Archive for April, 2013

April 30, 2013

Last NaPoMo post: A daughter’s laughter


She is a tender age for thoughts so deep

as those that sweep across her eyes,

furrow her brows and

pinch the corners of her mouth.

It’s as if she grows flowers in her mind

that must be tended carefully,

weeded and watered,

protected above all else.

She guards her garden with such great fervor

I sometimes wonder at her grace,

the instant laughter

that crinkles her eyes and nose.

Sometimes that laughter bubbles as freely

as spring flowers on sunny days,

bobbing in the grass,

watching for my own wide smile.

It’s something that I never can resist

and I find myself laughing too,

forgetting the anst

she endures to laugh so well.

April 29, 2013

Rome Goals: updating for May

Planning my mock Hawaiian Editing Adventure! :)

Planning my (somewhat) Hawaiian Editing Adventure! πŸ™‚

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted about how I’m doing on my Rome goals. Here’s a quick update for May:

  • Health goal: I’m beginning the Couch to 5K program today, even though it’s not quite May yet. I plan to take this VERY slowly, which means I’ll probably stretch out one week’s worth of training into two weeks. I’m still pretty excited about it, though. No exercise feels quite as good to me as running does.
  • Writing goal: I’ll be taking a Hawaiian Editing Vacation mid-May in order to work on the final drafts and edits of the sequel to the Night Ones Legacy. What this really means is I’ll be eating a lot of island-based foods, listening to island music or ocean sounds and possibly, if I’m motivated enough, wearing flowers in my hair while I work, work work. Anything to make it feel like I’m relaxing when I’m actually getting something done! I know, I cheat this way sometimes…but I sure do enjoy it. πŸ˜‰
  • Β Volunteer goal: I plan to finish the wedding dress I’m working on for the beautiful BR Chaston. πŸ™‚ At least, I hope to get all of the sewing done. I can take my time on the bead work. Such a happy goal!

And that, really, is all I dare commit to–although, quite probably, I’ll be doing other things in the background because I just can’t help myself. There are so many happy experiences to have this time of year.

Best wishes to all of the Rome Construction Crew and everyone else. I appreciate the kind words and motivation you provide for me more than I can say.

Along with my Rome Goals update, here’s an update on my personal Level Up program: according to my records, I now have 30 hours of serious marketing studies completed. About a third of those fall under the ‘lab’ section, where I try to put into practice the things I learn from reading and interviews.

I really love this game.

April 29, 2013

NaPoMo post: Surprise Party



Silent as morning creeping in,

dark-hooded friends hide beneath my window sill,

whispering with the breeze,

drinking the first rays of sun,

waiting with wide bright smiles

for my bare feet to step

onto the hard path they linger beside.

Then they shout their colors at me,

rush at my eyes with grins that feel like huge happy hugs.

I jump up with them in surprise.

These friends have brought me the gift of Spring.

April 28, 2013

NaPoMo post: Vampire Sunset


This is a sharp and pointed sunset.

One bright blaze mesmerizes,

draws all color from my world,

drains stress and fear from my veins.

I gaze without doubt into the sky.

One sharp agony pierces:

the sweetness of day is gone,

Β and I must walk in the night.

I am still thirsty for day’s brightness.

Darkness reaches around me,

pulls me into an embrace,

tells me I am always loved.

The only weighty matter now

is when to close my eyes.

April 27, 2013

NaPoMo Post: How to Be



My mind is a forest,

each thought a tree growing,

reaching toward sky

and the peace of destinies fulfilled.

My heart is a mountain,

sheltering ideas,

seeking compassion,

opportunities to sacrifice–

but this moment is a meadow,

a space between thought and feeling,

my chance to sit quietly on a stone

and simply Be.


April 27, 2013

Wedding Dress Draft One: checking facts and more

Well. This has been a busy week. I haven’t been blogging or writing as much as I thought I would be, but with the help of some wonderful people we did make some headway on my niece’s wedding dress. Granted, there’s still a lot to do, but it’s finally starting to come together.

