Sunday, October 20, 2019

It's a Dreary Sunday: Day 7

Morning pages were done with distractions today. Not a good omen. Especially since I woke up tired to rain. According to the news last night the rain had moved out. Funny rained all night and part of this morning. 

While I have some of the books off the shelves, I still have more to go. They will be done by bed time. Tomorrow is laundry day and I will be doing dishes. In the afternoon I'm planning a trip to Somerset.

The only thing I can say about today is that is did not go as planned. I overslept so on church this morning. Makes my day off. Ugh.

I have enough to do to keep me busy today. One thing I should do is wander out and get the mail. I didn't do that yesterday. If the front porch is dry enough I will get some more kitchen drawers sprayed with peppermint. I'll get the ones done lined with new paper. 

I also have two stories to finish. Maybe I'll put them on the top of my to do list today. 

Happy writing!!!


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Good Evening Day 6

While this is not my view I thought I'd share it just for the beauty. My morning pages were done this morning, but I have been taking care of household business and am just now posting.

My furniture has been moved. Four of my kitchen drawers have been cleaned and now smell like peppermint. Tomorrow after church I will get the rest of them. They will also get new lining. 

I am feeling much better than yesterday. Which is a huge improvement. No blood sugar issues or leg cramps in the night. 

I did however have to break down and turn the heat on. I will not sit in my home in jeans and a sweatshirt and freeze. I love the new furnace. It is quiet. 

Hopefully you are doing morning pages and they are helping. Someday you may find a story hidden in them. Writing can be cathartic. Write what bothers you. Get it out of your system and move on. You don't need to go back and read it again. It's done. 

Happy writing.


Friday, October 18, 2019

Good Morning Day 5

I have my  cup of tea and am ready to start my day.  My Morning Pages are written and I feel my day has direction.

I have several mundane projects for today. You know laundry, dishes, rearranging some furniture and taking books off my bookshelves.

Why would I take books off the bookshelves? They need to be repaired and that will be done on Monday,  I need to get the books off them. Then I will finish the two Christmas presents and work on the last two books for this year and get them ready to submit.

I had planned an Artist Date for today to do some research for a flash fiction piece I'm writing for a contest for Kentucky Monthly Magazine. However, I had a rough night between leg cramps and severely low blood sugars. My day has started later than normal and I feel as though I've been run over by a truck...a big truck.

Don't let anyone tell you diabetes is fun. Those numbers determine whether or not you live or die. Anything below 75 puts you in the danger zone. Mine was at 42. So I started eating sugar tablets I always have on hand. It took close to half a bottle (there are 50 in the bottle) and about 35 minutes to get it to 75 when I felt it was safe to go to bed. Besides my leg cramps had subsided. An hour later I was up with leg cramps in the other leg and they were worse. And my sugars were dropping again. Took four more tablets, walked off the cramps, crawled into bed thinking I would read, light by the bed was on and I fell asleep. I slept for 7 hours. When I awoke, my sugars were through the roof high. This kind of stuff plays havoc with your system. I'm thankful it doesn't happen often. While I am not tired, my body says, you are resting today. I do not look sick. I do not have symptoms you can see. It is one of those hidden diseases. It is debilitating at times. It is manageable most of the time. It was not low when I took my nighttime insulin. I should not have had an issue with it. I have not had an episode of low blood sugar like that since I don't know when. I just keep the sugar tabs on hand. 

So, today I will muddle through and see how much I can get done before I just give up. 


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Look Guys, Day 4

Morning pages are supposed to help you with time. You are allowing extra morning time to do them. If you are anything like me, you are not a morning person. So, morning pages are making me get up a bit earlier so I can do them.

Today they were Early Afternoon pages. Don't get me wrong, I was up and out of bed by 8:39am.  I had put everything I needed to take with me to Knitwits last night. I was determined not to forget a thing.  

At the church I dropped off empty medicine bottles for Doctors Without Borders. Then I went up to the library. Talked to the church secretary and her daughter Carolyn (age 2). I left some books I'd had for Bible study when I lived in SC. Good addition to the church library. 

Evelyn showed up first, then Helon. Both were worried about Sherry. Carolyn was off on a trip with her family. That's pretty much the crew. No one mentioned Lina. 

After Knitwits, I stopped a Kroger for some much needed additions to my pantry. All in all a good day.

I wrote my morning pages when I got home. So, even though I'm gettin up earlier, I sometimes don't get my pages written until afternoon. It doesn't mean I'm not productive. It just means life gets in the way. 

Happy writing!!!


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Good Morning

My morning pages were done on time today. The sun is shining and my neighbor is working on his new house. All seems right with the world.

So, today I awake to a telemarketer. I really hate telemarketers. As I am making breakfast I get another call from a telemarketer. I no longer answer numbers I don't know. If you are not in my phone, you will have to leave a message. No sooner do I get my hands in water to wash something I left soaking last night and the phone rings. Oh wait, it has a ringtone I recognize as someone I know.

