A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2.What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? ~George Orwell

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Donna Hosie

I may have missed July 22 for this cover reveal for Donna Hosie, but better late than never.

 Coming in 2015, THE CHILDREN OF CAMELOT series continues in QUEST OF THE ARTISAN.
Here’s the story:

Six months ago, seventeen-year-old Rustin Hall thought he knew what he wanted. Then he travelled back in time with his best friend, Mila, to the world of Camelot, knights and magic, and everything changed.

Now Rustin is the artisan, and he knows his future because it's written in the past.

But Rustin's plan to build the first temple for the Gorian druids is cut down like the trees he talks to when the Round Table reveals the name of the newest knight of Camelot: a name that carves fear and unrest into the other knights. With Mila now in danger, Rustin, along with his friends, James and Jalaya, goes on a quest to find her before a new malevolent evil gets there first. A necromancer is building an army of the dead, and they are coming for Arthur's daughter.

Rustin will join forces with a young would-be knight called Galahad, as his quest takes him into the very heart of the Arthurian legends he grew up reading. A quest that could be the end of the artisan's life, not just in Logres, but for good.

Don’t forget QUEST OF THE ARTISAN’s will be release in 2015.  

You can find Donna at Musings of a Penniless Writer.

You can find Donna’s books at Amazon click here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Seven things of Millie and Me

Seven things I’ve learned about myself while learning about Millie:
1) We both like treats! She will eat any human treat, if allowed. I will not eat her puppy treats.

2) Millie shakes like a Chihuahua when she is met with adversity; I just run the other way.

3) Millie will climb in the dishwasher to lick the dirty dishes clean; I will not. I just close the door, push the button on the machine and leave it to the dishwasher to lick the dishes clean.

4) Millie likes her belly rubbed, will tempt you to do so, then bite you. I don’t like my belly rubbed and will bite, if you try.
5) Neither of us like “talking” in the mornings. I drink coffee to wake up. She goes back to bed to wake up.

6) We both have short attention spans and will chase available butterflies, except, if Millie catches one, she will eat it. I will not. I promise.
7) She growls at strangers. ME TOO!

Hey who is that? Am I not enough puppy for this household?
What's your name? Let me help you down out of this chair.
You look like someone I know, but I just can't put my paw on it. May I chew on you until it comes to me? Yes? No? Say something!
I can't tell what's up or down with this dog, one big hairy mess. Gee I'm glad I don't look like that.
Yesterday, we celebrated my mom’s birthday even though her birthday was last week. My sister decided to play a prank on me with a stuff puppy she found that looks a bit like Millie. Millie was only impressed once she had her teeth on it.  

My son is still improving from his stroke. To say that he is night and day from May 30th is an understatement. He is still going to therapy 3-4 days a week. Prayers needed that his employer will keep his job open for him. Thanks for your thoughts, prayers and inquiries. I appreciate you all!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Reflection: I okay, I okay!

My new prayer journal!
“I okay, I okay," my nearly four-year-old grandson yells out every time he trips or chooses to throw himself over random objects or people. Then he pops back up, throws both hands up in the air and assures his mom that he’s okay.

Right this minute, all over the world, people are crying out to God to help them, save them from the crisis they face. Sometimes we see how God helps us, and sometimes we don’t. Not always, but usually, people’s dire circumstances improve and it’s then we stop communicating with our Heavenly Father.
God wants an everyday relationship with his children where we may cry out to Him in bad times, but also praise Him (good times or bad).  Praising God our Father through the good times and the bad increases our faith in Him (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and draws us nearer to Him.

“Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,  praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.” Psalm 150 (NIV)

Sometimes we just need to say, “I okay, God. I’m just here to say thank you!”


Monday, July 14, 2014

What I didn't do....

I asked Dr. Lovely Daughter why me? Why do these things happen to me?  She answered that these things happen to me so that I can write about them.

I say no thank you!
Okay, here’s my story.
I was shopping at a store where they sell name brand clothing for less, of which, I will omit the name because of what I didn’t do.

Clearance racks call my name when I enter stores. “Psst, I’m over here,” they taunt with winking eyes. But staying in control, I visited the purse section first, THEN answered the call of the clearance scarf and belt rack.  There were lots of beautiful scarves and I handled them, flipping this one here, parting others to see those in the back. It was during one of those partings that it happened; I felt something scratchy, something not right with my hand. I wasted no time in pulling my hand back from the mass of scarves to see a huge beetle clinging to my hand. It took everything in me not to scream, but I did flick the approximately two and a half inch by one inch beetle (including legs) to the floor.
Remember that I live in a rural area? I’ve seen many beetles, but I’ve never seen a beetle like this. Now back to my story.

There it sat on the floor, a shiny green and tan bug with a flat body, a cross between a “June” bug and (let’s say) a "stink" bug, teetering on beetle legs to face me.  
What did I do?

a.       Step on it with my fancy flip-flop with a chance it might jump on my foot?

b.      Step on it and risk everyone hearing the humongous crunch it would cause and after seeing the mess make me clean it up?

c.      Tell the store manager that there is a prehistoric beetle sitting on the floor, big enough to eat all of Springfield, and I don’t know how it got there?

d.      Scoop it up and take it outside, to save the other patrons from the eww factor and save its life?

e.       None of the above
If you chose “e.” you are correct. I did none of the above. Instead I walked away like nothing happened while obsessively rubbing the creepiness off my hand and onto my jeans while keeping my eye on the bug as it watched me. I vowed never to touch another clothing clearance rack again. Never.  I doubt if I keep that promise.

Do you ever put "your life" in your writing? Does Murphy bug you like he bugs me? What would you have done?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Reflection: Love and Wisdom

Social media sites often shows characteristics of people that I never wish to see. I’m not sure which of my adages apply here: “Keep your uglies in your diaper” or “not everything you think needs to be said”, but I do wish some would apply either, in their social media usage.
As Christians, we have an even bigger responsibility, applying love in all we do. Instead, we may judge others by saying things that are unkind or just plain mean because we get attention.  When we do this, we’re not showing the love of Christ in us.

Love is a huge tool, when applied.
 “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?James 3:9-11 (NIV)

Wisdom is our guide.
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17 (NIV)

We are given a measure of time to spend on Earth. Using that time to build rather than to tear down is the best use of that time.