Update…

“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.”

~Trenton Lee Stewart

I write to you sitting in my son’s room in Georgia today.  We have both relocated to good old south Georgia…about 5 minutes away from the Florida border.  I never thought that I would be comfortable here again..but I am.  You see, I was born in a big city, then I had moved to the seven cities in Virginia – and I had determined a long while ago that I am not a little town kinda girl…however, neither am I someone who could dwell in the city that never sleeps (new York – believe me, I tried, and warm milk before bedtime got real old really quick!)  But I diverse – the point I was making was that I am not a small town girl who likes to drive 45 minutes to an hour to get to a city to roam, or even just to get a Tropical Smoothie (because face it, down here, there really is no such thing as a winter…the lowest it gets is in the low 60s during the day).

I however, have not been writing much of late.  Between packing boxes to send to Georgia, getting my son airplane ready and such – there has been no time.  Both of us are still suffering from jet lag…or really the time changes.  We just had 2 hours taken away and my son wants to know where it went!  I am looking forward to a full nights sleep sometime soon.  Once I get back into the swing of things again, I will continue my writing as well as my blogging. My hand itches to pick up my pen and paper and learn what my characters will reveal to me once again…I miss my four main characters no matter how quirky they are.  I will also be starting another short story soon, one which is due by the 15th of this month, so I look forward to see what my mind puts together for this creative piece!

Now I leave you, in hopes that my update has been well recieved. Once again, sorry for the lack of blogging on my part…I have missed hearing from my friends around the world 🙂

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Research…and Imagination

Dublin By Night

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”

~Samuel Johnson

It’s amazing what you can find in the pages of history once you take the time to look. I have never really taken the time until I, in a most determined way, decided to finish my book, and now it seems as if I cannot stop researching.

Like my reason for writing, this is an outlet so I can experience these countries in a tangent way. I am walking down the alleyways of Dublin and Cairo. I am finding the most wonderful places to eat, hotels to stay in, and to go for a cup of tea. Truly, it is the most rewarding experience – and I hope to use this knowledge when I actually travel to these places!! Maybe take the same route that my characters are while on their  journey from  Dublin to Cairo.

IEnglish: The Citadel and tombs in Cairo, Egypt...t’s a wonderful and most rewarding feeling to be able to create a work that, hopefully, balances the imaginative process as well as the descriptive process. I want my readers to be able to see where they are, but also put their own twist on things. Someone who sees Cairo or Dublin for the first time, will see things much more differently than those who have visited there before, or even, live there. Who will you run into when you sit in a cafe in Dublin? What mysteries will you find in the crypts in Cairo? Let your imagination free, it just might surprise you!!

Visions of Grandeur…

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

~Michelangelo

Let’s face it, all of us at some time have had grandiose visions of what our lives ‘should’ be like. From the child who dreams of becoming an actor/actress, singer, dancer, or racecar driver – to the adolescent who dreams of owning and driving the Ferrari, Viper, R8, Lotus and of course having an unlimited amount of funds – to the adult who still dreams of the exotic cars, an office in the sky with a view, or just making sure they have all they need for their family.

Some of us achieve it right away, others take a little bit longer but they eventually get there, then there are the few that just don’t make it. Now, don’t get me wrong, the ones who don’t make it, don’t just simply give up. They just realize that their goals no longer fit their lifestyle, so they adjust them so they will. Take me, for instance. I have always had the goal to publish a book, so I am working on my first novel. However, every once and a while, life gets in the way, and my writing gets put on the back-burner. But when whatever crisis gets taken care of, I pick it right back up. Yes, it takes quite a bit longer in accomplishing my goal, but I know I will get there sometime.

Then of course, I catch myself daydreaming every once in a while about my life long goal of traveling the world. No, it hasn’t changed, even with the birth of my son. In fact, I have decided that whenever I do have the ability to accomplish this goal, my son will be the one to choose where we will go. Where ever he points to on the map, that will be the summer vacation. Someone asked me, “What happens if he points at Antarctica?” And I answered, “There’s bound to be a cruise that passes Antartica, so in a round about way, we will go.”

But my ultimate goal in life is to make sure that I can provide for my son. All those other things are just extra…even my writing. One day, I want to be able to make sure he gets that excellent education so one day he can provide for a family of his own. But for now…I take it day by day, my visions of writing, traveling, and providing keeping me company and pushing me on…