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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Putting Life Back into Perspective

Life tends to get hectic, doesn't it though? I know I'm not the only one to feel overwhelmed when I look around and think, "how in the world am I ever going to get all this work done?" May and June were especially difficult months with kids returning home from college, revising and polishing my msc for my editor, plans to build a house, preparation for our County Fair,...the list goes on and on.

You'd think I'd have time to just write a few words here to let y'all know I'm still alive. LOL!!

Well, I am and I'm finally coming up for air. Manuscript is sent off, kids are settled back in the nest and at work, house has a foundation and septic system (both very necessary entities!). Whew, and before the Fair really takes off, I thought I'd better catch up with the important elements in life.

Reading.
Writing.
Friends.

Life is shorter than we all realize. We need to make the most of whatever time the good Lord gives us. I hope I've put my time to good use, but as anyone who REALLY knows me can testify, I'm very easily distracted. Which can be taken as a good thing : ) As long as I remember to return to original tasks and complete them : )

So, I'm cleaning my office -- and the rest of my house -- clearing away the clutter. I want to spend time with you here on my blog. I want to spend some summertime moments out on our deck just looking out over God's handiwork, because really, is there any place more beautiful than home? I want to live in the moment and give thanks for all the blessings in my life.

Before I sign off for the day, let me invite you to view a YouTube clip compiled by my friend, Theresa Rizzo. Theresa has nailed the writing journey for what it is...when we keep it in perspective. Thanks for taking the time to put this together, Theresa! And yes, there will come a time when pigs fly for all of us!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Booksigning in Cheyenne


Cheyenne, WY is known for Cheyenne Frontier Days
 Yep, it's late, but I wanted to share my booksigning with you. I drove up to Cheyenne, WY on June 4 and spent the day with Amanda Cabot and Penny Zeller signing books at two bookstores. Amanda and I have been friends for a while having first met at our RWA chapter, Colorado Romance Writers, years ago. Most recently though, Amanda leads Front Range Christian Fiction Writers, a group of Christian writers writing various works as the Lord puts on our hearts. Nice mix of folks.

I had the pleasure of meeting Penny at our first booksigning. Wonderful, warm, friendly -- I'm blessed to call her friend. Penny and her family had this booksigning thing down pat -- each member of the family had a specific duty whether arranging books, setting up the computer slide show, or just being cute and attracting customers. LOL! What a fun group!

First stop, Cornerstone Christian Supply. What an amazing, warm reception we received from staff and customers alike. Trisha and her staff set this trio of authors up right next to the register area, no one could miss us. The patrons stopped and chatted, asked about our books, and grabbed butterscotch buttons and chocolates as they investigated their book choices. It was a blast!

Amanda, Audra, Penny at Cornerstone Christian Supply



Audra, Amanda, Trisha, Penny at Cornerstone Christian Supply
 
Next, we went to the Barnes and Noble store. Again we received a warm welcome including beautiful posters arrranged around the store announcing our event. A constant stream of chatter across the PA system reminded customers to stop by our table and meet the authors. What fun! We talked with fans, discussed the market with aspiring authors, and in general chit-chatted our way through the afternoon.

We even sold books!

Amanda, Audra, Penny at Barnes & Noble

At the end of the day, I drove the hour and a half home with a smile on my face. The generosity of readers continues to astound me. Folks just opened up and treated us kindness and support.




Here's to you, Cheyenne, Wyoming! You sure know how to make a girl feel welcome!