Monday, August 30, 2010

I Did Not Fall Off The Face Of The Earth

It has been a while, but I'm still alive and kicking. Since my daughter's surgery, I've been going back and forth to her house in Nashville. I"m leaving later today for a couple of nights. Her husband will be home by then and she will get the stitches out of her leg. She should be able to get around more by then. It will be a while before she can put pressure on that leg. Since it's her left leg, she will be able to drive.

The surgery has taken so much out of both of us. Last week, we slept most of the day. I took her to work a couple of days for the mornings. When we got back to her house, we flopped out and slept. We are both on pain pills, so we would have to synchronize our pill taking. We could not both be zonked at the same time.

Needless to say, I have done very little writing. I have kept up on Face Book and emails. That has been about all I did, except eat the delicious food everyone brought in. I've gained weight and I didn't want to, but the Key Lime Pie was too good to turn down.

After Thursday I should be back in the groove. We'll be here for the week-end and we're planning a picnic at one of the many picnic areas at Land Between the Lakes. It is so pretty. We drove around the area yesterday and my husband showed me where he fished. I got a couple of pictures of deer and really enjoyed to afternoon.

There are a few more things I need to do here and then load up again and head down I 24. Hope everyone has a wonderful week and enjoy Labor Day.

Friday, August 20, 2010


I love Friday's. It means Saturday is next and then Sunday. I love Sunday because I get to meet with my church family and worship God. It is the best day of the week.

It is a mystery to me how people can go week in and week out and never think about God and all the blessings He has given us. I can't even begin to count all the things He has done for me. There are so many.

My writing falls in that category. Since I began writing, I have met so many wonderful, helpful people. So many published and unpublished writers have taken me under their wing and helped me along the process. Yes, there is a process. I feel blessed each time I think about them.

My synopsis, first, middle and last chapters are with an editor. She will give me a price in a few days and I will see if I can afford her. Right now I am reminded of a song a cousin of mine wrote. It was recorded and did pretty well on the charts, "If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets, He'd Have A Ball In Mine." That's about how I feel sometimes. Yes, it can be expensive to write. That is one reason why I want to be published, to pay back my husband all the money I have borrowed from him and our budget.

The urge I have to write is very strong. There is so much injustice in this world and there has been for years. I write for the under dog. The person who is downtrodden because of his place in the universe. The people who are not understood by most. I want to show that prejudice is not something we all have. I want to show we can love all people as themselves, not what they look like.

If I can make a small contribution to someone's life, I am blessed. I want to see more smiles. I love to see the Lord living in all of us. He has been so good to me and I pray that my writing is a sweet fragrance to Him.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Crimson Cipher

The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis is absolutely the best book I have read by Susan. I could not put it down! I have always liked Susan's books about the west, but this one is so much better. The research she did makes you feel you are part of this book. I rank this one with Frazier's Island. They are both good military books, but not stuffy military.

Set before World Wat I, it is about the encryptors or ciphers that were used during that time. It is fictional, but some things are mentioned that are real, like the bombing of the Lusitania and the shooting of J. P. Morgan. That made the book more real to me.

Emma Shuster's father is killed and she is left alone. She has helped him with a code to be used by banks and one of his students is building a code machine. Lieutenant John Patterson is with her when she finds her father's body.

Emma moves to Virginia and works for the government de-coding messages from the German's. I did not realize there were so many ways to write a message in code and that was interesting. I also did not realize the German's came so close to the US before the war by sabotaging factories an ships.

The German's continue to try to find Emma and the machine. There is so much suspense and yes, another murder. I'll leave it at that because I don't want to tell the ending of the story and I did not read the last pages first. It is a wonderful book. I give Susan five stars.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Doctor in Petticoats

First, I will bring everyone up to date on my daughter. Her surgery went well and she had a good night, except for pain. She has a pump in her leg that administers a numbing medicine to block the pain, and it ran out of meds in the night. She is taking oral meds and is doing well with them. She has about ten pins in her ankle and leg and then plates on top of that. The inside of her leg and ankle look like a Gladiator Sandal. She is right in style, but the only way you can see it is with the xray.

While I was at my daughter's house, I finished reading Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy. If you are a fan of Mary's books, you know this one is as funny as the rest of them. In fact, I think this is as funny as Petticoat Ranch and The Husband Tree. It may be a wee bit funnier. The story is so good.

Mary draws you into the book with the first sentence and then it's hard to put it down. This book includes the McClellan family we met in Petticoat Ranch and the Tanner/Hardin family in The Husband Tree. With both of these being my favorite, it had to be a winner.

The story opens with Beth McClellan trying to get home for her sister's wedding. There is a stage coach accident and Mandy McClellan gets married without her. From there the story splits and it is about Mandy and her husband Sidney and Beth and a doctor/army deserter Alex. If I say much more, I will divulge the whole story.

My husband started reading it at the hospital yesterday and had to leave the book for my daughter to finish. I couldn't tell him anything coming home. When one of us reads a book the other hasn't read, we won't tell anything that will take away the interest of the story.

