organization runs Camp NaNoWriMo. It's the same idea in terms of creating a writing goal and doing your best to achieve it during the thirty days of April. This year, the organizers have set it up so that participants can choose to write a certain number of words or pages per day. You can even write a set number of lines or revise. In other words, whatever works for you. I've decided to go for writing 30,000 words this month. That's less than the 50,000 word requirement in November but it will still be a challenge for me as I have a LOT going on this month!


It's not too late to sign up and participate if Camp NaNoWriMo sounds like something you'd like to do this April. Just go here to do so!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon

It's almost time for another installment of the amazing and fun Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon. It is on April 29th - so exactly four weeks from now. The great organizers have opened sign-ups for the event. Don't worry though - it's always free.

The readathon is designed to have fun and read as much as you can or want to read in a 24-hour period. There are a lot of fun things to do as well like mini challenges and sharing the fun with fellow book and reading enthusiasts! This can also be a fun family event. My kids love to participate in this with me each time.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Enough

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I am very relaxed right now and thought of this quote. It is so true and I believe taking time for ourselves is so important! Know that all you do and who you are is valuable and let that knowledge be wnough! Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Final Cut (2)



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 198 of The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison:

He closed the book and she saw the title. She didn't realize the significance until much, much later. He was reading Invisible Man.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lovely Spring

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I took this picture at the park today. To me it perfectly illustrates how lovely Spring truly is! Of course, it is super windy here right now and all of our allergies are acting up like crazy. Still, it's such a beautiful season!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Take the Risk

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I love this quote and believe it to be absolutely TRUE! I attended the California Dreamin' Writers Conference this weekend and it was amazing! Robyn Carr and Sarah MacLean were the Keynote speakers and both had wonderful and inspirational things to say about this writing life! The crux of both of their speeches was to WRITE! What a surprise, right? It was nice - and well-timed - to hear it, though. Another thing I took away from this weekend was a reminder to stay true to myself, my writing style and what I want to write!

I have been told a couple of times recently, "You can't write that. No one will want to read that." It was discouraging, to say the least. I was reminded during Sarah MacLean's speech today to "Take the Risk!" So I'm going to do just that - Take the risk! I'm excited, nervous and hopeful!