I quickly dry my hands and answer it. It is a friend who is trying to get a business going, She and I met while taking a coaching class two years ago. She has had more trouble trying to get her website and course on line than I have. She's had some modest success with her books. And we still bounce ideas off each other.  I hung up and started breakfast again. You guessed it. Phone rang. A local number but not a name I recognized. They left a message. I will return the call later.

Finally breakfast done and on to morning pages. The news was on TV, I won't do that again, it is too distracting, but I got two pages written.

Tomorrow I will get up early to do them. I want to go to Knitwits and Lowes afterward. So, Morning Pages need to be done.

Autumn has finally arrived in Kentucky. It is 68 in the house. Will only get to 59 outside. Curtains are open and sun is shining. I am dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt. I'm not turning on heat before October 26th. That will be the day I closed on this house.  I needed heat then.

Since I will be in Columbus, Ohio on Oct, 26th, the heat won't be on before October 28th, When I roll in on October 27th it will be close to midnight and all I will want is to crawl into bed.

Hope your Morning Pages are going well. Drop me a comment if you have questions.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Day 2: When Morning Pages become Afternoon Pages.

I know the idea is to write every morning. Today however I only allowed time to shower and dress before leaving for  a fasting blood draw. The blood draw ending up being a full-blown doctor appointment. Not at all what I was expecting.
My afternoon consisted of getting home, finding breakfast, calling in a prescription, and then going to pick up three prescriptions.  I grabbed $5 salad bar at Ruby Tuesday for lunch, some metatarsal pads to put in my moccasins. If they work, I'll buy some for my other shoes. I also picked up some yarn to make unicorn horns. Don't ask it's a Christmas gift. 

I did sit this afternoon when I got home and set the timer for 30 minutes. I have two full pages written. Mostly a summary of my got the short version. 

So, if you agree to write Morning Pages, do so with the understanding life gets in the ways and it's okay to make them Afternoon or Evening Pages. 


Monday, October 14, 2019

Day 1: Morning Pages

This morning I set my timer for 15 minutes. I wrote long hand in a brand new journal. One I had here. I got 1 1/4 pages written by the time the timer went off. I believe for tomorrow I will write for half an hour.

I wrote whatever random thoughts entered my mind. When the timer went off I finished the sentence I was writing. I wanted to keep writing. I wanted more.

I hope you took the time to write this morning. Get in touch with your deeper thoughts.

Today I have not walked. I did however rescue a box from under the bed in my spare room. It is a box which should have been put in my office. It contained among other things some writing books and resource books. It came out of my office in my house in South Carolina. I have most of it emptied. I will finish it before I go to bed tonight.

Tomorrow my task is to go through the files in my file cabinet in the office and discard anything not needed. I want my office in working order.  I am trying to get my entire house in order. The boxes are driving me nuts.

Hope you found some satisfaction in Morning pages. Adjust the time frequency to best fit your needs. I will require 30 minutes. You may remain at 15.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Journey Begins Tomorrow

I am reading The Sound of Paper, by Julia Cameron. It has to do with writing. No surprise there. Tomorrow I am incorporating Morning Pages. They are three pages of long hand written in the morning about anything and everything. Morning Pages are done to prioritize our day. They put us in the moment, fully. Sometimes we are not all in the moment even when we are there.

Think of them as meditation for hyperactive Westerners. They amplify the still small voice we have and often ignore. We become more often in the right place at the right time. They bring us guidance, resilience and make us farseeing.

The second thing she suggests are Artist Dates. (Take you journal). Once a week plan a solo event. You are going to explore where you live. Go to the library and research points of interest in your community. Then plan one event a week to explore.

Think mystery rather than mastery. Pleasure not duty. Pick something which appeals to your inner explorer. Artist Dates are not frivolous, they are inner exploration and self discovery. Expect to feel some resistance at first. Take one a week.

Living in an area rich in American history, I am going to enjoy this. Maybe the National Cemetery should be first.

Finally, take WALKS. It links your mind to your body. Twenty minutes a day is enough. An extra hour a week is recommended, but go for the 20 minutes...10 out, 10 back. Walking nudges our habitual thinking and builds bridge to higher consciousness. It allows us to come up with solutions rather than thinking of problems.

If you're with me, leave a comment. I will up date you daily.

Saturday, October 12, 2019


Fall has arrived. It went from a high of 82 on Friday to 39 and rain most of the night. It was 44 when I rolled out of bed this morning. High today was 62. I stayed inside.

Friday was the Pulaski Writers Alliance meeting. I read to the group the first chapter of Out of the Flames.  Was asked to teach a writing workshop on Nov. 8th for the group and sold 3 books. Banner day.

Tomorrow I'm getting up to go to church. I'm actually looking forward to it. I've been a bit neglectful this summer.

I'm also working on a piece with a flashback in it for the Writers Ink meeting on October 28th.

Igniting the Souls Conference is right around the corner. I am really looking forward to meeting some of the people I've met on line or in coaching calls.

