It's been a harrowing week, I must say. I already knew the first week of school would be somewhat 'terrible'. Getting used to a new schedule is difficult at the best of times. But doing that when you have a brain that scatters in five directions at once makes it even more difficult to multi-task. I'm working it, though. I can't give up when I'm so close to completing this project!
This blog post covers day 29 of the photo challenge and another character bio. Read on!
Of course, the first week of school is always ripe for problems. So far, the school computer has choked twice resulting in us being behind already. Because of that, I had to improvise which meant more hours were cut from my day. I finally got to get back to that line edit of Ripples last night. It's such slow going, though, that I'm even doubting whether it really will be ready to go on October 1st. /Cue Lady Felicia's scream/ (She's from the Father Brown Mysteries which is a great show.) I have managed to keep up with the photo challenge and at least one of us is not behind. So there are some positive things to focus on. And we keep going...
So our first day of school was not without its hitches. Our main school computer choked while trying to load the programs needed for the youngest. :/ I'm not sure whether we'll have to replace the processor or the whole machine. <sigh>
On the writing front, though, things are moving along. Read on for the photo challenge and for the next character bio!
I've been keeping busy lately trying to get our school year planned out in a way that will also allow me to continue writing. I'm also going to try blogging in a new way. With our trip to Texas last weekend, I wasn't able to prep as well as I wanted to. But I'm still going to attempt to get things done and get into my new routine as soon as possible. I'm looking forward to what this school year will bring for our home school and my writing.
Yesterday's prompt was hope. Isn't that a great starting point? For photos, for writing, for art... There are so many creative works based on 'hope'. Hope is a word gravid with promise. For a Christian, our hope rests in our Savior, the Messiah Yeshua. For those in other religions, or those without a religion, hope rests elsewhere. But hope is important to us all, I think.
I don't have a lot of extra time so my book reviews tend to be short and to-the-point. Whether or not they are sweet would be a matter of opinion. When I realized only Blogger blogs could be directly linked to Goodreads, I sighed and just went on with life. Today, I spotted the html code for sharing reviews on any blog. Yea! So you get to read my reviews now.
For today's bonus post, here's my very short review of Tracie Peterson's A Daughter's Inheritance (book 1 in a series). I think there's also an option to read all my reviews, so you can go back through and read the ones which interest you. I'm not a pro reviewer by any means. But these are my honest opinions.
A Daughter's Inheritance by Tracie Peterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love Tracie Peterson's writing style. It's always sweet while always offering a sense of wonder about what will happen next. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the abrupt ending. I turned the last page expecting to see another chapter and /BAM/ there was none... So I must wait patiently until I can purchase book two to find out what happens next.
The characters in A Daughter's Inheritance are well-written. They're relatable and easy to find a rapport with. The villains are also well done and the layers of the story are so seamless, it makes the story come alive.
If you're looking for an intellectual read, this isn't it. But, if you are looking for a pleasant weekend activity, this might be just the book you're looking for. I'd recommend it for anyone who loves pure and sweet romance.
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The prompt for today is 'hands'. It would be hard, though not impossible, to write without hands. I'm the type to think of weird things, I guess, but what would life be like without my hands? I'd have to learn new ways to cook, play the piano, and read books. I'd probably purchase new computer programs that allowed me to input information via voice so I could keep writing. A great many changes would come about if I suddenly lost the use of my hands.
Or what about this thought - Different workers have different types of hands.
One thing every writer needs to do is read. Read mostly in your writing genre, but don't forget to branch out into research topics, too. For a writer, reading a wide variety of books is never a bad thing.
Please don't count the numbers in my titles. <sigh> I was just commenting to my daughter yesterday on how irritating it is when you're reading chapters in a sequence and a chapter is skipped for some strange reason. I promise you, no 'chapter' was skipped! I've no excuse for missing the 19th as I had my photos stored in my tablet and could've shared them easily for the 'makes me laugh' prompt. I just forgot. I opted out of posting on day 20. The prompt was 'dog' and I was unmotivated to dig for a photo response. I was also adjusting to our return home and trying to get back into my routine. I'm still not quite there yet but I'm working on it. Today's prompt was no problem at all, though. Read on to check it out.
My husband was in the Air Force for 20 years and during that time, we made some lasting friendships. We had the honor of attending the retirement ceremony of one of the most dear families I know. When you think of the word 'minister' or 'ministry', this family's name should appear in the dictionary definition. We have been blessed with their friendship since the time we met and I didn't always realize it. For that, I am truly sorry. And thankfully, they are loving and forgiving.
So while we were in Texas, we visited with them for two and half days. Then we drove from Abilene down to San Angelo to our last duty station and the one where we met the family mentioned above. We got to see some of our SCA family, which was like a nifty bonus. While I was there, I shared as often as possible for the photo challenge. Here are the days I managed.
First, the news! A good friend of ours is retiring. We've been invited to spend time with them and reconnect. So while we're doing that, I won't be posting to the blog. I'll be posting again on Monday, though. On to the challenge!
#AugustBreak2018 - Day 15 - Cat
The prompt for yesterday was cat. And while I love trying to get photos of Sir Olly Ox'nfri Toebeanz, he's not always cooperative. I had to wait until he was napping yesterday because he was so active. This photo kind of reminds me that we should always try to get plenty of rest. -.-
I'm still working on the final edit of Ripples. It seems like an impossible task right now. But I know if I keep at it, I'll get it done. There won't be too much napping until then. ^.^
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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