2013 was a wonderful year! After much work and effort, ‘Solomon’s Choice’ went ‘live’ on Oct. 8 and has garnered a number of favorable reviews and has two sequels in the works. We did a fair amount of traveling-Hawaii in February to see our son and daughter in law and trips to Tennessee in March and August to see our other son and his family. On Sept. 2 a new grandson arrived in Honolulu and of course we had to go back to Hawaii and meet him! Our other two grandsons in Tennessee are thriving, mixing the occasional acting or modeling jobs or dancing performance with the busy lives of a second grader and kindergardener. I learned to play the ukulele and got better on the mountain dulcimer. Our adult children are doing well and we had much to be happy about, and a part of me hates to see a year like that go!
But at the same time I am very much looking forward to 2014. I have places I want to go, starting with a short trip to Florida on January 2. I have things I want to do, starting with learning to play the hammered dulcimer now sitting in my living room. I have stories in the works that need to be finished and more stories in my head that are crying out to be written. I have blogs I want to write and readers I want to meet, all of which requires a new year in which to do them! So come on, 2014-I am so ready for you!
Last Friday night my dulcimer band and I were sitting outside in the freezing cold playing for a Main Street Christmas festival in Boerne, Texas. As we coped with howling wind, numb fingers, and instruments out of tune because of the cold, a part of me was joyfully making music, a bigger part of me was thinking we were every kind of fool for playing outside in sub-freezing weather, and a small part of me was wondering how to incorporate this life experience into a book someday-how to use this fun-but-miserable evening in the telling of a story.
I do that a lot. It doesn’t seem to matter where I am or what I’m doing, I’m constantly wondering, at least on a subconscious level, ‘Would this be good in a story?” I guess it’s the lot of a writer to view life through a story-telling lens, because in my experience the best stories do come from life. We writers are notoriously frequent travelers, because it’s hard to write about a place we have never seen. We are also apt to jump in and try things we might like to write about. (For the book I am currently writing, I went into a soap maker’s kitchen and learned to make soap-not something I would have done ever done otherwise.) And we are not shy about talking, talking, talking to anyone and everyone around us, because we never know who or what will spark that next wonderful idea for a story.
Welcome, friends and readers. ‘Solomon’s Choice’ is finally ‘live’ and my new website is up and running! It is so good to have another book on the market after so many years. My thanks to my agent Tina Tsallas and the wonderful team at Boroughs Publishing (Jill Limber and Chris Kesslar in particular) for all their hard work in making this come to pass. Please write-I love to hear from my readers. Will be posting another message soon!