My Writing Journey

Welcome, it has been a little over a year since I started on the journey of my blog site. I have to say thank you to all that have followed, liked, and commented. You have inspired me to continue to move forward with these posts.

Even some of you have supported me in my career as an Author. I greatly appreciate it. I have to say it has been a struggle. For anyone that thinks writing a good book is easy. I am proof to tell you it is not. It is a lot of hard work, especially when you are an Indie Author.

Why? Good question, wherein traditional publishing helps you with all the steps that need to be taken to get the book published and noticed. Yes, I mean help with some of the marketing side. As an Indie Author, if all falls on the Indie Author to do everything. If one has the money, they can outsource some of the duties. Otherwise, the Indie Author has a full plate to make their career successful.

This year has had a lot of ups and down, besides the Covid-19 virus. It was a sad time when we lost my Mother-in-Law. May she rest in peace. Plus, one of my favorite actors of all time Sean Connery. The bad reviews I got, which I am thankful for it helped me to understand what I did wrong. I have since fixed. Yes, I hope to get all the errors out with the first book, so when I move on to the second, it flows more smoothly.

Yes, this did put Book Two – Dragon Squad behind my schedule. However, I am now back on Dragon Squad, has it planned to Launch on February 28, 2021, my birthday. In support of this, I have put Dragon Fusion on sale. Dragon Squad will be up for pre-sale in a couple of weeks. I will let you know the exact date.

Some other things for you to watch for will be the Reveal of Book Two Book Cover. Also, I will be holding several virtual online book signing of Dragon Fusion Paperback. We will have prizes. All this will take place in November.

One more thing, I almost forgot to mention. When Dragon Squad goes up for Presale, anyone that buys a book before the launch day will go into a pot for a drawing to win a tremendous gift on the day of Launch. Yes, if you buy more than one, you get an entry for each one. I will reveal the prize on Launch Day.

I am excited we are going to have some fun, as you can tell. So if you don’t want to miss any of these wonders dates, please sign up for my email so you will get a notification. As some of you know, depending on how the algorithm is working will depend if you get to see these such post on a particular platform.

If you liked this post, please like and share to get the word out to all. I hope to see you soon.

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Doom’s Day – Election Day!

Welcome, today is election day.

Yes, I know the last thing you want to do is stand in those long lines with all the people to fill out the ballet.

You might be wondering, is it even worth it?

Well, the only way to find out is to have your voice heard.

I have to say. I believe this year’s election is going to be an interesting, long, drawn-out one. There is so much of a division within our country. Plus, the fear of outside influences doesn’t help matters. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that it may or may not happen. It is sad, we stand divided right now, but if a tragedy occurred from abroad, we would unite as a Nation. Why can’t we come together as a Nation without a tragic event such as 9/11 to unite us as a country?

The reason I called this blog post-Doom’s Day? Because it’s the way, I feel. Never before have I felt an election could make or break our country like this one.

All I can say is I pray both parties can resolve their conflict quickly so we can get back to taking care of our economy, which will lead to taking care of the people within this country.

It is sad our country is broke. Think about it as you sit down to do your monthly budget for personal or business. Never in your wildest dreams would you allow yourself to become 24 Trillion dollars in debt because you would be bankrupt before that happened. In knowing this, you would cut your budget to get it to meet the budget.

If we don’t bring the manufacturing jobs back home to the United States, we as a country won’t survive. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. The budget needs to be cut drastically.

I know I will piss off a lot of higher-ups. But their salaries need to be the first to be slashed. The American people are living off far less. If we can do it, so can you. Yes, you are apart of our government. However, you put on your pants the same way we do. We make this country as a whole.

We, the people, need to hold our government to the standards the rest of us live by. They get paid an enormous amount while we the people are barely scraping by. The money needs to help pay down the debt caused by the massive printing of money, lowering the value of the dollar.

America used to be self-preserving. We need to become so again. I got in a fight with a younger gentleman on social media because he wanted the minimum wage to go up. I instructed him every time the minimum wage went up, so did everything else across the board (housing, rent, food, utilities, and gas). It didn’t help anyone. The only thing that will help this situation is to lower the cost of living.

I fear for the fate of our country. Please, have a blessed day!

Covid-19 Update

Well, here in Texas, we have seen a spike in the number of cases. As of now, we have 242,007 cases.

This past weekend we went to the local store near our house. When we went inside, it had become the norm for people to wear no masks. However, this time everyone in the store had a on a mask.

