Tag Archives: Southern Drama

I RECOMMEND

   

 Recently our son gave us a book “A Land Remembered” by Patrick Smith.  I know he has excellent taste in books so I was eager to read it.  Well let me tell you he was right on the money again with this novel.

     In “A Land Remembered” Patrick Smith makes the history of Florida come alive.  He shows the story so well that you are there experiencing the cattle drives and the hard times and good with the MacIvey family.  It grabs you in the first couple of pages and keeps its grip to the end.  Wow, what a story-teller.  Once you read this novel you will look at Florida with a different perspective as you drive through the state.  While I think it is well written and a great novel I believe that every Floridian should read it.  I hear that some schools in the state have included a revised edition in their required reading list.

     I usually don’t read anything historical or any where close to it but I tell you when you read “A Land Remembered” you don’t feel like you are reading history.

     Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, get the book even if you check it out of your local library.  I know you won’t be sorry.  If you have any novels you fell in love with and would like to recommend I read please feel free to tell me in a comment.

God Bless.

INTO THE FREE (novel review)

    

I’ve recently read “Into the Free” a novel by Julie Cantrell.  I highly recommend this book.  It is a great read.  Cantrell holds your interest from the first page up to the last word.  It is a Southern Drama about a young girl’s struggles with life.

     Thanks for stopping by.  This is just my thoughts this morning. We expecting  thunder storms here in Florida today so I might not get back on the computer until they pass.  I usually never go on my computer in bad weather.  I will try to get a regular post up when the weather is better.  Have a great day and God bless.

Why Do We Write

  I’m alive and kicking but the weather we’ve had the last few days left me with no desire to be on the computer.  I preferred to sit on either my front or back porch and watch the leaves shiver and the wind make the huge limbs dance.  It is an awesome sight and very peaceful.  I also love to sit there and watch it rain.  True every now and then the wind would whip a mist my way but that’s a small price to pay. But now I’m back in the office.

     The manuscript is going well.  As a matter of fact so well that I was up until five o’clock this morning working.  You know how those days are when everything is falling right in place and all the characters are taking over and showing you what they want to do and how they want to act.  You keep working and completely forget about time.  This is one of the reasons we write.  Oh yeah, we also enjoy the other times but there are times when I just can’t seem to get it right, when I want the character to do what I want him/her to do instead of what they would usually do in said situation; times when I try to force the story.  Let me tell you those are not fun and you darn well know how much time you have struggled.  But we keep writing because there is something deep inside that tells us to write and we can’t resist.

     When did you realize you had the “Writer’s Bug?”  I was still in middle school and I knew as sure as I was born that I had to write.  Granted what I wrote back then wasn’t even good enough to be called trash.  But I kept at it and as the years passed I got better and better.  Then I got married and had two wonderful sons and caring for my family pushed my writing to the back burner.  But the desire was still there.  Once you realize you have the bug it never leaves.

     I was and am also an avid reader.  As I’ve said before I believe you don’t have to be a writer to be an avid reader but you must be an avid reader to be a good writer.

     I believe God gives each and every one of us a talent then He leaves it up to us to find and perfect it.  My talent is writing and I thank God for it.  I’m still working on the “perfect” part but I’m enjoying the trip.

     These are my thoughts for today.  Thanks for stopping by and until next time keep writing even if you are in the slump period.  We must take the bad along with the good.  God bless.

Path to Tomorrow’s Memories

          Thank God I am over the SNAG and back on the path to finishing my Southern Drama manuscript “Tomorrow’s Memories.”  (Of course we know that my agent might have me change the name in the end but that’s it for now.)  It felt so good to sit at my computer and work for hours yesterday.  No, I probably won’t write 100,000 words in a week like Emily Guido (you should check out her blog at http://emilyguido.com).  I found it interesting. 

     Now I just have to set my schedule so I get in my gardening (that’s my psychiatrist.) I love being out there just me and God.  I talk to Him a lot when I work.  Anyway, back to the schedule, I need my time for the gym and of course my writing.  I figure it is just a matter of planning to get everything in.  I know I used to write when I worked a full-time job.  Of course I didn’t work in my garden as much.  What ever!!  The main thing is I’m back and I’m excited about it.  The characters of Tomorrow’s Memories were glad to see me.  I am now on a roll and can’t wait for everything to come together.  Yes… yes I know, after it is written there will be rewrites on top of rewrites but don’t remind me of that now, just let me bask in the fact that I am over the snag.

     Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time stay safe and keep writing.  Remember only writers truly understand writers. My husband said he doesn’t know if you have to be insane to be a writer or insane to live with one.  Whatever!  God bless.