I’ve been thinking a lot about fact checks as I’ve worked on this dress. This is a one-of-a-kind dress for a once-in-a-lifetime day, so it has to be perfect.

The level of perfection I’m seeking makes me feel like I’m working on an intricate article on a topic I’ve never covered before. Β The fact check is like pinning things on, making sure they drape accurately over the outline, fit perfectly in the seams, and are stitched together into a whole piece that–hopefully–is a masterpiece of its own.

Fact checking is hard work. For me, it involves several drafts of an article. I underline things I think I understand and ask myself whether I’ve put the ideas into words well enough that others can see the same pictures I see in my head. I write several follow-up questions, deepen my research following my initial interviews, and usually run at least a few follow-up questions once the drafts begin to shape up.

It’s exhausting, but it’s part of what makes writing my constant education and my lifetime learning project.

And that brings me back to my niece’s wedding dress. I can’t begin to say how much I’ve learned so far. Yes, I’ve used the seam ripper (more than once). It’s okay. It’s a creation process that’s making me a better person, and that makes me happy.

It also means I’ve had several opportunities for girl time with my niece, a cousin and my daughters, and that’s been great. I guess networks are needed in every area of my life.

Along with that comes another happy announcement. My niece has started a writing blog. Please fly over to the BR Chaston blog and welcome her to this new adventure.

Wishing a wonderful and exquisitely happy weekend to all! πŸ™‚

April 26, 2013

Friday Photo Poetry: Flute and cello

flute and cello

flute and cello

At the end of the week, when my heart is too full,

and my countenance tattered and torn,

I find solace and peace for my soul

in instruments battered and worn.

The cello is ages and ages old,

and the flute sometimes needs repairs,

but put them together, and they sound like gold

(or at least, the answer to prayers).


I’m looking forward to Sunday. It seems like the only day my daughters and my sweetheart pull out their instruments and really play…and I get to sit and listen. πŸ™‚

Thanks to Tyroper for this post about writers and musicians. I’ve been thinking about it all week.



April 26, 2013

NaPoMo post: Badlands

badlands 3

Hills grow here,

sprouting rainbow-layered rocks to climb

and thickets of brambles to navigate.

It’s not easy

making my way through the rough terrain,

always moving ahead to higher ground.

I own these joys.

These badlands are my own creation.

(Adventure will never be obsolete.)

April 25, 2013

KDP Select and The Night Ones Legacy anniversary: web sites I’m promoting on

Happy 2nd anniversary to The Night Ones Legacy

Happy 2nd anniversary to The Night Ones Legacy

I’m celebrating the second anniversary of the publication of The Night Ones Legacy by running another KDP Select experiment. This time, the book will be free on Kindle during April 27 and 28–this Saturday and Sunday.

It’s hard to believe two years have gone by, and I’m just now beginning to really play with my fiction.

As part of the fun, here’s a list of places I’ve submitted this book for promotion during these free days. I’ll try to keep track of the results. If they’re anywhere near impressive, I’ll post about it and I’ll probably use those sites again in the future.

Here they are:

If you click on the links, you’ll notice a majority of them came from a site called Authors Marketing Club. I joined last Saturday and have had a great time browsing the site pages. This could be a valuable resource for any writer serious about marketing and promoting books.

The more I look around, the more I see that there are plenty of web sites that will promote your book for free. The ones listed above are only to be used if your book is going to be listed for free, but there are others who will take priced books, as well. I’m planning to do something similar when the sequel to the Night Ones Legacy is released, but I’ll use (and list) those sites in that post.

And in order to get that to happen, I’ll be spending some time this evening working on the last few chapters of the initial draft.

Meanwhile, I’m not the only one who’s running a free book weekend. More fun for everyone!


April 25, 2013

NaPoMo post: Hi



It’s a new day–

the meeting of sun and sky,

color and light and my eyes,

opportunity and effort and goals and work,

my present and my future.

A thousand blades of grass wave their greetings,

and there’s just one word on my tongue.

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