Saturday Fun

My sister, Melissa, nephew, Puya, and Melissa’s boyfriend, David came to our house Friday night at 10:30 and spent the night. Saturday morning we took them to Athens Family Restaurant for brunch. Then we went to the Bicentennial Mall. Bicentennial Mall is one of my favorite parks, combining state history with nature’s beauty. Here are some pictures from a really fun morning.

Melissa and David at Athens Family Restaurant

Daniel and Puya talking about who knows what.

Love the colors of the fall leaves.

Puya at Athens Family Restaurant

Goals Met, Moving Forward

Our local writers group, Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, has a marathon month every October. At the end of September each of us participating lists our goals for marathon month. Then we cheer each other on. It’s a month of just writing, just being creative, kicking the infernal internal editor out of the house. It’s our version of NaNoWriMo.

I’ve never met my goal before.

But I decided to set one anyway. At least it would give me something to shoot for. My goals were to attend at least one MTCW meeting for October and to add 10,000 words to my WIP. At the time I set my goals I had not attended a meeting in probably a year. I have not written 10,000 words in the past 3 or 4 years, let alone a month. But what the heck.

I made it to both October meetings. And as of yesterday at 7:45 pm I have written 10,102 words on my novel in October. Talk about Snoopy dancing. 🙂 I’m still pretty excited about it this morning.

But I can’t stop here. This is just a launching point. This is just the kind of month I needed to help me feel like a real writer again. Real writers write. Real writers have goals. And meet them most of the time.

So in the spirit of a real writer I want to share my goals for November: attend both MTCW meetings; write 15,000 words.

 

 

The Bone House Blog Tour Day Three

I think Becky’s post yesterday echoes my thoughts about The Bone House. I’m enjoying the series so far from a “what’s going to happen next” perspective. But I’ve been wondering where the typical Christian part of the story is. I read a lot of “secular”  fiction so I don’t need overt Christianity in a story to enjoy it. But I think I had some kind of bias already in mind given the publisher of this series.

In the first book, The Skin Map, I didn’t like Mina too much. But I have to admit, she’s my favorite part of The Bone House. I’m anxious to see what happens to her and to the coffee-house in Prague throughout the rest of the series.

Check out the other tour participants below:

Noah Arsenault
Red Bissell
Thomas Clayton Booher
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
CSFF Blog Tour
Jeff Chapman
Karri Compton
D. G. D. Davidson
Theresa Dunlap
April Erwin
Victor Gentile
Tori Greene
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Janeen Ippolito
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Marzabeth
Katie McCurdy
Shannon McDermott
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Chawna Schroeder
Kathleen Smith
Donna Swanson
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White
Rachel Wyant

The Bone House Blog Tour Day Two

From the author’s website:

The Bone House

A BRIGHT EMPIRES NOVEL

Lawhead has embarked on his most ambitious writing project to date: the five-book BRIGHT EMPIRES series. The second volume, The Bone House, will be published in the USA on 6 September 2011.

The series is underpinned by the cutting-edge work of quantum physicists, natural philosophers, and cosmologists who describe a universe not only much greater, but also far stranger than we imagine.

Is this the future of science fiction and fantasy?

‘I have not read or written anything quite like it,’ says Lawhead. ‘It’s been forming in my mind for at least fifteen years. Now I am finally writing it, because I think I can finally do justice to such an intricately woven storyline.’

“Once again, Lawhead has penned an epic tale, putting a new spin on an old legend. Full of rich imagery, this page-turner will appeal to fans of suspense and fantasy.” – Library Journal

Find the book here.

Find out what the other tour participants are saying:

Noah Arsenault
Red Bissell
Thomas Clayton Booher
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
CSFF Blog Tour
Jeff Chapman
Karri Compton
D. G. D. Davidson
Theresa Dunlap
April Erwin
Victor Gentile
Tori Greene
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Janeen Ippolito
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Marzabeth
Katie McCurdy
Shannon McDermott
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Chawna Schroeder
Kathleen Smith
Donna Swanson
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White
Rachel Wyant

The Bone House Blog Tour Day One

Today begins the blog tour for Lawhead’s The Bone House. Please follow the links below to see what the other participants are saying.

I’ll have my review up Wednesday.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of the book from the publisher.

Click here to find The Bone House on Amazon.

Click here to visit the author, Stephen Lawhead, on the web.

Visit the folks below to read what they’re saying about the book:

Noah Arsenault
Red Bissell
Thomas Clayton Booher
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
CSFF Blog Tour
Jeff Chapman
Karri Compton
D. G. D. Davidson
Theresa Dunlap
April Erwin
Victor Gentile
Tori Greene
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Janeen Ippolito
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Marzabeth
Katie McCurdy
Shannon McDermott
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Chawna Schroeder
Kathleen Smith
Donna Swanson
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White
Rachel Wyant

Breezes Blowing

Love this time of year when I can open the windows and let the fresh air blow through the house. Kind of cathartic.

This seems to be a metaphor for what I’m doing in my life right now. I’m letting the fresh air of new-found health blow away some of the stale frustration, pity, and anger I’ve held onto for the past few years. I’m cleaning out the stagnant stuff and getting back to the core of me.

 

Gluten Free Me

About two weeks ago I learned my Mom has some food allergies. Most of them pretty mild, but one not quite so mild jumped out at me-gluten. I’ve been hearing more about gluten-free diets and how much better those choosing that way of eating feel. I was a skeptic.

Not any more. I’ve been gluten-free for about a week and a half just kind of as an experiment. All I can say is W.O.W! I felt a difference within 48 hours. After eleven days I feel like a new person.

The brain fog is gone.

The dark circles under my eyes are fading.

The generalized joint and muscle pain is gone. (Except for the lower back, which is caused by arthritis.)

I don’t feel bloated after I eat.

Now I’m a believer.