A Nostalgic Feeling that lets me know Fall is in the Air

Hello everyone, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I’ve had a crazy busy couple of weeks.

 

Do you ever have those days when you feel nostalgic for a time when you were younger? If you have, it can be a good feeling, bringing back memories you long to relive over and over again.

 

Today is one of those days for me. As a matter of fact, I felt that way last night after choir practice, because we were going over the songs for our Christmas program and this practice session brought back memories of Christmases past. However, today I was thinking back to my school days. Not the time when I was already in the throws of the busy school day schedule, but the time when school started for me. Now my daughter is in school, and sometimes when school starts, I feel like I am the one who is making that two-hour drive to school for my first day. At least that’s the way I felt after she started Pre-k. Today I’m thinking about heading back to school and getting settled into a routine again, meeting up with old friends and making new ones.

This is a sure sign that Fall is in the air for me. Even though Fall hasn’t actually started yet, there is a slight shift in the atmosphere, like Autumn is hanging in the balance. It’s af though the world is waiting for the temperatures to start dropping and each day to start getting a little shorter, until the Winter solstice in December. Even though it’s hot outside and the AC is blowing cool air into my house, I get this laid-back comfortable feeling, where all I want to do is sit back and read a good book. The air feels different, and I can picture the cooler days ahead, where I can sit with the door open and listen to the wind chimes outside on the porch, or sit on the porch in the middle of the day and let the breeze blow through my hair while I sway in the porch swing. This is my favorite time of year, when the temperature is cool, but not too cold, and I can find some good books to read/listen to on either my phone, iPad, or my Echo Dot. This is also a time to write, plan for NaNoWriMo, and start revisions for another book of my own. During the lazy days of summer, I get some writing done, but I don’t do as much as I would when the weather is cooler, and full of inspiration. However, as the seasons change, more ideas come out of the woodwork, so to speak. This is why I am feeling so nostalgic today. I’m ready for the quiet time of year when I can get into my creative zone without all the noise surrounding me.

 

With that being said, I have a question for each of you out there in the blogosphere. What makes you feel nostalgic? Does this feeling signify the start of autumn for you? Here’s a question for you writers out there, do you feel you get more writing done during this time of the year or do you get a lot done no matter what season you’re in? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Happy reading and writing, and God bless.

 

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How Do You Know If You’re Doing This Right?

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Have you ever had one of those days?

You know the one — that sunrise that comes too early; the sunset that seems to take an eternity. Everything you try, you can’t seem to get right. No conversation ends the way you want it to. Even silence and solitude make you feel guilty, not restored.

There’s too much time to think about what you’re supposed to be doing — and whether or not what you’re trying to do is even pushing you in the right direction.

How do you know if this writing thing is even where you belong? If you haven’t “made it” by now, is it too late? Are you doing something wrong? If you are, what does the “right” thing even look like?

How do you know if this hectic life is meant for you?

The problem is … you don’t.

You don’t know if you’re writing…

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CORRECTION! updated ebook link for A Journey of Faith: a Stepping Stones Mystery

Hello everybody,

For those of you who wish to purchase A Journey of Faith, I wanted to let you know that I am republishing it with the help of a friend of mine who specializes in formatting books to be self-published. It is now available in the Amazon kindle store once again, and I will give you the updated link at the end of this post.

Please note if you’ve looked at my meet the author page, you may find amazon links that don’t necessarily work. However, due to the fact that I am visually impaired I have difficulty changing the links on my page. Therefore, I will give you the correct links to my book(s) in individual blog posts, so you can purchase and enjoy them for yourselves.

Happy reading and God bless you all. The Kindle link for A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery is as follows:

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What Does ‘Hard Work’ Actually Look Like?

Thanks for the encouragement! I really needed to hear that after a rough week of freelance work.

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We hear a lot about success depending on how “hard” we’re willing to work.

But what does it actually mean to work “hard”?

It certainly can’t mean pushing yourself to the point of burnout and despair simply to achieve the results you want. No creator has ever come back from burnout not regretting their previous choices.

So if hard work doesn’t look like the stereotypical movie montage of a writer pulling four consecutive all-nighters to meet a deadline or make time for pursuing their “dream,” what does it really look like?

Maybe, from the outside, it just looks like every other job.

Working hard doesn’t always “look” hard.

Today, if you tell someone you get eight full hours of sleep every night, have time to rewatch all nine seasons of The Office on Netflix (again), and find time to make healthy meals and exercise most days of the week, you…

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4 Random Skills That Are Surprisingly Useful for Aspiring Writers

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Writers don’t actually have to spend all their time writing to increase their chances of “making it.”

Yes, you do have to write if you want to be a writer. Other things matter too, though. Like being able to solve problems, understand how people feel and think, and learning how to improve at something slowly over time.

You might not think the following skills have anything to do with writing. In a way, you’re wrong.

1. Gaming

For many people, games are fun — even if they’re terrible at playing them (not that I know this from experience …). Some games might actually help you get better at problem-solving though, which is an essential skill for writers. Bloggers, for example, do well when they present a problem followed by an ideal solution for their audiences.

No, you shouldn’t spend all of your writing time playing video games to try improving…

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