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Shepherd’s Song

My book, Shepherd’s Song will be available for purchase around noon on July 22, 2015 from The Wild Rose Press website. This will be in the ebook format only. The print book date will be announced later. I’ll let you know that date as soon as I know.

I am very excited about this. It has been a very long road from original idea to publication. I praise the Lord for this success.

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The Sweetest Husband

A few days ago I was deeply involved in something on my laptop, where I do most of my writing, when my dryer buzzed. I heard it but wanted to complete the task I was working on–and I did. When the dryer buzzed again, I jumped up and said, “I heard you. I’m coming!” Across the room my husband said, “You should eat a Snickers bar.”

I laughed as I went down the stairs, thinking of the candy commercial where normally nice people look like grouchy monsters until they eat a Snickers bar and revert to their sweeter natures.

My husband doesn’t need a Snickers bar. He has got to be one of the sweetest people in the world. Oh, he has his moments, but his character is quiet, steady, and often quite humorous. If I am frustrated by something, he will calmly quiet me down by a comment or a gesture. If I make a negative comment about something or someone, he will turn it around and look at the situation in a positive light. He always tries to find the good in people, giving me a different perspective on the subject.

I am so fortunate to have a husband who is a consistent Christian example of what a man should be–and who makes me want to be the woman I should be too.

Where do you get your ideas?

Where do you get your ideas? Most authors hear that question throughout their careers. Their answers are as varied as the people who ask them. This is the short answer: LIFE.

Just like an artist has to observe the colors of a blue sky fading as it touches the horizon or the differing shapes of evergreen trees in order to imitate them in a painting, the writer must observe the people he meets so he can write his story accurately. All kinds of things inspire a writer, anything from a turn of phrase overheard in a diner to the tug of a child’s hand when he offers a bushy yellow dandelion to his mother.  In my case,

  • I had a dream that I wrote down (The Secret of the Hidden Cave)
  • The students that I taught, both in school and at piano lessons. (The Marty Series)
  • A magazine article about a hunky orchestra conductor (Shepherd’s Song)
  • And don’t forget the many ideas I got from dealing with my own five mischievous children.

I’ve been told that everyone has a book inside of them waiting to be written. What’s your story? What inspires you? I’d love to read your answers. Don’t be afraid. I won’t steal them; I have plenty of ideas of my own. Until next time…

An Update on My Computer

I got my computer back on Thursday and, so far, it’s working well.  There were some changes made and I had to spend another half hour at Best Buy while the tech got everything up to my needs, but it is done. Hats off to the Best Buy Geek Squad for the good job. I spent much of yesterday working, very satisfactorily on my current project.

Yaay!

Heteronyms and Homographs.

I don’t know who to attribute the following to, but I got this through an email. I’ve seen it before

Heteronyms…. This is intriguing
Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning.
A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.
You think English is easy??
I think a retired English teacher was bored…THIS IS GREAT!

Read all the way to the end…
This took a lot of work to put together!
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture..
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert..
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong for me to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear..
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell.
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
PS. – Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick’?

Life’s Aggravating Moments

I’ve written before about my computer problems. They are stretching out, but haven’t defeated me yet.

I took my computer to Best Buy almost three weeks ago and found I had either a defective motherboard or a bad hard drive and the computer needed to be sent away for repairs. Last week I got a call telling me how much repairs would cost and asking if I wanted the company to replace the motherboard. I said it was okay as long as no information was lost. (I have a lot of writing and piano lesson business stored on that computer.) The guy said nothing would be lost, the repair would be done by Wednesday and shipped to the local store. I could pick it up in two days. On Friday I went into the store to pick it up, but was told it wouldn’t be in the store until Saturday or Sunday.

I went home to wait for their promised call. I got it on Monday, but it was late in the day and a winter storm was due Tuesday, so I said I’d pick it up on Wednesday. We made a special trip to Janesville to pick it up. I decided to ask the question I had asked when the tech who was waiting on me three weeks ago discovered the faulty motherboard. I wanted to know how to “share” a document from Word by email. The tech told me I didn’t have Word. I told him I had bought that when I purchased the computer and had it loaded at the store before I brought it home. Josh looked it over and said he would have to reload the Word program and, while he was at it, wanted to look over some other things.

I don’t know what those things were and at this point I am waiting for my laptop computer. I thank God that my iMac, which my husband and I share, is working.

Thanking TSM Davies

I so appreciate the work that my daughter-in-law, TSM Davies, did in setting up this website, my Twitter account and my Facebook account. I am not up to speed on all the social media links, but Tammy is. She not only set up the website in the first place, but she took into account my own preferences: favorite colors, love of flowers, etc., and every time I get stuck on how to navigate the work she set up, she helps me learn a little more. I would highly recommend her to others if they have similar needs to mine.