I have been very busy home schooling my twelve-year-old and (still) rebuilding my damaged body. Last week was my brother’s birthday, and I bought him a Samsung tablet at Best Buy.
Then I met a Samsung employee working at Best Buy, and though we should have left the store to work on the new tablet, I spoke to the sales person about his cell phone.
Do you see where this is going? Yes, I bought a new cell phone – the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The large screen where you can write (with a stylus) pretty much had me at hello.
Now it is time for me to find my writing groove again…
My family and I recently went to the island of Galveston (in Texas). After spending time in the ocean and eating a quick snack, we went for a walk.
We entered the beautiful lobby inside the Hotel Galvez and ended up taking a two hour tour with the head of security when I studied the picture of Mr. Galvez. He gave us an enlightening history lesson regarding the ‘Great Storm’ of 1900, a huge hurricane killing about ten thousand people.
The story of an orphanage managed by a loving nun broke my heart. When the water reached the top of their building, the nun tied a rope around her and the children in hope of them swimming. I cannot imagine the terror those they must have felt. One of the little girls is now a resident ghost in the hotel’s basement where she bounces her red ball to the fear of the guests.
After hearing several other interesting things about this island, my interest in writing a ghost novel in Galveston has invaded my mind. I hope that you may have a similar experience with your research as well.
It’s been difficult to work on my novels without a reliable computer these last six months. My desktop has been on the verge of dying, and hurts my neck when I sit there too long. I tried to work on my stories with my iPad, but it was too frustrating for me to use a touch screen device. I can’t help editing as I type when those red lines appear on my screen.
But thanks to my wonderful parents, I now can work on them again. They are very supportive of me writing and want to read my work. My dad wants me to write his life colorful life story. Last week they sold their house in Western Pennsylvania, and bought me this wonderful laptop with a large monitor.
It’s time for me to create a new writing schedule and immerse myself into my fictional world once again.
I am finally writing another blog post. The last few days I’ve been busy working on both my adult ghost/spirit short story, The Enchanted Stone, and my YA time travel novel, Time Control: Deception.
It is such a blessing to me when my characters talk to me as I write their stories, and it helps me to not dwell on my health problems. Now that I’m writing daily again, hopefully all of my tales will be published one day.
Otherwise my ghosts will haunt me again. Did you know that I have a Spirit in my new house? Yep, and he/she opened up the light fixture while my son sat below. And where I’m currently sitting and writing this.
Today I want to write about one of the most epic tales (non-fiction) I’ve ever read: The Book of Mormon. I am participating in the 4th annual Mormon Blogfest, where Mormon writers blog about their beliefs.
If you are not a Mormon, you might ask, what makes the Book of Mormon an epic tale?
Well, it is a volume of Holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It was written by ancient prophets, and contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ for everyone living on the earth in the last days before our Savior returns to the Earth. These prophets lived in the Americas 500 years before Christ, during His mortal life on earth, and about 400 years after his death. They wrote about their spiritual experiences as well as the history of their people.
The reason I love this Holy scripture so much is whenever I have a question or problem in my life, the answer is ALWAYS in the Book of Mormon. I am so, so, grateful to be a Mormon and have this Holy scripture to guide me and my family through these troubled days.
Here is the link to Kayeleen’s blog to read why being a Mormon is important to her.
My master bedroom in my new house has 6 windows. Whenever we have a thunderstorm, or if it is windy, I always hear an eerie noise. It usually either sounds like a train, or a group of Spirits (ghosts) whooshing around my windows.
This has encouraged me to return to my two ghost novels which I began about three years ago. (Not that I’m counting). My plan now is to update my blog with information about my research and writing. I have new neck problems, so writing may once again be my form of therapy as I embrace my fictional world of an enchanted locket and the Spirits who want to cross to the other side.
It’s been way too long since my last post. Between moving my parents and brother with me to Texas, and moving into a brand new house from KB Home, life has been very hectic.
Unfortunately, that also means my novels have also been neglected and my characters are calling me back now. I have set up my new writing space in my bedroom, where I will actually write in bed with my iPad in a word program my husband found. Here is a photo:
I plan to write at least a little everyday!
It is almost time for National Novel Writing Month! Are you stocked up on your favorite drink, chocolate/candy, frozen dinners, etc? Click here to be my buddy.
I’m still finishing my outline with color index cards, working on my young adult novel, Time Control: Deception for the second year with my husband Jim. We have changed the entire first section of the book, and lost quite a bit of words. But the tale will read so much better now.
Hopefully we will write future epic tales in the next thirty days…
Life is ever changing. Just when you think you have things under control, and are making progress to improve your life, life throws you a new curve ball.
Last Wednesday morning a sharp pain hit me as I got up, and noticed a large raised area on my lower back with about one hundred dots. It seemed like an odd rash.
By Friday morning, this ‘rash’ had spread around my waist, stomach and left leg. When I showed my doctor, who was off that afternoon, she said, “You have Shingles.”
“No!” I yelped like a young child. One of my good friends has outbreaks of Shingles during times of stress, so I knew this would not be a one time event. I also wondered if I caught this from her when we spent time together last week. But no, she didn’t have a current outbreak.
So, my friends, if you’ve had chicken pox as a child, you may want to receive the vaccination. Trust me when I say (write) that this is PAINFUL. At least my spots are healing though, so that’s something I am grateful for.
These curve balls that life throws at me have made me stronger, and I’m ready for the next one. At least I hope I am. :) Are you ready for whatever life throws your way?
I have been tagged by my friend Christine Scott to answer ten questions about my WIP (work in progress). Here is the link to her blog, Marathon Writer, so you can check out her next big thing. Her WIP is very interesting.
Question #1: What is the working title for your book?
Time Control: Deception
Question #2: Where did the idea come from?
A combination of things; watching Star Trek, interest in time travel, etc. The first book was actually going to be about a president of the United States, but decided to write it as the second book.
Question #3: What genre does your book fall under?
YA science fiction
Question #4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
I’d have to look that up. I don’t know enough about teenage actors to pick yet.
Question #5: What is the one-sentence synopsis for your book?
Sixteen-year-old Rachel Foster meets a time traveler from the future who requests her help in saving billions of people lives in the year 2080.
Question #6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Not sure yet. I want to finish working on the manuscript before delving into it.
Question #7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m not finished yet. My husband and I started it three years ago and we changed it last year when we thought of a better way to begin the story.
Question #8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The closest one I know about Lisa Mangum’s Hour Glass Door series.
Question #9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I read the Twilight Saga in 2008 after years of not reading (fiction) and realized that reading fiction was the best remedy for stress to me. The idea to write one came to me on Mother’s Day in 2009.
Question #10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
We use a time machine that resembles a touch screen cell phone. And the subtitle is Deception.