Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday Quote

The Quest

How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.  Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

So you must not be frightened, if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restivenss, like light and cloud-shadows, passes over your hands and over all you do.  You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall....

Ranier Maria Rilke
Letters To A Young Poet

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 4:2

For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween is coming...

When was the last time you enjoyed a fun holiday novella?

I enjoyed writing:
Available on Kindle. Of course, if you prefer paperback, all 4 novellas from 2015 are available through CreateSpace/Amazon:

Friday, October 28, 2016

Favorite Book Friday

I finished the third book by Desert Breeze Publishing author Kandi Jaynes. She's on my must read list. The Widow's Scars is a contemporary romance. Her heroes and heroines are flawed and endearing. Her secondary characters enrich and add depth to her stories. I've downloaded her forth and most recent book, Misfortune's Fortune. I'm looking forward to reading it. She writes stand alone stories.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Musical Thursday

The first time I remember hearing this was watching the old version of Disney's Fantasia. It terrified me. What terrified me more was Ave Maria afterward. I've since learned to enjoy both. Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday Tidbit

While I wait for the final read through of All or Nothing novella #10 of the Holiday, USA series, I started novella #11, no title yet, but here's the beginning, and I mean the very beginning (unedited, of course):

Snow drifted over the colorful sign. Welcome to Holiday
Yes, that's the moon up there.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Quote

Oscar Wilde: “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 4:1

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday Links

Patricia Johns shares a sweetly romantic post on The Craftie Ladies of Love blog:

Coach Muller shared "The Power of Laughter" on his blog Good Time Stories:

God bless.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Favorite Book Friday

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell is the first military autobiography I ever read. It's heart wrenching and powerful and changed my life. It isn't neat and tidy. The language is real to a military warrior. I wept and found a kindred spirit in the courage to survive. An abuse survivor has to dig deep to keep going, to not give up, to not grow bitter and lose hope. A lot of days are a matter of drawing a line and dragging yourself across and drawing another line. I wouldn't recommend the book to everyone as some are truly too empathetic. I'm grateful to the warriors who stand where they are called to stand and fight for liberty. I'm grateful to families who raise honorable sons and daughters who choose to serve their country.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Musical Thursday

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J. S. Bach needs to be heard as an organ piece.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday Tidbit

Working on edits for All or Nothing, novella 10 in the Holiday, USA series.

"Afternoon, Pastor Ken," replied a masculine voice, smooth and delicious as hot fudge. One Angela hadn't believed she'd hear anytime soon.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Quote

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. ~ Neil Gaiman

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 3:35

The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday Links

Having recently faced a deadline, I thought this post, by Jean Fischer, good advice:

Patricia Johns' post spoke to my writer's heart:

God bless.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Favorite Book Friday

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. I've read the book, and PBS broadcasted the presentation. Amazing.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Musical Thursday

My sister invited me to attend the symphony with her. The theme was "Halloween at Hogwarts." Pieces from Harry Potter were interspersed with classical pieces. Over the next weeks, I'll be sharing some of the latter. Hall of the Mountain King (Peer Gynt) by Edvard Grieg

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday Tidbit

The last three sentences I worked on in All or Nothing, novella #10 in the Holiday, USA series:

--> Her one-year anniversary and what did she have to show for it? Joy and peace in doing her job well and helping others. Some wonderful and amazing things had happened.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Quote

"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself." ~ Coco Chanel

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 3:27

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Thank you, Donna Keevers Driver

Donna applied her creativity and talent to one of my quotes from Errant Knight, Book 3 in the Endless Knights series. The picture is hers, and the words are mine.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Favorite Book Friday

On Favorite Book Fridays, I share some of my old favorites and books I've recently read that I liked well enough to add the author to my Must Read list.

Angel Beneath My Wheels by K.S. Moore doesn't write the typical sweetness and nice Christian romance. The author takes you beyond the bedroom door but not with a lot of details. It didn't bother me. A reviewer complained about the hero thinking about bedding the heroine so much. Ummm... he's a guy, who's really into her. Needless to say, I didn't agree with the review and wanted to give my own perspective. I didn't like either the hero or heroine, until I watched them change and mature. I loved them both. By the end, my only complaint is that it's the only book by this author. I hope she puts another book out soon.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Musical Thursday

Danny Gokey is a Christian music artist and another one of my favorites. Some music grabs me by the throat and reaches straight to my heart. This is a link to the story behind it and the song "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again."

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tuesday Tidbit

All or Nothing novella #10 in the Holiday, USA series (unedited):

Holiday Sweets sold the last cupcake at noon, but people still dropped in. The only products remaining were consolation cookies. No doubt those would be sold out by the time the store closed at two.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday Quote

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well. ~ Robert Lewis Stevenson

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 3:25-26

Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Saturday Links

Ginger Kolbaba is part of the Old Fashioned team. She interviews Dawna Hetzler. I've added the latter's book to my Wish List.

Over on her blog, Donna Hatch shared  "5 Fun Facts About Regency England":

God bless.