The store was even busier than usual. One employee in the store she had to call in help for the line was longer than I have ever seen it before.

As the case rises, I fear we will be in for lockdowns again. It was nice to have somewhat of normal freedom. I hope we can maintain our freedom by wearing masks.

Good friends of ours are now in quarantine because they had some people over to visit who end up quarantined.

Now, my husband is sick. I am praying he doesn’t have the virus, and it’s just a cold.

When you decide to go out of your house, please take precautions to protect yourself and your family. Be safe!

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What is National Novel Writing Month?

Yes, today is the first day of November, marking the beginning of NaNoWriMo, which means we have roughly 30-days to write 50,000 words.

Are you participating in this challenge?

If you are, I hope you have all your notes, research, and other stuff together you have planned out that way, you’ll have no trouble making your challenge become a reality.

By some chance, you have not gotten everything together. Fear not. You still have time. Start with what you have run with it and strive to achieve that goal. You can do it.

As we go through this month, I will be posting periodic updates on how well I am achieving my goal. I encourage all participating to drop a line below in the comments below about you are fairing with this challenge.

This is a time when writers come together. We help each other with inspiring words plus encourage to write more. So as to make our goals.

In completing this challenge, we are that much closer to having one more book almost finished for our awaiting fans that are drooling for the next release.

Good luck to all my fellow authors.

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Fright Night!

Yes, tonight is Fright Night. So you better be careful and look around each corner as you walk down the road because you never know what might be hiding on the other side.

You might be stalked by something mysterious in the shadows behind you. It could be a ghoul, goblin, vampire, witch, werewolf, monster, or ghost.

Make sure you have plenty of light with you so you can see what is sneaking up on you. Is it a child in a costume, or is it an actual creature of the night?

One prominent place you might want to avoid is the cemeteries. Forsyth zombies come alive, and they will be stalking about out for fresh brains. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to become one of the creepy, creepy zombies.

The thing you want to do is hit every house with a light on. So, you can collect all the wonderful candy. But you want to make sure to check your candy. To make sure there are no puncture holes in it, or you will be sick if not dead.

Delicious candy in hand. You might want to eat only a few pieces at a time. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a massive belly ache.

As you venture out of your home this Halloween night, remember to be safe from all the freight that might happen this very night.

Happy Holloween, my ghoulish friends.

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Final Preptober – Are You Ready?

Welcome! It’s a rainy day, which always puts me in a lazy mood, with only two days left to finalize your preparations.

What does this mean?

Means I need to get into gear. I still have a lot of research to get done.

How about you?

Yes, my layout is, for the most part, filled in. Which is a good thing that way, as I write, I’ll know the track for my storyline to take to get to the destination I have in mind.

If you haven’t started? Well, now the time. You want to be as prepared as possible to be able to write 50,000 words within a month.

One thing you will need to do is plan out a calendar for the month. Mark off the days you won’t be writing. Due to family time and holidays.

Next, you will want to figure out the number of words you will want to per day to make your goal.

Winning NaNoWriMo is possible. It’s not easy. It will require a lot of commitment, but you can do it.

No matter if you write your outline on index cards or in a notebook. You want to leave room for ideas and notes as you move forward. Plus, the more research you can accomplish before you start, the more time it leaves you to write.

Don’t worry about having it perfect. You can change, add, or delete things in the editing process. The main goal is to get the story told. If you get from the beginning to the end with only 50,000 words, you can always add more after the fact.

It can be a fun challenge. Good luck. I hope you make your goal.

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A Time To Relax

Have you ever gone to the waterside to listen to the waves?

Well, that is what Cliff and I did with our family last weekend.

There was a park in Surfside. It was a most enjoyable day with a playground for the kids to play on. Fishing to be done—the beauty of watching as the water came in to splash on the rocks.

Got to see big ships as they came in and out of the channel. The tugboats made sure they maneuvered the channel with no problems.

The seagulls flew about along with the blackbirds and the pelicans. It was interesting to watch the kids feed the birds. They would flock to the food then quickly took a flight to eat their food in the air. Otherwise, it would get stolen from another bird.

After watching the birds eat. It was time to fire up the pit then the hot dog went on until they turned a lovely shade of brown. Added some chips, it was a delicious meal.

Sun started to go down. The air turned cool as the breeze blew off the water. It was time to pack up to head for home—what a wonderful day.

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Why Is Journaling Important?

There are many reasons to do a journal.

