Monday, October 16, 2017

Missing in action

I have completely neglected the blog for a couple months, but with good reason.


Kids, dogs, school, football games, trips to Colorado, flood, knee surgery (upcoming), book (okay, not much book, but I'm back on that, too).

As of two minutes ago, Chapter 38 is in the bag. It's been slow going but I'm happy to report that the book is over halfway finished. Now if I could just pick up some momentum on the backside and finish the darn thing.

I'm trying!

Some happy news: Middle was officially accepted at Superman's and my alma mater.

Another Aggie! WHOOP!

Friday, August 18, 2017

One summer, two more summits

This summer is speeding to an end this Sunday. All three kids start school Monday. Oldest back at Colorado School of Mines, Middle and Youngest back to high school.

As much as I'm ready to get my schedule and routine back, it's a little sad to let this summer go.

There were trips with family and friends to Colorado, to the lake, and back to Colorado again. There was a mountain to summit (twice) and rivers to play in, s'mores to roast and new restaurants to try.

There were plane rides, boat rides, rafts and cars. Dogs, elk, mountain goats and a bear.

Until next summer . . .

Monday, August 7, 2017

OMG finished the chapter from hell!

It was Chapter 34 and it took at least five days to finish. Granted, they weren't five full days, only an hour here, a couple hours there, but it seemed like forever!

It was the classic 'gather all the suspects in one room for questioning' scene, and it kicked my butt.

But it's finished! Whew! Now on to Chapter 35 (but not until tomorrow).

It's almost 5 o'clock, but I'm thinking it's not too late for a quick power nap. Penny makes it look so inviting.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Oh summer, where are you going?

It has been a whirlwind of a summer. Two trips to Colorado, one long and one short, a couple trips to the lake, a family reunion, now one more trip to Colorado.

The book has definitely taken a backseat to all the chaos that comes with three kids at home for the summer, and that's okay. I've managed to squeeze writing in here and there, and am on Chapter 34 now. Chapter 34! Yay!

There's been three murders and at least one more to come. There's been a bit of research into the minds of serial killers and a bit of research on the Colorado mob. Yes, the mafia--in Colorado! Who knew?

Yoga at Summit Lake with Youngest...

Friday, June 30, 2017

Making progress

I'm finally getting somewhere with the book. Thirty-one chapters and 35,461 words later, I now see substance in the rear-view mirror. The road that lies ahead no longer seems interminable.

Lily is celebrating with me. See how happy she is.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Birthday in my happy place

I had been writing nearly every day up until my birthday break--a trip to Colorado.

We hiked a few new trails, tried out a few new restaurants, took care of some maintenance issues around the house, but no writing.

I had planned to write--took my laptop and spiral notebook with my outline and character sketches--but never got around to it.

But now I'm back in Houston, and back to writing.

Excited to be starting chapter 26 today!

Here I am in my happy place:

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Snow in the middle of May

Here is a picture of our backyard in Colorado today. I think Mother Nature is confused. It's almost 90 in Houston today. How can it be snowing in Colorado?

I wish I were there!