Book Edits and Rewards

It’s been lovely working on the porch recently. I completely finished the first read through and edit of Katy’s Heart and have run through a robust editing service with multiple feedback reports. I was pleased to see how high it fell on the strong writing scale. The current edits are from these reports. Hoping to finish this week. So happy the goal of publication in mid-June is on track! It will be released in e-book format first as it takes a few days longer for the print formatting to be completed.

One reward is going to be a visit with my daughter and son-in-love in North Carolina. I am excited to visit with them and to see their new home. I haven’t taken any trips in over 5 years! Excited to see the mountain scenery on the drive and take pictures when I can. The new tablet takes fabulous pictures.

The weather has been great for walking. This is another reward I give myself after a session of work. Walking helps the stiff muscles, especially in my upper back. Breathing in fresh air, the kiss of sunshine on my face, make my smile. So far this spring into summer season is lovely. My cone flowers are looking quite healthy, and I hope to see blooms soon. What I love about these plants is their long blooming time and minimal care. Life is beautiful every single day. All glory to God!

Writing in the Great Outdoors

Saturday morning…not a usual day for me to blog. The reason is a new tablet and bluetooth keyboard I’m trying out. As I sit here with my cup of tea, listening to the birds singing, I find it a nice change from having to squint at my laptop screen. If only it wouldn’t be so difficult to view outdoors!

This setup is working nicely so I’m feeling encouraged. Today is my cleaning and laundry day but I have all day to deal with that. Right now I simply want to drink a cup of tea while enjoying this lovely day and birdsong.

I’d like to find a way to write my books on this tablet, but my writing program doesn’t work with the Android operating system. One cannot be choosy, though. Actually this tablet is replacing a 12 year old iPad. It had an app that worked for writing. If I can write and save as a word document, I can then email it to myself and then upload it to my laptop writing program. Perhaps I will find an app.

For now I’m happy to be able to sit outside and blog!

After Writing “The End”

Saturday April 30 marks the day I wrote the end to my 9th full length novel. Emotions ran high that afternoon.

I missed being able to hug my husband and to hear him tell me congratulations. He was my biggest fan. And marketer. He told everyone I was a published author, even strangers. It’s a wonderful feeling to have someone be proud of your accomplishments. It’s different now, being a solitary writer. I sometimes think about the writing groups I once was part of. I left those behind when my husband needed my care more than I needed those groups. But I won’t get into the past today.

Another emotion was saying goodbye to the characters. This was sad and happy at the same time. I love happy endings and my characters reached theirs. But they lived in my mind night and day talking to me and now they are silent. Their story has been told.

I’m looking forward to the next adventure but while I am looking through ideas for plots, my writing is turning to telling my own story. The stories of my youth. Of things forgotten by today’s world. Of the future writer who escaped into other worlds as she walked along creek banks deep in the woods. This is my legacy to my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I haven’t yet decided if I will make the book available to the outside world.

As I lift my cup of tea and smile at the view outside my window and give thanks to God, I am peaceful and filled with gratitude for the gift He has given me.

If Only…Whining About My Office Chair

If only…

I could find a chair for my office that fits my body. One that supports my back, but allows my feet to sit comfortably on the foot rest. For years I have found myself sitting on the outer edge of my chair. I even tried sitting on a balance ball for a while. Since I can’t do anything about the length of my legs, perhaps I need to find a desk that is lower to the ground. LOL!

There’s the possibility of sitting in my recliner with my laptop, but the arms get in the way. And then, when I’m coloring or making cards, I need to sit at my desk. My kitchen table is even higher so that’s out of the question.

I do love my big desk. It was a purchase made in celebration of receiving my first book contract. It has served me well for over sixteen years. I don’t want to replace it, just my office chair. I know I’m not the only one who has this kind of problem, so if anyone has suggestions, I’d love to hear from you!

When a Writer Pours Her Heart Onto the Pages

Dear Reader,

While my tea is steeping, I decided to stop in for a few moments. I’m staring at a heavily frosted landscape. It is 28 degrees F. I’m left longing once again for a warm spring day, wondering if this will elude us in 2022 and instead have summer come crashing in with hot temps and humidity. Our summers are getting shorter and shorter each year. My daydreams consist of sitting on my front porch in the morning hours and soaking warmth into my chilled bones. Afternoons are too hot on my porch when the sun moves to the west and shines directly onto the front of my condo with no trees to protect it.

I remember how I enjoyed time writing on the porch the first year I moved here. Yesterday I wrote, as usual, at my desk in the morning hours. The first and last scenes of a book are the most fun for me. The characters are at a place of major decisions which will change their lives. It’s the time when they must trust in God’s love. This has been an especially emotional time of writing for me. I’ve been immersed in memories of grief and faith from my own Christian walk. I’ve left fingerprints from my heart on the pages.

My hope is you will fall in love with Katy’s heart in this book which is what the story is about. The title reflects this, too. Katy’s Heart.

And, so, dear reader I will sign off now to drink my tea before moving on with the writing. Look for the published release on Amazon in June. Don’t worry though. I will be notifying you and offering a special introductory price. Until later, God bless!

Love, Carol Ann