September 19, 2020

A Fresh Start


Since I lost all my posts on my other hosting site, I am taking this opportunity to start a new site!

Sometimes life has a funny way of making plans for you that you had no idea were coming. This year has been amazing. "What?" you might ask. "2020 has been horrible!" In general, I guess I wouldn't argue with you. World-wide, it has certainly slammed so many people hard. Our business suffered, but not to the extent as so many of you. Things slowed down and luckily, we find ourselves homeless, which means no house payments. 

"How is that amazing?"

Because, now DeWalt and I get to live our dream.

"Sleeping in a shed is living your dream?"

Well, not exactly. But look at that sunset! That's the view from where our home is going to be in just a few short weeks. 

A little over five years ago, we bought this beautiful piece of property in Linden, AZ. We've been anxiously awaiting the day we could move here full time. In May, I gave 30 day's notice to our landlord, and on July 1 we moved here. Yeah, sleeping in a shed hasn't been the best, but hey, I come from Pioneer stock. I can do this! Even when it's freezing inside and the space heater barely takes off the chill. But it's only for a few more weeks, and then I'll be living in my beautiful new home. 

That's only one piece of my excitement for the year. I've been working on a fantasy series. I started it about 10 years ago. I would pull it out and look at, add to it, edit, and then shelve it again to work on other projects. This summer I took a serious look at it and decided I'd slice off the ending, leave it at a bit of a cliff-hanger, and continue where I cut it off and make book 2.  Books 3 and 4 are mostly written.

This summer, I've learned to format and publish all on my own. That was pretty nerve-wracking and exciting all at the same time.

I couldn't have done it without the help of my wonderful daughter-in-law who did a great job with the cover, and my dear friend Anne Marie who dropped whatever she was doing to answer formatting questions.

My next big project is to finish formatting my Christmas novel.

There's so many more things I could tell that's great about 2020, but I'll save that for another post.

What amazing things have you seen happen this year?


At September 19, 2020 at 1:07 PM , Blogger Kaye P. Clark said...

Congratulations on your new home! I'm very happy for you. This year has been a challenge. I would probably still be teaching art, but the virus has made that impossible. On the flip side, I have more time to write. I hope to be able to finish my Escape to Bear Lake series. Being home with my husband has been a blessing, too. I have a lot of family members in Spain and New York. Thankfully, they are all well, so I have a lot to be thankful for. I'm looking forward to reading your fantasy series!

At October 11, 2020 at 3:53 PM , Blogger Betsy said...

I'm so excited you stopped by! You are such a dear. I am hoping you have every success with your writing. Can't wait to read your books!

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