Monday, November 23, 2015

Alone, but not..

This is the first year both my little ones are in school, giving me significant hours during the day alone.  A friend of mine recently asked me how I was enjoying the time.  I said I was.  I've been busy working, shopping alone, running, and cleaning and organizing the house.

But the strange thing is the hours I spend in silence.  With no one else in the house, I go hours without talking.  My friend got sad for me, saying she forgot about that aspect of it.

But I interrupted her, and said the strange thing was that I was far from lonely.  The hours I spend with the characters in my books feel like I'm spending time with friends.  I know everything about them now, and love to see the ways their lives are turning out.

So even though I'm alone, I'm really not.

Also, I do know this might sound a little crazy to other people, but I'm sure other writers would agree with me.  Or at least I hope so!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank you...

IT IS THE SOLDIER

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
 by Charles M. Province




Today....every day...we are honored and blessed that brave men and women still stand up and volunteer to keep us safe and free.  Thank you will never be enough.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Night with Nicholas Sparks

It's not every day you get to meet one of your idols.  But a few weeks ago, I got to do just that.

I have been a fan of Nicholas Sparks for years.  I have every single one of his books and have read them all at least twice.  At least. I've sobbed through every movie that's been made from his books.  And he is part of what inspired me to try and be an author myself.

So when the local bookstore was holding a meet and greet to promote his new book See Me, I had to be there.  Thankfully I had gotten my ticket to the event early, because when I got there, there were well over 600 people! 

The copies of our books had been pre-signed, and we were able to pick them up as soon as we got there.  Of course I dove right in while waiting for them to call my number.  Once I was called inside, I waited on a long line to have a professional picture taken. 

I only had a few moments with him, so I didn't tell him he inspired me to be a writer, or that I've read all his books numerous times {I get very nervous around people I admire}. But he did tell me he liked my scarf, so the whole night was a win in my book.

Of course I've finished See Me already.  It's one of his longest books, but the story makes it fly.  The character development is some of the best I think...though fair warning, it is scary!

I absolutely love events like this, and feel so lucky to have gotten to meet my idol!