Sunday, August 25, 2019

Characters Who Are... Pastors or Teachers

Back to school time means that it's time to think about those who lead us. Pastors and teachers carry significant responsibilities in our communities, and reading about them is just one way of honoring them. So whether you pick up a fictional story about a pastor or teacher or a nonfiction book written by a church leader or anything in between that pays tribute to pastors or teachers, those books all count for September's reading challenge.

Monday, August 19, 2019


This past weekend was really busy. A Texas Rangers game, a birthday celebration, time spent with friends and family... It was wonderful!

It left zero time for my blog.

And today I am not feeling creative at all.

So I'm catching up on some internet stuff. I just finished sending some welcome letters for a Goodreads group I help moderate, and I have some book planning to do for an upcoming team game.

I thought I would have a book review for you today, but the weekend zoomed by without my finishing the book. Therefore, that will have to wait until another week.

Since I'm not exactly sure what to chat about today, how about y'all help me out?

What is keeping you busy this summer?

Please tell me I'm not the only one who finds herself so busy!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Vacation Recovery

My family and I went to Corpus Christi and San Antonio a couple of weeks ago, and I feel like I'm still recovering. I totally understand what people mean when they say they need a vacation from their vacation. Haha!

Our vehicle's A/C went out a couple days prior to the trip, so we relied heavily on rolled-down windows and the breeze that God sent at wonderful nearly-too-hot moments... and places that had working air conditioning. The temperatures weren't as hot as they could have been, for which I was so grateful. One of my favorite places we visited was the aquarium in San Antonio, but the river walk was another favorite. I'm not a fan of the boat trips, so we didn't do one of those this time, but walking up and down the narrow sidewalks is always a fun thing for my family and me.

At one of the three beaches we went to, we saw a live crab in its natural habitat. I never thought I'd see one in person outside of aquariums or zoos that have aquarium-type sections, and I think I'm still in happy shock about it. We saw a crab! He was much too fast to snap a picture of, especially since I didn't have my phone on me while wading (better safe than sorry, for it wouldn't take too well to the water if I slipped or something).

The first few days of our trip were still a part of Camp NaNoWriMo, so I would sneak in a couple hundred words once we were back at the rental house for the evening. My total for July was over 54,600 words toward a new (and very messy) draft of a brand-new story. I'm not really sure how to wrap up this draft, but I know I'll have to rip apart this current draft, taking it down to its bare bones and search for the potential hidden deep within them before I can re-flesh it out in a much easier-to-digest manuscript. Other rounds of edits will still have to happen, but my hope is that they will be a lot easier than this first one will be.

Since I've taken a break from writing for over a week now, and since we're home from the trip, I've been catching up on laundry and washing dishes and unpacking and doing other things around the house. I still have another two weeks off from work (I love my tutoring schedule!), and I'm trying to make good use of the time to accomplish chores and reading and watching classic movies on TCM (I discovered I enjoy Red Skelton last Friday; I'd never really seen much of his work before then), and I'll be getting back to writing this week as well.

And apparently, I'm also writing up a summary of random things in this article, because my brain's still too worn out from the trip to be creative right now. I'm hoping to be back to normal next week.

Tell me about you.
How is your summer going?
Did your family and you go anyplace?
What's your favorite thing to do when you have time off from work?

Monday, August 5, 2019

Run Well

We all have choices to make along life's journey. Some are as easy as right verses wrong. Others are more complex with no clear right or wrong answer.

The most important thing about making these choices is to make sure whichever one we make is lined up with God's will. Prayer and time spent in the Bible are crucial for hearing God's direction in our lives.