Summer Ends, Writing Begins Again

Summer is the busiest time of year for me. Its also my favorite season. It passes way too fast. And for me, starting Monday, summer is over.

I was extra busy this summer, so my writing took a bit of a backseat. Due to serious illness and deaths in the family I spent many hours with my family over the summer. In addition, I helped my children out by taking care of my grandkids on a weekly basis. I adore my three grandchildren, and I love spending time with them.

My babysitting will continue year round, but since the two older kids are starting school next week, the schedule will open a little.

So, starting Monday, I’m back on a regular writing schedule.

I haven’t posted about writing at all over the summer. But I’m going to try to focus on blogging more about what I’m writing and books in general, including some book reviews. I’ve been so busy that I barely had time to read a book this summer!

We did get away to the beach in June, and did other fun things, though. Below are some photos.

 

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Steve Miller with Peter Frampton show in Philadelphia

 

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Lewes Beach, Lewes Delaware, my happy place.

 

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A farm in Unionville PA at sunset. We took this while riding my husband’s Harley-Davidson Sportster.

 

I also worked hard on health and fitness goals.

It took a LOT of work, but I am down 18 pounds since Easter. I am shooting for another 5-7 pounds. To help with weight loss, I usually go running or do workouts from videos at home. Below are some photos I took while running this summer.

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White Clay Creek, early summer. Taken in White Clay Creek Preserve. (Pennsylvania)

 

 

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My favorite trail in WCC Preserve.

 

 

Wildflowers next to a cornfield in WCC preserve, Taken in July.

 

 

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The end of the trail for me. Bridge on Chambers Rock Road in White Clay Creek State Park. (Delaware)

 

Finally, I worked in my front garden and my yard. This job never ends.

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A pink dahlia

New backyard fence. My husband put this in.

My hydrangeas bloomed for the first time in 3 years.

A visitor to the front yard flower garden.

Newly planted. The gladiolus are leaving. They are way too much for me!

 

Back to writing…

 

My dystopian series is finding readers, slowly but surely. Unfortunately, my friends keep telling me I scare them, because certain scenes I’ve written seem to be playing out in America. Sort of ripped from the headlines, or else found on You Tube or Periscope videos of violence or cultural destruction.

Sigh. Despite this, I still want people to read my books. They are entertaining as well as creepy.

Please pray for America. We are not as divided as the mainstream news wants us to be, as evidenced by the outpouring of help and support to Texas and other Gulf states in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

 

Many prayers for Texas and America!

Now I’m getting on with other writing projects.

I spent many hours of what free time I had this summer doing research on the American Revolution. My next project is what I hope will become a brand new series of historical romance books for ages 14 and older. The first book, which does not have a title yet, nor even a first chapter, will be set in my area of Southern Chester County, PA, during the Battle of Brandywine.

The main character is a 15 year old girl, living on a farm with her family. That’s all I will say right now, because I don’t want to jinx myself!

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Tomb of a Revolutionary soldier in the graveyard at London Tract Meeting House, Landenberg, PA.

So, back to writing for me! Hope everyone reading this had a lovely summer. 🙂

 

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Welcome Beach Season

 

 

Here’s the latest review for Cadáin’s Watch, from Amazon customer Dawn R. (5 Stars)

I was sorry to see it end.

 

I love simple reviews like this one, that say more than I could hope for in just a few words.

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