Turkey Day Thanks…

Thank you!My Orlando family is small and so even with the day off, I am at home writing for a couple of hours before I head off to dinner. My contribution to dinner is some homemade cranberry sauce.  I have never attempted it before, but the recipe was simple enough. It sits in the frig awaiting its debut in three hours.

Simple is the theme of the next year for me.  In this time between Halloween and New Year’s, I like to take the time to evaluate the past year and make resolutions as well as test them out.

Blood Child
Coverart by Steven Warrick

I am going to embrace the K.I.S.S. philosophy and do what I can as I can and not complicate things that don’t need to be made more difficult. As I do that I hope to assume my regular schedule of posting here as well as work on my novel – My Dragon Friday. Blood Child should be coming out sometime in December if all goes right. There are so many things that I have learned from this process and one of those was that I spent way too much time worrying about things that I didn’t need to in an attempt to avoid making mistakes. There is no way to avoid making mistakes in life or in writing.

Thanks to Kickstarter and all of you, my first novella, Blood Child, will be published.

One of my dreams is going to be coming true very soon and it is because of you, dear readers, knowing that I had made a commitment to this blog and to you has helped keep me focused.

Thank you and Happy Turkey Day,


The Days of Gratitude

Some of my friends are posting daily on Facebook what they are most grateful for this year.  Every day this month, they have posted things they are grateful for and each time I have read one of their posts a smile comes across my face. I love them, but haven’t replicated them or create my own this year beyond one vain attempt.

It has been an especially hard November between work,writing, car repairs and doctor appointments.  I haven’t known which way is up for a while now.

We need more gratitude and less attitude in our world. I need more gratitude and less negativity in my life. I have been letting a lot of things get to me. A lot of things that I have no control over which is actually the first think on my personal gratitude list.

1. All the things that are out of my control are reminders that I don’t need to be in control all the time.

2. A neighbor full of friends and colorful people.  The last week or so has been rough on me mentally. I just haven’t had the bounce back that I normally do. My neighbor, Mike, has come to check on me twice. Love across the street reminds me to stay positive and lets me vent when I need to. Joey, our newest neighbor, has been mowing the lawn that we share.  There are also lost of cool characters that inspire characters for my fiction.

3. My parents. I know this one is normally a given, but I lucked out when it came to parental units.  Momma and I went to Ikea the other day and this happened.

Sharky and Drag-Drag chilling in our cart.
Sharky and Drag-Drag chilling in our cart.

The best part is that both stuff animals came home. Momma decided a week or so ago that a friend of mine needed the beagle as a seeing eye dog for the blind giraffe we gave her named Ovid. The dragon was for me because I was having a bad day and he cheered me up.

Ovid the Orphaned Giraffe  on his way to his new home,
Ovid the Orphaned Giraffe on his way to his new home.

4. All four of my jobs. I teach high school during the day, ESOl at night,work at a theme park and read tarot.  While this year has been especially taxing me physically and mental, I am grateful for the work I have.  It is so much better than the alternative. I am able to pay bills on time and am working on getting ahead. Two old bills paid off this month and another one scheduled for next month.

5. Time to breath.  Even though it might not seem like it. I actually do have moments of calm in my day. Each of them is a treasure that I intend to take advantage of more in the coming year.