New books I have been reading

I am adding some book reviews to my Window Seat page.  Feel free to visit and check out the books.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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Get in the wheelbarrow!

This book I am reading talked about the dare devil who would walk across the Niagra Falls on a tight rope.  He decided to do one better and told everyone in town that the following saturday he would push someone across the rope in a wheelbarrow. 

He was standing outside the pub when he heard one gentleman tell another I believe he can do it and I have this much money to bet.  He was amused so he went to the gentleman and said he was so glad the man had so much faith in him, because he needed someone to get in the wheelbarrow!  HA!!!

I laughed out loud.  That is a great visual picture of what we are supposed to do when God nudges us to follow him.  We say all the time we are believers, but are we really?  Are we willing to get in the wheelbarrow and be pushed across the millions of gallons of water falling over a cliff?  Really? 

I sometimes have trouble talking about my faith with people I know and trust.  Am I going to put myself out their for perfect strangers to ridicule me too?  That is what God wants us to be willing to do.  Faith, belief, trust, love… The end result is that God will have a good result.  Faith, belief, trust, love….  That is what we are ordered to do.  If we don’t we have nothing.

Inspiration comes from everywhere…

My bed and breakfast story came to me while reading a book by Nora Roberts, Sanctuary.  It’s a very dark and kind of scary story, but has some nice inlays which gave me inspiration.  The scenery was beautifully described and one scene in particular stuck with me through the dreary and sad story. 

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That Darn Economy!

Sheila rolled over and tried in vain to pry her tired eyes open to view the glowing red lights at her side.  She squinted against her exhaustion and saw the clock read 3:00 am. 

What!  She bolted from the bed and grabbed the phone from its cradle.  She knew it had to be an emergency if someone was calling at this hour. 

Her mother wept on the other end of the line.

“What is it mom?”  She asked timidly

She had flashbacks of her cousin’s death ten years earlier.  It was the first experience she had with death that was so close to her.  The call came in and she stood frozen as her mother replayed the details of the swimming accident. 

She stood in the same place now and listened intently while her mother told her that her Grandmother had passed.  She knew her mother was explaining what had happened, but she quit listening as soon as the harsh truth hit her. 

“No more Grandma?”  She whispered to herself.  “Oh my gosh!”

She shook her head to wake from the trance she had just fallen into.  Her mother was now giving details of what would happen next.

“Do you have this whole thing planned out already?”  Sheila asked her mother with an unkind edge to her voice.

“Your grandmother has not been feeling well for quite some time.  She wanted everything set before she went.”  Her mother said devoid of emotion.  She knew her mother must be exhausted and overwhelmed with all she was going through. 

“I am sorry mom, really really sorry!  I will have to tie up some things at work tomorrow and I will be in the car after lunch.  I will be home tomorrow night to help you with what ever you need.  What should I bring you from here?”  Sheila tried to be more upbeat for her mother’s sake.

20 Wishes

What does that mean to you?  When I saw the book title I thought, that sounds like a cute and quick read.  The book is one by Debbie Macomber who is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite authors.  She captures women’s hearts like no one else.  Except maybe Barbara Delinsky, but I still think Debbie is better!

So I start to read the book and it starts out much the same as her others.  All of the books involve women, thier families and their friends.  But the particular series that has me wowed is called the Blossom Street series.  The women periodically change from book to book, but they all have something to do with the stores and restaurants on Blossom Street.  There are many instances where previous characters creep into the current book and I love that! 

Anyway, back to the twenty wishes.  These women got together and decided to compile a list of twent wishes they had always had.  These were not to be resolutions or goals, simply somthing they had always longed to do.  As you can guess many things happen to these women through out the course of the book and their lives become more entertwined as the pages turn.  They share a deep bond and I think only women can relate to that kind of bond.  I won’t go into detail about the wishes, because I think you should read the book and find out for yourself, but I will say that the list becomes contagious and each person that hears about it wants to start their own.  And one of those people is me!

I am going to compile a list of twenty wishes and blog about them.  With the impending birth of my son I may get side tracked once in awhile, but I am hoping to blog everyday.  That is a goal not a wish!

I hope you will enjoy the ride with me as I discover what it is that I have always wanted to do!  Visit my Twenty Wishes page frequently to find out how it’s going.

Becoming a writer

With the numerous re-writes I have done to part 1 of my great American love story I wonder if I will ever finish it!

No one ever says to you when you aspire to be a writer that it is going to be a series of writes and re-writes and more re-writes.  The movies and books I have read about authors all paint it as easy as sitting in front of a window with a view and having it all pour out of them right into a best seller – HA!  Not so much!

It’s hard work!  Of course it’s hard work that I love and had no idea I would love.  I have always known since I was a little girl that I wanted to tell my stories in the written form, but editing and trying to make them better were always so much of a bother to me.  Now that I really have something of substance to work with it’s actually kind of fun!  And I have to give my friends at CW props, because they are helping me through this step by step. 

Just as so many other times in my life I thought I knew everything, I realize now how very little I know:)  Just part of growing up I guess.  Being 32 I thought I was grown, but apparently I have a lot to learn yet!  Be patient my name will be in enormous block letters at the top of a best selling novel yet!  One can dream anyway:)

Barbara

For quite awhile now I have been reading a series of novels by one woman.  She has captured everything I aspire to be as a writer!  Barbara Dlinsky is a master at making me feel like her scenery is right outside my window.  I can see it with my own eyes.  She is a gifted individual and exactly the type of writer I love to read.  I hope she never stops!  And the greatest tid bit is that she did not start wrtiting novels until late in life.  I have time.  I am not to late:)

Thank you Barbara!