Happy Friday the 13th, y’all. A few important things.

  1. I’m feeling decent for the first time in a long time. Hallelujah!
  2. As a result, I shot 9 online courses for the SkipJack School, for writers (I am so sick of my own voice). They’re not all released yet, but you can still see what we’ve got already, HERE: http://skipjackpublishing.teachable.com.
  3. We’ve enjoyed some weather in the teens in Nowheresville, but still managed a few half day trail rides with the big hooved ones. Pics below, along with a few randoms 🙂
  4. I’ve adored having our youngest home for a few weeks, but she leaves after this weekend. I’ll miss her so, and I’ll be so glad she’s gone, an enigma in a riddle in a paradox, ha.
  5. Thus, it’s time for me to WRITE, WRITE, WRITE.

The plan is for me to figure out Ava and create 3 Ava books, then return to 1 last Michele (which is partially written and unnamed at this time) before I move on to Laura and Maggie, with a few ensemble novellas along the way. I’m about 4 chapters into my first Ava book (working titles of her books are Bombshell, Stunner, and Knockout), and so far Bombshell is a disaster, but somehow I will find Ava’s voice and my way. I have faith. I could use prayers and positive energy this month though as I try to kickstart that part of my brain, and host my mother-in-law. Are these things mutually exclusive??? I hope not!

I tested out my writing tent, which is now a writing lean-to since it has a tin roof (thanks, honey!), and warmed up with poetry. I am not a poet, but I wrote about what I could see, sad over the death of a friend, and what came out felt right, felt like a precursor to re-immersing myself in the WDKY world. I called it “Texas Winter.”

Ropy vine in cedar,

wind tossed,

tangled,

swinging.

Morning glory echo,

wild and

fragile,

clinging.

Turquoise-yellow butterfly,

time-ripped,

bravely

winging.

Spring is not a promise.

I also wrote a ridiculously long love letter about my horse on Facebook, which is another sign that I’m in the starting gate, about to write.

Facebook post as writing prompt/meme, LOL. If I’d just written a chapter of Bombshell instead of that post, right? But it doesn’t work that way for me. Think of this as stretching for the brain.

Meanwhile the audiobook of Fighting for Anna came out, narrated (fantastically) by Natalie Gray. You can get it on Amazon, Audible, or Apple. Hardbacks on BarnesandNoble.com, and e-books and paperbacks everywhere. Reviews greatly appreciated.

2017. Let’s do this.

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World’s most expensive dog bed.

Country life. 🙂

If you’ve read Fighting for Anna (and if not, why???), you’ll know why this find in the forest was so amazing!

With my best girl, Katniss.

And with my best guy <3

Another anniversary with the world’s greatest husband, and, of course, a head band!

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2 Responses to 2017, Let’s Do This.

  1. Eric Hutchins says:

    The poem is wonderful, the last line is so heavy with meaning right now, but the whole thing is beautiful. Love the pictures. Love most of all that you are starting to feel glimpses of yourself returning. Feeling a little bit better, you have been working so hard on trying to make that happen.

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