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Minute by Minute

It has been a while since I’ve posted here or on any social media platform. I want to thank my publisher, Eclectic Bard Books, for their endless patience.

There are times when the whirlwinds of life leave you tumbling through the air so fast and so far from what is your norm, that you don’t know which end is up. You can only get through the day, minute by minute, from one breath to the next, with the hope that the next day will be a better one. Sometimes it is. Sometimes it’s worse.

Friday, I will be heading to Peoria for the Writers On the River book signing. For the last two months my plans for this event have been in limbo. It wasn’t until Monday, that I was sure I was going to be able to go. My siblings, however, thought I should, because what will be will be. So, I thank them for this much appreciated respite.

My table will be short on swag, but I’ll have pens and magnets to give away. Aaaand I’ll have books! I hope you can stop by and say “hi”. I’d love to see you.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

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Weather inspiration

I am a firm believer that the main focus of the holidays should be spending time with family. My hubby and I spend a lot of time together as we always do the shopping together. We spend a little less time with the kids because they can’t go with us. To make up for that loss of time we each do things with the kids on our own.

This weekend I wanted to finish up the shopping so Friday the hubs and I finished up with the kids. Saturday I took my daughter with me to run errands and finish up. She went with me to get my nails done and of course got hers painted and festive, to pick up the popcorn that we sold as a fundraiser for her dance team, switch her phone over and then to the mall. As you can imagine the mall was crazy this close to Christmas. We still had fun and made the best of the craziness.

As fun as all of this was it still didn’t quite feel like the holidays are right around the corner. The warmer weather that we have been having makes it hard to get in the spirit. Running errands in just a sweatshirt in December just doesn’t feel right.

With the craziness of our weather has come a lot of fog. When we started this morning it was really foggy. My daughter mentioned that it was a little creepy to walk to school in the mornings in the fog. We then drove past a cemetery shrouded in fog. She looks over at me with a smirk. “Mom, here is the scary movie moment. Is someone going to jump out at us?”

As a writer it was a very proud mom moment. I loved that her mind is creative enough to instantly come up with something to go along with the fog. It also gave me an idea for one of my upcoming books. As I will take inspiration from anywhere it is always very special to get it from my kids.

My daughter has always had a very active imagination so maybe she will follow in my steps and write. I know that whatever she does with her life, as she is only 12 and has plenty of time to figure it out, it will be creative. As she is figuring it out she can continue to inspire me to follow my dreams and create the worlds that my characters live in. Between her and my son I have plenty of ideas that they inspire to keep me going for quite a while.

Until next week, keep your eyes open and find your inspiration wherever it comes from.

~Miranda

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Counting down and paying it forward

Tis the day after Thanksgiving and all through the house, no one is stirring, not even to reheat leftovers… The holiday itself is ended, but the replete calm of time together is in full swing. Chess, books, old movies, and time to just talk is my favorite part of this holiday…week. (until the next week in a month or so) We take five full days to just enjoy the company of each other. I love this time of year.

Of course, no family gathering would be complete without something getting broken. This year the pull switch for the kitchen light and the toilet handle in the main bath needed to be replaced, hence a trip out into the madness was necessary. Thankfully, the Ace is not the prime destination for most Black Friday shoppers and was survivable.

The challenge now is to hold tight to every moment and not let the craziness of the season overcome us. Sadly, this time of year, which should be about being together has become a time of about spending and having, and push & shove has become more pronounced than the love that the season boasts.

I want to have faith, but find that more and more the sweet portrayal of what the holiday is supposed to be about exists more on commercials than in life. There are still too many without a warm place to sleep or food for their belly. There are too many who jump to fight instead of lend a hand to someone in need. I would love for this to change.  For us, it already has.

Our season is not about things anymore. It is about a warm meal and family together, no matter how long, no matter how far. Time is the season now. We spend every spare minute we can appreciating that we have those moments and planning to spend more. Every year at this time we take those things we no longer need and take them to the shelter for someone else to give them a use, and stay to serve a meal. It is time we get to be together, and we get to pay forward the blessings we have been given.

I hope that as we count down to the end of the year holidays, Yule and Christmas…that you find a way to give beyond what your money can spend, to those beyond your circle. You’ll be glad you did.

Abyrne

Simple Things

It’s the week of Thanksgiving. Everyone is hustling to make sure their feast with family and friends is perfect. They’re laying out the game plan for hitting the best sales. Perfection seems to be the goal. The perfect holiday. The perfect family gathering. The perfect gift.

In that drive for perfection, we tend to lose sight of what is right in front of us. The small perfectly imperfect moments that lend themselves to creating the fondest memories. We lose sight of the simple things that make us smile.

So, in this week of giving thanks, I want to say…..I’m thankful for my family, near and far. I’m thankful for my friends, wherever they are. I’m thankful for the laughter and smiles of my child. I’m thankful for the readers, whose enthusiasm encourages me to write. The song of the birds, the caress of the wind, the quiet stillness of the falling snow, the light of the moon..casting her glow. I’m thankful.

beautiful-quotes-imagesUntil next week….Happy Reading!
~Jolanthe~

The Colors of My Life

Every season brings with it its own kaleidoscope of colors blended together to paint the earth  in hues ranging from the ice silvery white of  Winter to the new greens of Spring to the pinks, yellows, and blues of Summer, to the garnets, golds, and corals of Autumn.

Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons. The new growth of Spring and Gaia sending the earth to its Winter slumber with a myriad of colors that no box of crayons could ever hope to capture. I find it highly amusing, or not, how my favorite seasons are always kicking me  in the hiney with allergies. There’s always a price I guess. LOL

Everything seems to be going in warp speed. There are days which go by and aside from the blustery wind, I could not tell you if the sky was grey or blue. At times I forget to stop and breathe. We all need to put the breaks on from time to time. Life will get away from us if we don’t. It’s important that we notice the everyday little things as well as we do the major events.

Winter is coming. Too fast. Too soon. Before it gets here, however, I plan to enjoy the artistry of nature. I hope you do too.

Until next week….Happy Reading!

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~Jolanthe~