Sunday, January 14, 2018

The little things...

Big things matter, of course, but it's the little, day to day things, that give life meaning.

Deb and I finally managed to give our neighbors a small plate of homemade goodies this year, just before Christmas. We've been wanting to do it every year and something always made us forget or we just got too busy. The plate had homemade fudge, snicker doodles, divinity, rum balls and anise pizzelles. We went around to a few houses and got a chance to say hi and spread a little cheer.

I try to talk with my neighbors whenever I see them in their yards or walking the sidewalk or just sitting on the porch. Yes some of my neighbors actually sit outside on swings and on their porches ;-) Most I just have to catch when they are outside to do yard work.

The little conversations, sometimes no more than 'Hi, how are you doing?', make my day. From the smiles we both have I think it boosts their day just a little too.

I had a chance to recommend a lawn service to a neighbor just the other day. A simple thing. A two minute conversation about my newly sodded lawn and how good it looked. The shade from mature trees in Texas will slowly kill some grasses underneath. Mike, my lawn expert, said I should try zoysia when I needed to replace the struggling Bermuda in my yards.

My neighbor was outside doing some yard work and we had a short talk about the weather (very cold for Texas) and the bare spots under his trees. He asked about my yard and I promised to give him Mike's info.

Yesterday we got a small envelope in the mail box, simply labeled 'Gary and Debbie'. Inside was a thank you for the treats and the info.

It was a small gesture. A hand written note of thanks. But it made my day. And I know that the next time I see them in the yard we'll say our 'hi's and the smiles will return.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018, Good Bye 2017!

I wish you all a wonderful new year, filled with life, love, laughter and family. 
Enjoy each and every moment, paying attention to those around you. 
Find a way to make someone else happy.
Laugh at yourself when you mess up.
Eat well and enjoy good health.
Give to a charity that helps others eat well and have good health.
Leave your worries and chores on the night stand when you go to sleep, and pick them back up after a good nights rest.
Tell someone how much they mean to you, every day, no exceptions.
Prepare simply for the future, understand the past but live in the only time that matters, this moment.
Meet new friends and go to new places.
See the beauty of a rainy day as well as a sunny one.
Sing a little, dance a little and laugh a lot.

Be happy. 
Take care of yourself and those around you.

If you're a writer; You've had your break, get back to work! ;-)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Good progress on Arlo and Jake Traitor Ship, book four in the SciFi series.

It's great to take a little more time with this one and see if I can move my skills forward a little. There's more plot, more characters, more conflicts, more tension and of course more fun!

Teaser alert! My hero's take on another impossible mission. This one requires some hilarious and adventurous twists and turns, including a few morphing changes for the guys!

I'm shooting for 300 pages. More like a  modern novel than my favorite 50/60 style hard SciFi, where books can be 200/250 pages and still kick butt.

Going to have to promote a little more as well. I've contacted an agency hoping to get a literary agent. Wish me luck!

I hope your Thanksgiving was awesome, full of friends and loved one.

Arlo says, "It's going to be a good one, folks!"

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Back in the saddle again...

The last few months have been challenging. Short story is that I'm recovering fine but my energy is still lagging.

However, I think I'm finally getting the umph to write! I've started book #4 of the Arlo and Jake SciFi series. I'm getting back to speed, writing every night and enjoying every moment!

Book 4 is going to be the best so far, I promise! I've learned a lot writing this series. I am hopefully getting better and creating a universe that will draw you in excite you. Oh, and have some laughs too! ;-)

I'll post a view excepts and ask for comment as I go along.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Any day now...

Since my surgery I haven't had a lot of energy or desire to write much. It's been two months and I'm only now back to working from home and that's pretty much exhausting me. ;-)

But last night, as I tried to sleep in my recliner again, I started going over the plot of Book 4 of my humorous SciFi series 'Arlo and Jake'. I was able to remember the plot that I started back in Oct or so. I was very pleased with myself and it got my imagination stirring again.

I have several other books that have been rattling around in the attic that pushed their way forward, wanting my attention. Unfortunately, that was about the time I fell asleep.

So I'm hoping that I'm back on the road to writing recovery 'soon'. My surgery rehab is going well so surely my mental focus will improve as well. Right?

Thanks for the support and words of encouragement from all my writing and other friends.

Keep writing!