Monday, October 30, 2006

Another year...

It's my birthday, today! Well, it will be for about another hour. ;) Had a wonderful day with some very special, heartfelt gifts and a card from my dh that had me laughing. It was perfect! The day was great...even the weather shaped up for me. (GGG)

So, where has this past year taken me? It's amazing how much and how little one's life can change over the course of time. Here I am, one book coming out in print later this coming month...another to be published early next year; yet another coming out some time later in the year. Maybe more? Right now, I can't tell. But I do see a very busy future -- both professionally and personally. My children are all healthy and happy...well, as happy as teenagers can be. ;) My dh is doing well. Everyone is just busy.

Busy is good. It keeps us focused; keeps us from getting bored or getting into trouble. ;) But I also love the quiet moments; the down times when I can step back, take a breath and relax. Which is exactly what I did this weekend. My dh had to work so I got to watch television. My choice! Yay! Two chick flicks; Closed Case; Without a Trace; and Supernatural. Not things I get to watch very often anymore. I'm usually busy on the computer -- writing, promoting, chatting. Or someone else has control of the remote. Or I'm at some event or other. But this weekend was mine!

Yeah, I could get spoiled by this. But then again, just sitting in front of the television would get old after a while. I need this computer...the interaction with friends. I especially need to read a good book now and then. Not to mention finish writing one. (GGG)

Have a great week!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Wow! Party, party, party....

What a party! When Mandy and Michelle throw a bash, you better batten down the hatches! I haven't seen that many posts in one place in a long time.

Congrats to all the winners...and if you didn't get a chance to jump into the fun, join the group and read the great excerpts now posted in the Database. You're sure to find something you like. :)

Now I'm off to a totally different kind of party. A 'Trunk-or-Treat' sponsored by our church. We park in the parkinglot and the kids, dressed in costumes, naturally, will go from car to car and collect their treats. Then they'll play games inside with the added bonus of prizes and other treats. Should be fun for all....until the kids all crash from the sugar high. LOL!

Monday, October 16, 2006

How much more can a girl take?

What I want to know is who was the first woman to 'want it all'? You know, career, home, marriage, etc?

Not that I'm knocking it -- no sir, not me. But these past few weeks I've kind of looked at those Donna Reed images and wondered...what was so bad about all that?

Cooking, cleaning, shopping...well, except for the cleaning part, I can handle that. But here I am -- wife, mother, home maker; home schooler (yes, I know, my choice); published writer. Trying to get it all done, get the kids where they need to be; keep the house respectably clean; feed them now and then... AAAAAGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!

When do I find time to write? How do I get this bloody story DONE and wonderfully "perfect" before I send it out the door?????

Hell if I know. But then I look back at old Donna and realize... she was a figment of the imagination. I'm not sure that kind of life ever existed and, frankly, if it did, it probably wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Maybe my life isn't, either, somedays. But at least I do have a choice.

Hey, I like my life. I love my children and my dh. I'm happy with our home and that I have the opportunity to teach my children: because that's what I WANT to do. Um, most days. ;)

Most of all, I am really, really blessed to have my dream realized and to have become a published author.

How much more can I take? Huh. I guess the answer is: "One day at a time."

Have a great week!