August 2020

Updated: Oct 11, 2020

Welcome to our virtual café, where we'll chat about what I've been reading, writing, and doing over the past month. I invite you to have a seat, grab your inspirational beverage of choice, and join me in sharing a leisurely cup of caffeine for the soul.

What I'm Reading

I’ve been sucked into the reading vortex that is Taylor Jenkins Reid. After stumbling across her book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo a little over a month ago, I have read two of her other novels in quick succession.

My latest foray into her authentic and emotional storytelling explores the idea of true love. But this is no ordinary inspection of the age-old question. The circumstances that serve as the backdrop for this unique love triangle may just make you question everything you ever thought you knew about love… in the best way possible.

Read my complete review for One True Loves on Goodreads.

What I'm Writing

As an author, I wear several different hats. And I’m eager to put one of them on every single day recently, especially since I need a haircut. The situation in Florida has not been the most conducive to getting out and about, even for the necessities. Alas, I digress…

The editing hat has been my headwear of choice over the last month, and the process has proven to be quite a roller coaster ride. Good news first. I’m screaming down the final hill toward the finish line. But it hasn’t been that way for the entire journey. Just like anything in life, momentum shifts as we move through each phase.

As a reader or author, I become the character as they navigate their way through a fictional world. Except it doesn’t seem like fiction. It feels as real as the air I’m breathing right now. And working through those challenging moments in their lives make the editing process slow to a crawl sometimes. I think a few turtles passed me by during the process.

But there is a tipping point, where everything makes sense and we see the light. Momentum shifts again and we begin moving posthaste toward that dream, that goal, that happily ever after. And I’m almost there. And here’s the important part, so are you.

This little foray into my writing life might have been about my writing, but it applies just as well to every single thing that each of us is doing throughout these challenging times. So, keep going. That positive momentum is waiting for you. As my edits draw nearer to a close, I can’t wait to share a sneak peek at Splendid Chaos with you in an upcoming visit. And stay tuned for an invitation to become a member of my advance release review team, which will provide you with an opportunity to read my next novel in the Pigeon Grove series before anyone else!

What I'm Doing

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… I better stick to romantic fiction. Seriously though, a long time ago, in a school far away, I used to know calculus. Every character has a backstory. For those of you who don’t know mine, I only stumbled across my love for writing about seven years ago. It started as an innocent blog to catalogue my thoughts about the world. It eventually morphed into flash fiction, short stories, and now—novels. Alas, I digress… again.

My formal education is from Penn State with a degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering. I know, who would have thought, right? That degree involved math, and a lot of it. Fast forward several years. My son is immersed deep in the college application process. Torn between study in the fields of engineering, meteorology, or geophysics, there is one thing that’s certain about his future. He’ll also need a lot of math. To make sure I can be a somewhat adequate mentor for him, I’ve begun taking the online AP Calculus BC course that he’s enrolled in for the upcoming school year.

Oh boy. Major flashbacks. It’s funny. We all know that sights and smells trigger memories. But who knew that integral signs and the mention of L’Hospital’s rule could do the same? Limits and derivatives have found a way back into that dusty corner of my mathematical mind.

But it reminds me of something. Unlike math, life is not an exact science. And while that might seem unnerving at times, it’s inside that thought where we find boundless opportunity, where we discover that even the sky is not a limit.

Monthly Caffeine

Remember when… it’s difficult not to utter those words lately. It usually causes us to hearken back to days long ago, when things were better. Or safer. Or simpler. Now we think all these things, but we don’t have to allow our minds to travel that far back into the past.

I see memories pop up on my Facebook page and find myself uttering a variation of those same words. I can’t believe that was two years ago. It’s easy to get lost in the thought of what used to be. But here’s the thing. If we take a step back and look honestly at the world around us… yeah, it’s a mess.

And we might have a ways to go before we find our way to the far side of the dark clouds. You know what though? You as well as I know that there’s sunshine waiting for us there. There might be more rain in our metaphorical and societal forecast, but that’s what allows the flowers to bloom.

And if we let our eyes wander: left, right, up, and down… we’ll find that most of the time, a little rain ends up creating a lot of beauty. Stay safe and be strong. Keep nurturing your beautiful.

Until next month, stay inspired! And, as always, I welcome a short (or long) email to say hi or share your thoughts on this month's final sip...

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

~ John Ruskin ~

Best Wishes

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