I'm looking at coaching  NaNoWriMo again in November. $100 gets you 30 days of coaching and cajoling through t kamikaze writing experience. Where everyone is trying to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I too, will be working on something, Probably a novel for 2020.
I was productive today and did empty a box. I found a box with photos and photo frames in it. Now if only I knew where I would put the photos once they are in the frames. I need a wall. Maybe the peak above my reading alcove. They are the graduation photos for my nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.  They need a place of honor.

So, before I ramble on too much, I'll end here.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


It has been a while since this blog has seen any posts. I'm back. I'll bring you up to date. 
On July 2, 2018 this wonderful man, my Dad gained  his wings. It has been an adjustment not having him here. I miss him terribly,

In October, 2018, I found my forever home in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains in Kentucky. I am the next to the last house in the holler. My neighbors are great!!!

This photo was taken the day we pulled the shrubs out in front of the house. They too have been moved.

For my birthday in February, by granddaughter, Megan with the help of her aunt made me a sign I hope to have up soon.

This is truly my Sanctuary.

March 22, 2019 I became a great grandmother. This beautiful little girl gets to call me Granny.

This is Camille

April saw me at two book signings. The first at the Pulaski County Library where they hosted 16 local authors. The second at the Taylor County Library in Perry, Florida. 

My first novel, Secrets, which is in its second edition was nominated for an Author Academy Award. While it did not make the top 10, it was an honor to be nominated.

As a result I was offered the opportunity to join Author Academy Elite. I did. It is an 18 month program to help me improve my writing and make me a better writing coach. I have submitted my book proposal and it has been accepted. I am looking forward to seeing it come out in 2020 along with a writing course.

I have started a Kickstarter fundraiser to help with the cost of tuition, get audio books for Secrets, gain media attention for the relaunch of Secrets, including a local party and global live stream of the party. The link is:
For each copy of Secrets I sell, $1 will be donated to Kentucky Victims of Violent Crimes. 

I am in the process of becoming a writing coach.

Behind the scenes I am getting a new website which will allow you to purchase my books from me. I am launching a Freelance Writing Program, and coaching programs. Watch for this to come soon.

I'm also growing in the community, I have joined a church. I try to spend my Thursday mornings with the Knitwits, a group of ladies who meet in the church library to knit, crochet, and do needlework. I have joined Writers Ink who meet the 4th Monday of each month at the library in London, KY an hour away. I have also joined the Pulaski Writers Alliance who meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays each month at the Pulaski County Library.

I have submitted three of my five books for 2020 to my publisher. The last two should be done and submitted by the end of the month. I am already working on two novels for 2021. The goal is to write 5 books a year for the next five years.

Now you are up-to-date on all my activities. Hope you are continuing on your journeys.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Welcome to the New Year, New Life

I have moved from my home in South Carolina back to Michigan.
It is currently under contract.
Sorry no photo of my current residence.

My new website for my writing coach business has launched. you will find it here:
I am blogging there on writing topics. I'm offering my first 18 week class for 2018. Start Your Novel. Cost of the class is $150 for the whole 18 weeks. There is a companion book for $10.95 available at amazon.

Class is starting  Jan. 30th 8pm EST on your computer. I will teach the class through zoom and follow with a Question/Answer session. Don't miss your chance to sign up. Follow the link on my website to join.

I am back to being live on Facebook, PeriScope, and YouTube you can follow me there. I have not set a schedule yet, but I'm there at least once a day.

I am still settling into the new abode. Moved in with my boyfriend and his youngest daughter. Finding a place for my things has been a task. I now have a sort of office set up in the living room. It helps. I was able to get hanging rods in the hallway for my clothes. Another help. I only have a two step stool for getting into cupboards. I think I need three steps. I cannot reach the top shelf in the cupboards and I need to be able to do so. 

Tomorrow I'm returning Direct TV and AT&T items. Old modems and a DVR to At&T and all the equipment for Direct TV. I have issues with Direct TV not abiding by their own contracts. Someone needs to put them out of business. I agreed to a contract of $64.53 for 12 months with three free months of HBO, Cinemax, etc. After a month of usage they are telling me I will now be paying $72.75/mo. NO, I canceled everything immediately. They informed me if I did I would owe, $480 for early cancellation. I told them NO, they breached their own contract and they could take me to court before I would pay them $480. No, judge is going to rule against me. The final bill from them is $10.36. Funny, I was right. People, know your rights. They had a contract and they broke it. Who was in the wrong? They tried to tell me it was because I didn't have AT&T unlimited wireless. It was never part of the discussion as I have always had Verizon Wireless and I told them that up front. So, since they tape record everything, they have this on tape. I am doing fine with Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. If I want live I go to a website where I can get live. $8.25/mo is working fine for me.

I am networking with women entrepreneurs across the world. We are creating jobs and starting dialog to build our businesses. Lilac Publishing has four authors and is doing well. I am doing well as an author, I'm just starting the coaching business and am hoping it, too will flourish.

Here's hoping 2018 is starting off well for you.


It's a Dreary Sunday: Day 7

Morning pages were done with distractions today. Not a good omen. Especially since I woke up tired to rain. According to the news last ni...