If you read Petticoat Ranch and remember the antics of the McClellan girls, you will not be surprised of anything in this book. Mary writes the best hysterical historicals. That should be a whole new genre.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Update on Sick and Hurting

I'm in Nashville right now. I came Thursday and I will go back after my daughter's surgery tomorrow. I may have to come back later, but I will do whatever I am needed to do.

She is not having so good a day today. I think she will be glad when the surgery is over. I know Mama will be glad. We are splitting up duty tomorrow. We, my husband and I, will take her to the hospital at seven to register, etc. Her hubby will take daughter to school and then join us. Then we will be together until she is stable after surgery.

Saturday morning I got up to let the dog out of her pen and put her outside. She waited on me to get up the steps and then stood to wait on me until I got to the back door. I missed the top step and fell on my face and knees. I have a pump-knot on my head and nose, but the dog licked me and patted my hand with her foot. Can it get any sweeter than that? I am sore today and my knees are swollen, but I do not look like a member of the Munster family anymore.

I have plenty to do this week to keep my busy at home. I need to finish my proposal and do a few housecleaning jobs. My main thoughts will be with my daughter. I pray this surgery is successful and her leg heals wonderfully.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Things Don't Happen Like We Want

Yesterday, my plans were to finish reading my novel, but instead I spent the morning on the phone talking to an insurance company.

When my husband worked, he had Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama. When he went on Medicare, he dropped it. That was four years ago. We had BC/BS of Tennessee when we lived in Tennessee. Now, Blue Cross of Tennessee says he was not a member and the doctors have to send all the money back that they paid them. I have proof that he was a member of Tennessee and not Alabama. What is going on? I think someone is a little "tetched in the head" or so my characters in my book would say. When you haven't paid for anything for four years, how can they say you had that insurance? Hopefully, they will get it all straightened out.

Yesterday was also my appointment with the doctor. I will have my left knee replaced on September 20. The doctor gave me a super-dooper pain prescription to help me until then. The pharmacy didn't have it, so I will get it this afternoon.

I was very impressed when the doctor said he would not cut any muscles or ligaments. I will also be able to rotate my knee. One woman showed me her scar and you could barely see it. I'm not vain, so that didn't matter, but it showed me he cared about his patients. He is a very caring doctor and I have been very impressed with him.

I will now have time to get my book all finished and sent to an agent. I hope I don't get anymore calls about insurance today. I need to get this finished.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Surrender the Heart and A Cousin's Prayer

During the last two weeks I have read two very good books. The first one was Surrender the Heart by MaryLu Tyndall.

Most of you know I am a big fan or MaryLu's. Her pirate books are so good and you are in the scenes doing what everyone else is doing. I see myself on the sidelines looking on. That's what a good book should do. Make you part of it.

When I started reading this one, I realized it was not a pirate book, but a book about the War of 1812. I was sucked into the book with the first page and it was hard to put it down. Here is a little about it. Marianne Denton must marry to unlock her inheritance. Noah Brenin needs money for his merchant ships. Their parents decide they must marry each other for the money. They hate each other.

Noah runs out of their engagement party and Marianne follows him. She ends up on the merchant ship when it sails. What a good beginning. It gets better. They come in contact with a British man-of-war and they are impressed. She is left behind when Noah and three other captives escape. That's all I'll tell. You have to read the book to find out the ending.

I have been reading Wanda Brunstetter's books for years. She tells very good Amish stories and her writing is interesting. A Cousin's Prayer was no exception. It is so good and the suspense is always there. I usually read the last page about half way through the book, but I didn't do it this time and I am so glad I didn't.

This is the second book in the series Indiana Cousins. The first one was also good about what happened when several young Amish couples were involved in a car crash. Katie Miller's boyfriend, Timothy, was killed in the crash and her parents took her to Florida to recuperate. Now she is back for her cousin's wedding.

Katie has panic attacks and one of the Amish young men help her and encourage her. Freeman Bontrager has also had the attacks and he understands, A girl that is interested in him, Eunice Byler does not understand and starts a lot of rumors about Katie. Isn't Jealousy a mean person. Freeman is spending more time with Katie and she stops thinking about Timothy so much.

One point in the book, that stood out to me, was knowing it is all right to have counseling. You can work through depression. This is a very good book and I enjoyed it so much. Wanda is a good writer and a sweet person. I hope you will enjoy her books.

I'm on my way to the doctor this afternoon. My daughter has to have a second opinion on her leg and hopefully the swelling will go down soon and she can get some relief. The break is not good. I saw the x-ray and it looks to be broken several times. Please pray for her.

One other thing, I am reading my book straight through and it is going well. I want to finish it today if I can. I was afraid it would be choppy, but it is not. I'm pleased with what I have read so far.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Reading Callie's Mountain

I know I've said this before, but I am so excited to be reading Callie's Mountain one more time. It's amazing what you forget when you have lost all your notes in moving.

My notes were priceless, but somehow they were packed in a box and misplaced. I have all the names of the characters in the book and descriptions and I've lost them. I have to read the book to make any corrections that I didn't see the first time around, so I will pick up the character info as I go. It is discouraging to have to concentrate on the names and what they look like.

