Busy and Blessed

Days are shorter, and the air is cooler. I’ve pulled out my moccasins, which really need replaced for a newer pair and my fuzzy, Christmas pants. The family is talking about shopping for Christmas and asking who is coming over for Thanksgiving. Yet, 4 days ago, most of WV was under a tornado watch. Crazy, isn’t it?

Just this morning I received chapter 8 of my audiobook, “You Belong to Me”. It’s fun to hear a narrator’s take on a story that, until now has only been in my head. Of course, I can read the copy saved on my mac, but to hear it read aloud is a different story. Pun intended. 🙂

The narrator for this particular book is doing an excellent job. Usually, the problems I notice are entirely my doing. More and more, I am convinced, authors should hear their books before ever publishing them. But, my mistakes have not dampened my excitement for this story. I can’t wait to share it with you all.

Speaking of audiobooks, I’ve been doing a lot of reading, lately. three of the books listed below are rereads, though. In no particular order, here are my most recent reads.

“I Can Only Imagine: a Memoir” by Bart Millard

“A City Not Forsaken” by Gilbert Morris and Lynn Morris

“Island of the Innocent” by Gilbert Morris and Lynn Morris

“Driven with the Wind” by Gilbert Morris and Lynn Morris

“The Dream” by Gilbert Morris

“Ever After: a Nantucket Brides Novel” by Jude Deveraux

“Prey” by Linda Howard

“Year of Wonders: a Year of the Plague” by Geraldine Brooks

“Women of Coal” Randall Norris and Jean-Philippe Cypres

This last one I finished around 12:30 this morning. It’s a fascinating book of stories about women living in the coal fields. They are teachers, house wives, medical professionals, activists, and some are even miners, themselves. They talk of growing up in the coal camps of Appalachia, working with miners and their families, working with children of miners, feeding workers on the picket lines, speaking out against the miners not getting the benefits due them, and how they handle a workplace dominated by men. It’s a great resource for the book I am currently writing, and I’ll probably go back through it again.

As if writing a new book and reviewing chapters for my audiobook, plus homeschooling my girls wasn’t enough, I’m thinking of starting a newsletter. I would like to connect with you, my readers on a more personal level. Is that something you all would be interested in, getting emails from me about once a month or so? Comment below, if you’re interested.

It’s the month when writers are working toward that goal of 50 thousand words, kids are excited about time off school, families are gearing up for the holidays, hunters are out hunting, and believers are posting verses about being thankful on their social media sites. I’m honestly getting tired of social media, but I never get tired of sharing my favorite Scriptures. So, I’ll leave you with the one that always comes to mind in November.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”


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