It could be to express yourself whether you are angry or upset. Maybe you are happy and want to make a record of the experience. To read at a later time to remember how you felt.

As a writer, it essential to have a journal. To write interactions amongst people. It gives you a sense of what someone is doing.

Are they mysterious, or do they act confident? What do the people look like? Is there something that stands out to you? Their color of hair, their eyes, or maybe their body build. Could they be doing something that interests you? The way they hold their glasses. Lift their pinky finger while they drink hot tea.

A writer can use all these things when they build their characters.

Maybe one person had an attitude you liked. But another had the haircut that would fit your character. Or you heard a catchy name.

Not only can it be about people, but places as well. Is there a mural you liked you want to add to your scene in your story?

It is much easier to write all these good ideas than remember them in your head. I don’t know about you, but I have so much going on in my brain. I have learned it is best to write it down.

I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go. You never know when inspiration is going to hit you. If you have your journal, then you can capture it into words on paper to transform into a marvelous story for all to hear.

It can even be helpful to write a blog post.

How do you ask?

You might hear a discussion that is worth writing about or needs researching. Then you realize it wise to share with the world.

Maybe you try a new restaurant or coffee shop you think could be an idea to share. You will need to note down what you liked best about the place. Maybe even the person named that served you.

You could be on the pier to see something unique happen while someone is fishing or boating. It best to write it down while it is fresh in your mind.

A journal doesn’t just have to be about writing. It can be a journal of pictures as well. They can give you a lot of detail to look at to base your story.

You may want a way to keep up with everything you need to do during the day. A journal can be a great way to do this.

As you speak with a client, it can be a significant source to document their feelings, dreams, and what they hope to accomplish. You can read back at the office about each client you visited to know where you stand or what it is you need to check out to make notes. Did they have a specific problem?

You can see there are a lot of important reasons to have a journal. I personally love to write down the events that happen in my life, good or bad. So, I can go back to read all the things I have gone through in my life. The ups, the downs, and what I am grateful to have.

You can use a notebook, or you can even journal on your phone or computer. It all works.

Have you ever found a family member’s journal? Then sat down and read it to learn so much about their life you would never have known if you hadn’t read the book. If you don’t write in a journal, I encourage you to try. You might like it.

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Autumn Is Here!

Now that the temperature is no longer above a hundred, I make it a daily task to sit outside to enjoy the fresh air.

As the breeze blows off the Gulf, it keeps the temperature not too hot. I love this time of year. The leave change color to decorate the landscape. However, it happens a bit late here in Texas.

One day the sun headed west, for it was early evening. When I noticed all the blackbirds that are always about disappeared, or so I thought.

It wasn’t long before I realized they had all hidden under the surrounding trailers. I wondered why they had done such a thing.

Can you guess?

Yes, indeed, it was a bird of prey. The hawks had come into the area. Though the hawks flew high in the sky. The blackbirds didn’t take a chance.

As soon as the hawks left, the blackbirds were back in the trees and on the powerlines.

The only birds not effected by the hawks were the seagulls. I am not sure if it is their size or the fact they can be aggressive.

I have to say it was entertaining to watch as the birds flew fast to get into hiding before the hawks spotted them.

Since I have been out more, I have noticed this is pretty much a daily routine that the hawks come into the area as they search for food. I believe they have several nests in the trees across the street from us.

So far, I have counted eleven hawks. Sometimes they fly in a group. During other times they fly singly or in pairs.

It’s an honor to view the hawks. They are amazing birds. I’m glad not to be on their menu.

A challenge for you. Take some time to sit outside. Notice what is going on in your neck of the woods.

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The Thrill of Kemah Boardwalk

Houstonians sought a getaway from the busy city. They came to the Kemah Boardwalk, which is only 30 minutes southeast of Houston. It is a prime spot to look forward to boating, fishing, dining as well as shopping from boats to souvenirs. In 1997 Kemah boardwalk was formed now; it’s 60-acres large.

There is something for every one of all ages from the young kids to the grandparents to do, which makes it great for a family getaway.
If you’re looking for a romantic spot. With all listed below, no one should be without something to do.

Today Kemah Boardwalk is considered one of the premier boardwalks in the United States. The boardwalk has visitors from all over the world.
The fact this boardwalk is open year-round makes it easy for anyone to plan this as a vacation spot.

Theme Restaurants

Kemah Boardwalk has some of the best restaurants around, plus with the themes, it makes for a fun visit.

