Monday, August 31, 2015

Let's Play Catch-Up

I'm back! Is anyone still here? 

Yes, I know, it's been awhile. I'm sorry for the absence, and I'm so grateful for all of you who stuck around.

Since my last post--has it really been almost 7 months??--my mother has had a shoulder replacement, a heart attack, internal bleeding, an induced coma, a triple bypass, and a heart valve replacement. We finally got her body all squared away, but she developed severe vertigo. When she finally got home after 7 months of hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, she took a tumble in the bathroom. She broke her arm (the same arm that she had the shoulder replacement.) When my family does something, we go all out. Needless to say, our lives and emotions have been on a roller-coaster ride from hell. If you've ever been a caregiver, you'll know what I mean. 

Mom is now doing physical therapy to get stronger, move that shoulder and arm, and to keep her balance. Life is slowly getting back into some sort of rhythm. It's one of those crazy rhythms that constantly changes and it's kind of hard to dance to, but we keep moving.

I've been writing, though! And have been actively seeking an agent for my first book, THE CLOVER KEY. Yes, I know I said I said I was putting it away, but I dusted it off and re-read it and realized I love the story too much to keep it in a virtual drawer. 

I've written a New Adult novel, and in between constantly revising it, I entered it into #pg70pit and #pitchwars. I'm a glutton for punishment, but I did get some feedback on my pg 70 and am still stalking mentors waiting for the results on my pitch. So, yeah, I've been spending way too much time on Twitter.

I recently joined Tumblr because my daughter told me I should, but I honestly have no idea what to do on there. So far, I have one follower--my daughter. You can also follow me if you'd like, and I'll follow you, but it may take me awhile to figure it all out and do anything interesting. I'm naturally a late bloomer.

I wanted to tell you all about my adventures during the past 7 months in this one post, but I've decided to break it up a little. That way, I can amuse you with many more tales.  

So tell me, what have you been up to?


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Morning Views--A Pictorial

I can hardly believe it's been four months since my last post. My life has been quite hectic lately. My Holiday Season was put on the back burner when my mother got sick. She spent a month in the hospital, but she's on the mend now. The business and the housework sucked up the little bit of free time that I had after daily hospital visits and phone calls with doctors.

But a year ago, I had booked a cruise and the time had finally come for me to unwind and relax a little.

I thought I'd share my pictorial, Morning Views. These photos were taken every morning for twelve days. I hope you enjoy looking at the views as much as I enjoyed waking up to them.

Friday, January 30th. New Jersey

Saturday, January 31st. Atlantic Ocean near Washington DC

Sunday, February 1st. Atlantic Ocean near the Carolinas

Monday, February 2nd. Atlantic Ocean near Florida.

Tuesday, February 3rd. San Juan, PR

Wednesday, February 4th. St. Thomas, USVI

Thursday, February 5th. St. Maarten, 

Friday, February 6th. Tortola, BVI

Saturday, February 7th. Atlantic Ocean near Florida

A Double Rainbow!

Sunday, February 8th. Atlantic Ocean near Washington DC

Monday, February 9th. New York Harbor

Tuesday, February 10th. New Jersey

Now, it's time to put my nose to the grindstone. I have stories to write, and they won't write themselves.

What have you been up to?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Great Trip, Great Friends, Great Stories!

Sorry it took so long to get this post up. I've been having issues with all of my technology, but then again, it could just be that my technology is having issues with ME.

Anywho...My BFF, Valerie, and I recently took a road trip. We originally planned on visiting and staying in  Boston, but when I saw the hotel prices, I researched other options. Then, it hit me--what could be better than staying in Salem? 

Ever since seeing the Bewitched Salem Saga back in 1970, I've wanted to visit the site of the Salem Witch Trials. So we packed our bags...

and drove North.

We were lucky enough to get a room at the Hawthorne Hotel. (The very same hotel where the cast and crew of Bewitched stayed!)

Photo courtesy of The Hawthorne Hotel

The lobby was beautiful and cozy.

The hallway did remind us of The Shining, and we expected the twins to appear at any moment.

But our room was beautiful!

and the food was delicious...

Pumpkinhead beer with a cinnamon-sugar rim.

Absolutely, the BEST seafood chowder I've ever tasted!

The next morning, we decided to catch the ferry into Boston. We got our 'old-lady' cart ready, which we could use to carry all our packages...

and followed the 'Red line' down toward the water.

We made a few stops along the way...

By the time we reached the dock...

the last ferry was gone. But lo and behold, they had a bar!

and all that walking stirred a mighty thirst.

After a couple of cold ones, we walked back to the hotel

and stopped at the oldest candy store in Salem.

We had lunch at the Witch's Brew Cafe, and I would have taken a photo of my clam chowder, lobster roll and witch's brew drink, if I hadn't ingested everything in record time.

The next morning, we decided to take the train into Boston,

We missed the 10:00 train,

but we caught the next one. 

The conductor punched my ticket so quickly, turning the hole-punch this way and that, I half expected to see the word, Believe. I was a little disappointed that I didn't.

We took a trolley tour.

Look at the detail on this building!

The Parker House Hotel where the Boston Cream Pie was invented.

Leonardo DiCaprio ran up the stairs in the movie, The Departed.

We took a harbor tour...

Boston was an amazing city. It was clean, friendly, and full of history. Unfortunately, we didn't schedule enough time there.

The Hawthorne Hotel was smack dab in the center of everything. Two blocks from the hotel, we were able to stroll Essex Street, which was closed to car traffic and offered shops, museums, and cafes.

Displays in the Salem Witch Trials Museum

This home is the scene of a murder. Parker Brothers was based in Salem, MA, and people say this house is the inspiration for the board game, Clue. 

Aside from all the touristy, witchy stuff going on in Salem, the one place that affected me deeply has to be the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. You can read all about it HERE.

I hope you enjoyed my pictorial! If you've never been to Boston or Salem, I highly recommend them both. They are both wonderful settings to truly great stories. Why not create your own?


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