Thursday, October 13, 2016

Signing Off Till Further Notice

Dear Blog friends,

Well, it has finally come to this. I've let life take over and it is time to give my writing a more serious look. 

The challenges before me: Continue the submission process of my completed novel and finish (or scrap) the projects I've started. 

"Looking for Balance"
My "perfect more balanced world" (blending all I hold dear) would be to return with news this spring. I might do a book review or visit your blogs every now and then, but must say goodbye for now. I wish you well in your writing and life endeavors, and want to thank all of you for your kind support and friendship. You are the best of the best!!

Till further notice......Sharon

Friday, September 23, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things: End of Summer Thoughts

Funny how seasonal weather can be invigorating in the beginning and an energy drain in the end. I love the advent of the seasons, don't you? It's a wonderful time to reflect on the next leg of our journey.

Vince and I have one final job before completing this summer's landscaping project, the installation of colored rock over the new berm. If we finish by Friday, I'll post an image. 

Salmon-colored rock over the berm is coming soon. Whew! What a lot of work shoveling dirt and planting everything. The rock garden in the middle and shrubs next to the house were planted by the previous owner. We did everything else. Slowly the gravel is disappearing....

We also planted two new trees, an Amur Maackia and Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry. 
Amur Maackia - I love this tree. The leaves look tropical.

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry. Off to the right....out future deck!
The Serviceberry can only be described as hopeful. It doesn't look like much sitting alone in the gravel, with most of its leaves gone. I'm told the tree will fill out beautifully in time and pictures online all agree, but for now, it's a version of Charlie Brown's little tree. Remember the one with the single Christmas ornament? That's ours!

The serviceberry is a good reminder that all good things (and endeavors) come in due time if we persist. Kind of where my writing projects are at the moment, but I haven't lost hope. I'm attending the the Rivers of Ink writers' conference next month in Richland, WA. I'm excited to learn more about the field, and in particular, the writing software, Scrivner, one speaker's topic.

We passed the following restaurant while driving to Spokane recently, and decided to stop. We now have a new favorite. Check out the neat sculpture in front.
A great place to eat, Ritzville, WA

Across from the restaurant, just off I-90
Have a nice weekend everyone!!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

The Classics - CLOSING LINES: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith


"Only the margin left to write on now. I love you, I love you, I love you." 

(published 1949)


I love the classics and plan to share more "CLOSING lines" over the coming months. Comment if you wish, or read for inspiration. Writing styles were different then, or were they really?