Good News and True Feelings!!!


Hi fellow bloggers, readers, and creative people! I am posting today with a dual purpose.

First of all,

¬†I would like to proudly announce the achievement of some of my writing goals. I will be a published author this summer, with my novelette The Orchid Keeper ! So keep your eyes peeled for upcoming availability date. ūüôā¬† Without having been a part of a writing community such as,, I can say that I am not completely sure I would be on the edge of thee new and excited events.

ALSO, THIS WEEK on MidLife Collage my short non fiction story, A Night Out, is an entry in the competition. MidLife Collage offers an pretty cool and free of charge weekly non fiction writing competition. it is for 40+ women and men to share inspirational, quirky, heart touching stories that have occurred  in their midlife. Its fun and interesting to read the stories of the other entrants! Please FOLOW the link below to view my story as well as the four others!!! Why not join in yourself sometime in the free weekly contest.

And secondly,

I have been writing for about a year now. I have had many rejections, let downs, frustrations and a¬†plethora of other draw backs, setbacks, frustrations and writers blocks. We have all been there, and I am sure that ten years from now, twenty years from now, I will still be getting them. BUT that is what this is all about , isn’t it?

I write because I feel a need to. I like the way a finished story makes me feel. I love the rush of a plot unfurling in my head and me trying to type as fast as the words fly through my head. I write because I love to. I love creating situations, people and worlds that will take my readers to another place, a different time.  These are the things that make everything that goes with writing, and creating things worthwhile.

Being published and¬†getting accepted into writing competitions in my opinion, is the secondary reason for writing. While publication, in any form, is an complement to our talent I hope to always remain true to my inner-most reason for putting words to paper and spinning sentences into stories—Because I quite simply just love it, Its what I do.

LINK TO MY CONTEST ENTRY…comments and likes are what counts toward our voting. There are four other stories as well. Check them all out, great reads and good giggles!



midlife collage competiton/ A Night Out

Happy Holiday weekend to you all!!
I am quick posting to announce that one of my non fiction short stories,A Night OUt, is now in a contest. I am posting a link here to the site hosting the contest, where you will find my story and four others for this weeks run. Also comments and facebook likes will be open when you click on the stories at midlife collage. Comments and facebook likes decide the winners at weeks end. Please leave feedback , all comments and likes are welcome!!! t the site that hosts these weekly contest: To my story in this weeks contest;

Determined To Kick It.


That sick feeling of paralyzing sadness, that feeling of a ton of bricks sitting on your chest. Even on the edge of great writing success and a wonderful future with great people in it¬†I find myself depressed. I have no exact idea why or over what…it just is. It follows me around and just when I think I have outrun it I turn a corner and it slaps me in my face. Depression, much like addiction in my opinion, is insidious and sly— it lets you think you have beaten it and when you least expect¬†it… it¬†pulls you back under. Actually, I must say that years and years ago when I beat my addictions I found it easier than I find keeping depression at bay. I am generally a happy person, very energetic and upbeat. Shit, for the most part I am the one a lot of people turn to when they feel down! So when depression gets me I truly find it so hard to deal with because its not something I am used to feeling. Continue reading

A Wonderful and Memorable Moment of Delight (Challenge)


The above photo isn’t the worlds best example of photography prowess , however people, it is connected to a moment of absolute delight for the woman known to the child in it as Nana J; yep that’s me…good old Nana J!¬†

Let me tell you how energy and life high I was on after I present this simple little doll  to my grand daughter. ( doll is also in picture and was a gift from a wonderful woman named Joyce S.) When I presented the doll to little E.J. she immediately gave it a hug and then quickly informed me, in a very silly manner, that the dolly needed its diaper changed! After a quick and quite efficient imaginary diaper change we began to play tickles with the dolly. Now as sweet as the whole encounter was up until this point the ABSOLUTE RANDOM DELIGHT cam in the form of fits of unadulterated belly giggles that ensued! Hearing my grand daughter giggle so happily was infectious and the next thing I knew we were giggling so hard I had tears running down my cheeks from laughing! We spent may minutes in her adorable bedroom on her little toddlers bed just playing and laughing without a care in the world or anyone else for that matter.

This folks was as still is one of the most delightful moments of my life. I will never forget the sound of her giggles and I strive every time I see her to hear those peals of laughter again! I floated on air for the rest of that day and when I think about it even now I feel so delightfully uplifted that I swear I am floating five feet of the ground.

In closing I say this to you all…never ail to enjoy those random moments of joy and delight. You never know when they will pop up so when they do you should do yourself and your soul the favor of noticing them an cherishing them! These moments have made my life richer and when times are rough they help to make things more bearable. If I could write¬†perscriptions I would write every person on Earth a perscription for a regular dose of random moments of delight!

Blessing To You All.

Here’s a link to The Random Moments of Delight Blog to share your moments and read others.¬†

‚ÄúThe lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ‚ÄĚ
‚Äē Goldie Hawn


Like the Phoenix of myth one may find themselves feeling burnt and done but never give in. Pull yourself up, gather your souls strength and rise again to try again!!!!!!!

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