I finished the corrections from Sandi yesterday. I am now ready to read through it, send to a friend to read and then send to another editor. Then the fun begins and I might add, the waiting. I do not wait well.

There are other things to do while I wait, so that will be okay. I need to update my website and do a little research on the next book. Then I am trying to write a quick rough draft of Susannah's Hope. Don't you love that name? Susannah is a character and a half. Very opinionated and a little snob to start with. I love writing about her.

Did I say I was excited about writing? Well, I am and I love to come to the computer each day. I get in my own world, about two hundred years ago and I have so much fun. When you think about how they did their housework then and compare it to now, you appreciate a range instead of a fireplace. We are so blessed and don't know it.

I have a lot to do today, so I must get busy. Have a blessed day.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Yesterday Was A Hot Day

Yesterday was a very hot day here in Kentucky. My thermometer showed 103 degrees. That is hot! The wind blew hot. I don't think I went out at all, but my husband said it felt like his throat was burning. Today we may get some much needed rain. It is very cloudy and not so hot.

I started the corrections and revisions on my novel, Callie's Mountain. I suspect the title will be changed, but I love the name Callie. I hope when it is published, they'll let me keep the name. I have more to do today and I hope I can get it finished, put together and read by the end of the week. I feel like I have accomplished something by finishing the book. So many people get discouraged and never finish their first novel.

I'm going back to the doctor Tuesday and I'm hoping we can set a date for surgery. I'm ready for it and still in a lot of pain.

There's a picture of me on the blog page. I had some made the other evening and I'm very pleased with this one. Let me know what you think. Would any of you like to win a book? Is that something you would be interested in? I have several and I would love to give them away. Some are not new, but they are good reading.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Another This and That

Last night I received the last edit from my friend, Sandi Rog. Sandi has done a fantastic job editing my book. I can't wait to start the corrections today, but other things are in the way this morning.

Another thing I found out a few minutes ago is that my daughter, who is in her forties, broke her leg. She has been at church camp and tried to swing on a rope. I told her she was too old to do that and please act her age. She'll be home tomorrow and will see an orthopedic surgeon. I hope surgery does not have to be done. I can stay with her over the week-end, but I have to be home on Tuesday.

Tuesday I go to see my orthopedic surgeon and hopefully set a time for surgery on my knees. These shots did not help any. I am still in pain and can't sit or stand for very long. This is getting on my nerves. I have had pain for ten years and it has gotten so much worse in the last few months. It is almost unbearable.

My husband is making salsa. I am the inspector. We're going to can this instead of freeze it. Got to get it done before the outside temperature gets to 100 degrees.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Boat and the Sailors

Recently, my husband, Jerry, and his fishing friend, Tommy, decided they needed a fishing boat. They could get out in the lake and find more fish, they told each other. Last week, Tommy found a boat and he and Jerry went to get it.

They brought it by the house to show it off. It is a little (and I mean little) John boat. Why do they call them that? Anyway, I saw on the side of the boat, maximum 255 pounds. Those of you who know Jerry, know he weighs in at around 240 pounds. Tommy does the same. Okay, in my math class, that would be 480 pounds, right?

How do two men each weighing almost the limit weight for the boat, float that boat? It wasn't easy for a while, but with Tommy sitting in the back and Jerry in the middle, it stood the 480 pounds.

Yesterday Tom and Jerry christened the USS Minnow (it's about the size of a minnow) and lived to tell the tale. We had several phone calls last night to see if they rowed the boat ashore. It has been good fun. They are laughing with us.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Laugh At Yourselv

How many of us can laugh at ourself? It's healthy if you can, and you have much more respect for yourself if you can laugh at your own mistakes. In fact, laughing is healthy.

Saturday night we attend the Kentucky Opry where Jeanne Robertson was the star and star she was. Every little thing she told was on her and we all laughed with her. In fact, I laughed until I cried all evening. She is so funny. I also came away with her 7-Up Pound Cake.

Between the warm-up show and her show, she mingled in the audience. I looked over and she had her arm around my husband. Our friends were sitting beside of us and I turned to Lyn and said, "What's that woman doing hugging my husband?" They were laughing and having a good time, but I think it was the highlight of his evening.

She talked about how she was always listening to what people around her said. All writers should be doing that. We get fodder for our books. You can see people that you want to put in your books or hear stories that can be included. I heard about a motorcycle accident and it is in my book. I know, they didn't have motorcycles in 1796, but it could be rearranged to that time period.

I watch people because their actions can be included in a character. I've always been a people watcher. I'm sure people have watched me also, but it's still fun.

The one thing that impressed me about Jeanne Robertson was the way she was available for her fans. She is very humble and talks to everyone. That's a lesson all writers can use. Don't ever be better than your fans and always try to encourage others. Most authors are like that, but there are a few who are not. Most are very encouraging. I think about my friends who are authors. Everyone is down to earth and eager to help. I appreciate that and plan to do the same when I am published.

Laughter is the best medicine. It was proved Saturday night. An hour of laughing did me so much good. I slept like a baby. I will be there when she comes back to the Kentucky Opry.