February Update

It’s right there in front of me. The blank screen, and the knowledge that I need to write something. Right there. Everytime I check, that blank screen is staring at me like, “Ha. Ha. You ain’t wrote a thang. You’ve failed already, and it ain’t even noon, yit.” (Yeah, my inner voice really does talk like that.) And, while the screen might be blank, I don’t have any idea if it is staring at me or not; I can’t see it. That’s just how I feel. It’s the enemy sneaking his whiny voice in, trying to make me feel like such a failure that I shut the computer and go sit down and mope.

But, I’ve done my share of moping, and I’m tired of that. Tired of letting fear of failure keep me from succeeding. So, here I am writing with no clear plan, just a desire to write and hoping to encourage someone else.

Found a song that encouraged me. Sharing the link to it on Youtube. Let it preach to you as it did me. “Fear is A Liar”


What am I working on?

I’ve been writing on a historical romance set in pre Revolutionary War Virginia. Here’s a blurb I came up with to tell you what it’s about. On route to the colonies to evangelize the settlers and savages, Gabriel Mackenzie is captured and sold to a woman desperate to save her farm. I began outlining this story last February. So far I’m about 27 thousand words into it. There is a jealous neighbor, a pirate or 2, and a Shawnee family. Things are about to get interesting. 😉

Also, I just finished another manuscript and sent it to n editor friend of mine. It’s a short story about a man who became paralyzed in a diving accident when he was a teenager. I’m hoping to publish later this Spring. It’s a moving story that will make you cry and laugh and appreciate the little things like being able to take a breath on your own. I can’t wait to share it with you, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, I’ve been concentrating on homeschooling my girls and doing some reading. Wit the end of the school year in sight, I’m pushing, pushing, pushing myself and my girls, so that when spring break time comes, we can take a few days off without any worries. And the reading, well, it’s a mixed bag of stuff. But, it’s making me think, encouraging me and allowing my brain to rest up for those times when I cram in a few thousand words in one day. At least, I’m praying that’s the kind of writing I’ll be doing once school is out. 🙂

Books I’ve read lately include:

“What Lies Within” by Karen Ball. (Great story. Loved it)

“Miranda Warning” by Heather Day Gilbert, an author right here in West Virginia that you definitely should check out 🙂

“Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller” by Sarah Elizabeth Miller

“Crossfire” by Susan May Warren,

“Troubled Waters” by Susan May Warren. I think I read that one all at once, staying up till morning to finish.

“Anna’s Crossing” by Suzanne Woods Fisher, another one I stayed up almost all night to finish.

“I’ll Be There” by Susan May Warren. Read that one twice. Or, was it three times? (Great characters)

Do you see a pattern here? LOL I devour books.

Books I’m reading but have not finished yet include:

“The Wedding Chapel” by Rachel Hauck, (Great story so far, but I don’t care for the narrators of the audiobook)

“Kaleidoscope Eyes” by Karen Ball,

“God’s Daughter” by Heather Day Gilbert,

“A Place at Our Table” by Amy Clipston, (Amish book with a surprise n it)

“Caroline: Little House, Revisited” by Sarah Elizabeth Miller, (Great imagery)

Q: Why have I not finished these books?

A: Lots of reasons. One reason is because when I bought a new iPhone, I lost several and need to redownload them. Another reason is I couldn’t finish all at once, and life caught up with me. Usually, though, when life slows back down, I’ll pick them up and finish them and say, “Why didn’t I finish that earlier?” 🙂

Well, school’s about over for this Monday, the sink full of dishes is laughing at me, the laundry needs put away, and I have some music to practice. So, I’ll end this update for now by asking you, my faithful readers, what have you read lately? What books have stuck with you, encouraged you or made you think? Drop me a comment or send an email to sjwells1611@gmail.com. Would love to hear from you.


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