Thursday, December 6, 2007
But there's no time to rest on my laurels. I got the go ahead from my editor on the plan for my revisions of Distant Hearts and I'm back to work. When my eyes need a rest from the computer screen, I take a break and enjoy the decorations. I still have cards to send and gifts to buy, but I'm confident it'll all get done. It always does. :-)
Amid all the hustle and bustle, I'll take time not only to prepare my house, but also my heart for Jesus. I'll ponder the mystery of God coming to earth, pure and holy, born to save us from our sins. What a gift! No credit card needed. No long lines. No returns. All we have to do is accept Him.
God bless you this Christmas!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I hope your day is special. Happy Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The title of my first book, Courting Miss Adelaide, was my editor's idea and I love it's historical feel. I'm pondering title possibilities for this book. Maybe readers will give me some help when I put up the first chapter on my Web site. But whatever it will be called, I'm truly grateful Mary and Luke's story will find its way to bookstore shelves.
If you're a writer, I'm posting tomorrow on the Seekerville Blog. If you have a minute, come join us at Seekerville.blogspot.com
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Last night, fortified with chili and cornbread, we carved pumpkins at our daughter's. Actually the grand kids used this nifty serrated gizmo to trace patterns of a goofy smiley face and a friendly bat that soon emerged under their nimble fingers. We all dig through the slimy pulp, searching for seeds. They'll be washed and dried and roasted. But, that's for another day. As soon as dark falls, we lit the Jack 'O Lanterns. I smile. Who cannot? I'm a kid again. :-)
On the ride home, the moon is full, so beautiful I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for God's creation. Content, reliving memories, wondering where the time has gone. I think of my father, the ultimate pumpkin carver who never needed a pattern. My eyes grow moist. I'm a bit sad, but full of hope for the future. God is in Heaven. All is well with world.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
And then I'll get back to book three that very same day. Poor Fannie and Luke surely must miss me. Since they can't take a step or speak a word without my permission. Oh, the power of a writer. ;-)
Besides finishing my revisions, I have other news. A group of very special writer friends and I have started a new blog. About half of us are published and the other half are very close. When we started chatting none of us had sold. We'll have lots to say about contests and the part they played in helping us reach our goal, along with whatever else is on our minds. If you're a writer looking for information on contests or a reader who enjoys hearing about the ups and downs of fifteen writers' journeys, then stop in at Seekerville.blogspot.com.
Another fun spot to visit later this month is Steeple Hill's Harvest Festival on the Steeple Hill boards October 22-26 where you can chat with wonderful authors, play games, and win great prizes. Go to eharlequin.com Community.
Hope to see you on both sites!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Janet, I know your historical romance, Courting Miss Adelaide, releases next year around September, right? Isn’t that a scrumptious title? I can’t wait to read it.
I got my hot little hands on an Advance Reader Copy of The Briton by Catherine Palmer, which is the launch book for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical line. I only read a few pages, but it’s totally awesome.
I have also started reading Just Jane by Nancy Moser, a novel of Jane Austen’s life. So cool! I love Jane Austen. I reread Persuasion every few months.
I think it was Jane Austen who got me hooked on Regency romances. One of my favorite things to do is to go to Salvation Army or Goodwill and browse their books section. I’ve found tons of old Regency romances—Signet, Fawcett, Zebra. All the “sweet” imprints that died a slow, painful death as the sexier historical romances grew more popular. Those sweet Regencies are so satisfying to me. Romance and elegance, all rolled in one!
I like Biblical fiction, too. I really enjoyed Dark Hour by Ginger Garrett. She brought the ancient Israel culture alive for me. So did Randy Ingermanson in Premonition and Retribution.
And did I mention I love PIRATES??? I just finished The Restitution by M.L. Tyndall. That redeemed-bad-boy-hero is swoonworthy!
Aaah, I could talk about historical romances all day. Thanks for letting me indulge here on your blog, Janet!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
We drove to Dallas so I had lots of hours to work on the revisions of my second book. I'm home now, putting the changes suggested by my editor into my computer--rewriting, revising, working to make this book the best it can be. I'm expecting to need another week to get these finished and back in. Two at the most.
The pictures are from the conference.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Lazy Day Overnight Lasagna
Brown meat and drain fat:
1 lb. mild Italian sausage
1 lb. ground beef
Add to meat and simmer 15 minutes:
32 oz Prego spaghetti sauce. The jar is bigger so I add more.
