Don't be afraid to ask?
So my family all knows that I am not afraid to ask for questions or a service. I mean let's look at this for a minute. If you want something; but, you are to afraid to ask you will get nothing. This year has definitely been a year of asking question and asking for help. An example is my books I want to use a couple of hand picked models. Yet one of them is pretty successful and most would shy away from even asking for his services. Not me! I asked and yep you guessed it he will be one of my models!! I don't want to say who it is at the moment that will come in time.The meaning of this post is don't let fear hold you back from asking!! I mean what can they do? They can't take your birthday! All they can say is no.
Meeting Kindred Spirits
Sometimes in life you get the chance to meet individuals that you instantly connect with. Well I had the honor of meeting not one but two women that have really touched my life as a writer. Linda Broday is an author that has published 30+ historical western romance. Over the weekend I had the chance to go to lunch with her. As we started talking about characters in our books. We instantly connect. It was like we had known each forever. She gave me good advice and encouraging words. A couple of years ago I had an opportunity to meet another author Bethany Claire. Bethany has published several Scottish time travel romance books over the years. When I met Bethany it was a time that I wanted to give up on writing. Bethany really encouraged me to keep going with my writing. I hope one day I will be able to pass the encouragement on to another author that is new in the writing world.
So I thought I would let you know a few things about myself.
1. Well most of you know my husband and I have been married 29 years. What you don't know is literally Dwayne and I only knew each 3 months before we got married. We have definitely beat the odds.
2. I'm a believer in Bigfoot. Yep, I said it. It is one of the creepiest feelings when your in the woods alone and you since someone watching.
3. I'm left eye dominant, yet I'm right handed. So I shoot a gun, archery left hand.
4. My great grandmother on my dads side. Her name was Alice she was a performer in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Her act was juggling her brother on her feet.
5. My favorite dinner is a grilled streak with butter & garlic sauteed over it. Yum! Well that's 5 things. If you have a second I would love to hear something about yourself.
The Good Old Days
I think I was born 150 years to late. I have always been attracted to a time when things were simpler. When a hand shake meant seal the deal. When your word was your oath.To a time when families gathered around the table and actually enjoyed each other.
While raising my children I had the privilege of homeschooling them for 5 years. Truly the happiest time of my life.
In our house we call the 1800s "the little house on the prairie". I would do whatever I could to bring those days to life for my kids.
You see I'm a visual storyteller.
For a whole year we did a study on the days of little house in the prairie. From going to the actually log house in Independence Kansas to make jam from black berries it was all hands on. Even saving the bladder from a hog and making a balloon. Yep, we did that!!
One of the sweetest memories I have is when we first moved onto our homestead the kids were so little. We had learned what Laura Ingalls did for entertainment back then in her time. Before there was television, computers and cellphones.
It was something as simple as listening to Pa play his fiddle while the Mary and Laura danced.
So me being the visual storyteller that I am. I had the kids dress up in their pioneer clothes. I grabbed the cassette tape recorder and we all went to the front yard.
Now we live in the country it's at night no streetlights lights basically pitch-black except for the moon light. As Pa was playing his fiddle through the tape recorder my children were all dancing around loving life giggling and having fun as I was sitting there thinking how lucky I am to have this moment with my babies all because Laura wrote a book called Little House on the prairie.
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