  • Aquarium Restaurant – Serves Lunch & Dinner with an Undersea inspired atmosphere with several massive tanks to go from the floor to ceiling round centerpiece aquariums. Also, the Stingray Reef where you can pet a Stingray. Plus Tropical Rainforest.
  • Lighthouse Buffet – Serves Lunch & Dinner has a buffet of 75 feet long, no formal here casual attire welcome.
  • Red Sushi – Serves Dinner has Japanese Cuisine, Sushi & Hibachi Grill. The chef does presentations at the tables.
  • Flying Dutchman – Serves Lunch & Dinner this is a Kemah icon it has a large waterfront patio to enjoy dining while watching the Clear Lake Channel.
  • Cadillac Bar – Serves Lunch & Dinner plus has a weekend Breakfast, not to mention they serve authentic Mexican Food.
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – Serves Lunch & Dinner inspired by the actual movie “Forest Gump” only restaurant concept based on a major motion movie. It is also a Market.
  • Landry’s Seafood House – Serves Lunch & Dinner very first restaurant to open Kemah Boardwalk. They to have a waterfront patio for dining upon.
  • Bayside Grille – Serves Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Saltgrass Steak House – Serves Lunch & Dinner inspired by Texas Saltgrass Cattle Drives.
  • Pizza Oven – Serves Lunch & Dinner with stone-hearth baked pizzas.

These rides are an experience one won’t forget anytime soon. Some will even put your stomach into your throat, so you better hold on tight.

Amusement Rides

  • Iron Eagle – two-seater zip line ride.
  • Wonder Wheel – Mini Ferris wheel.
  • Double Decker Carousel – 28 ft. with sea creatures plus animals.
  • Century Wheel – Ferris Wheel 65 ft. tall.
  • Boardwalk Express – CP Huntington Train (Miniature train)
  • Hypno Spin – tilt-a-whirl ride.
  • Boardwalk Tower – Observation tower rotates so the riders can see far and wide.
  • Jungle Bounce – Frog hoppers.
  • Aviator – Swing ride.
  • Boardwalk Bullet – high-speed wooden roller coaster 96 ft. tall 3,236 ft. long is built on one acre. It is one of the most compact roller coasters in the world. Speed of more than 51 mph.
  • Pharaoh’s Fury – pendulum boat ride swings back then forth.
  • Flare – 73 ft. tall, loop coaster ride.
  • Rockin Rocket – Rocking Rocket.
  • Boardwalk Beast – speedboat ride.
  • Drop Zone – Freefall tower ride (140 ft. tall).

Want other things to do these are great ideas:

  • Face painting
  • Pirate Ship (You’re at the Helm)
  • Dancing Fountain
  • Playground
  • Midway Game
  • Saltgrass Games
  • Main Stage
  • Palapa Stage
  • Beverage Kiosk
  • Arcade
  • Kemah Boardwalk Marina (400 slip Marina)
  • Boardwalk Fantasea – 133 passenger yacht is available for private events, but also does public dinner cruises are scheduled throughout the year.

Can’t leave without everyone having a souvenir or two. Not to mention all the beautiful apparel, bags, and accessories would look great on you for your next time you eat dinner out at one of the above restaurants. So you must not forget to check out the shops:

  • Saltgrass Junctions Store
  • Daiquiri Shack
  • Boardwalk Fun Shirts
  • Toy Crossing
  • Blayne’s Boardwalk Fashion
  • Surfs Up Shop
  • Thomas Kinkade Gallery
  • Treasures by the Bay
  • Violets are Blue
  • Kandy at Kemah
  • Sweet Scoop Ice Cream
  • The Pizza Oven
  • Funnel Cakes & More
  • Snack Express
  • Dippin Dots – Ice Cream Shop.
  • Sweet Scoops – Ice Cream (open 11 am).

Cooling Zone – Too hot, this is an excellent area for you to stop under. The cool mist comes down from above covers you allowing your body to cool off.

Artists – These artists have an exquisite vision they use when they draw your face into an artwork. You will be amazed you’ll want everyone to see hanging on the wall of your home. Also, a great reminder of the fun you had in the sun while at Kemah Boardwalk.

Boardwalk Inn – You must stay at our hotel, Boardwalk Inn, which is located right on the boardwalk itself. With 48 deluxe guest rooms and four master suites, offer a feel of a seaside retreat enhanced with nautical artwork, plus oversized bathrooms and all having private balconies overlooking the Boardwalk waterfront and Galveston Bay. It as so has a parking garage, so you don’t have to worry about your vehicle.

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