1 cup water
Combine in bowl:
15 oz. ricotta cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives. I skip.
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
In ungreased 9x13 pan layer:
1 1/2 cup meat sauce
1/2 of 8 oz. uncooked lasagna noodles
1/2 ricotta mixture
1/2 of 16 0z. mozzarella grated cheese
Repeat each layer.
Top with remaining meat sauce.
Sprinkle with Parmesan to cover.
Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 50-60 minutes. Cover and let stand 15 minutes before serving.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
To get to know James and Fannie, I'm spending time with them. You could say they've moved into my house. I'm meeting their families, discovering their dreams and fears, figuring out how they react, how they think. They're young. They have some growing up to do. And they will. I'll see to that. :-)
My job is to bring James and Fannie to life on the page so readers will care about them. I'll use conflict and crisis, dialogue and action to reveal their faith, stretch them and produce a fast-paced, entertaining read. Or so I hope. The process takes me awhile. My goal is four decent pages a day, twenty pages a week. With time off in December and for a writers' conference, I should type The End and have revisions done by the last of January.
Besides writing a new book, I'll be involved with the finishing touches on my debut novel to be released in September 2008. I can't wait to get the new title, to see the cover once the Art Department is finished. It promises to be an exciting year!
Whenever you can, stop back and see how my books and I are doing. If you have questions, ask. It'll be fun to share the process with you.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Swimmers and boaters take turns to enter the caves dotting the water's edge near the Faraglioni Rock.
Hope you enjoyed this mini-photo tour of Italy. I enjoyed sharing the memories.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Next is Capri and Sorrento, one of our favorite spots.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Legend has it that St. Francis talked to a wolf that was killing people and got the wolf to leave. Today Assisi attracts religious groups of all kinds. Old buildings hold convents and monks wear brown robes tied with a three-knotted rope. One knot each for obedience, poverty and chastity.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Our guide complained of high prices, which doubled, even tripled, when the Euro replaced the Lira, and of high taxes. Because of this high cost of living, both parents often work. The extended family helps care for the children. Tuscany and Northern Italy are the richest regions. Sicily is a poor area. The average salary after taxes in Italy is $1200 a month. Medical care for families earning $15,000. or less is free. Surgeries, emergencies, and chronic conditions are free. That explains one reason for high taxes. Italy is tough on drunk drivers. Police spot check drivers on Friday and Saturday nights. Driving under the influence means the loss of license.
On a lighter note, Italian men marry late. They love their mother's cooking so stay at home putting off marriage. Population growth is zero, but the country's immigrants have lots of children. Italians are less patriotic to their country--founded in 1865--than to their particular region or Parish. Italians don't like rules and look for ways to get around them. But do abide by smoking ordinances. I was dismayed by the enormous amount of graffiti we saw in Rome and Florence, marring these beautiful cities. The cobblestone streets are narrow and crowded with small cars. Parking is haphazard. Motocyclists zoom in and out of traffic. I didn't envy our bus driver's job.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Venice is built on a Lagoon. Wooden posts were driven into the marsh and over the ages the wood petrified to stone. Flooding depends on the tides. Lots of leaning towers in Venice.
To control frequent fires from the hot ovens of the glass blowers, Venetian glass factories were sent to the nearby Island of Moreno.
The quality of this picture is terrible, but the glass blower is working on a Moreno vase. Glass blowing is a dying art. Venetian glass is made of minerals and is hard, with no lead. Beautiful.
Tomorrow onto Assisi, one of my favorite spots.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
My husband and I toss imaginary coins into Trevi Fountain. We're too cheap to throw costly Euros. The kids aren't ours. Wish I knew how to crop photos.
Monday, June 4, 2007
My husband and I are taking a trip to Italy. I'm angsting over which clothes will fit in the suitcase without tipping the fifty pound limit. And how few shoes I will be able to take. And what liquids are permitted in my carry on. I'm a nervous flier whose never flown over the ocean, nor taken such a long flight so I'm saying my prayers and trying to ignore that part of the trip. Wish I could remember who said it, but somewhere I read: Courage--Fear that's said its prayers. Isn't that so true? Life has its scary moments. Sadly some are not "what ifs," but "what is." In the little and the big things we must cope with, aren't we thankful as believers to have the ear of God? To know He's with us through it all? That The End of our journey will be an eternal, happy one?
Until next time, God bless.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007