Sharing a very personal blog with you this week. We're just back from a 12-day, 1,000-mile road trip for a family wedding in Connecticut followed by a stop in Pennsylvania for more family visits and a train collector's meeting for JM (Yes, I'm married to a major RailFan).
But I made time to energize with walks along the Connecticut coast, where I played as a child.
Love to have your company on the video beach stroll you'll read more about below.
Then please pop over to my guest post for a read on Anne R. Allen's blog. Anne's is one of "Writers' Digest" top101 websites for writers, so you know I'm doing the happy dance to write for her.
Beach Walk to Find My Happy Place
It was a crazy-busy trip. Hectic and joyous. Slept in 4 different places in 12 days, often waking up and forgetting where I was.
Wedding ceremony and reception were perfection. Bride and groom glowed. My sister, now 6 months cancer-free after 16 weeks of chemo, was radiant and such an incredible blessing. My two Niecelette Flower Girls were sweetest of all, IMHO.
However, taking time to help our nonagenarian dad decide what to do with Mama's belongings was draining.
She was quite a collector, and tons of Mama's things remain stacked in bins in the basement, begging for a home. I'm heartsick to think about losing her treasures and doing my best to save them.
I plucked a piggy bank Mama let me play with as a child from from a pile destined for the dump. I remember being tempted to drop coins into Mr. Piggy, but I never wanted to smash him open to retrieve my money. Now Mr. Piggy basks in his new home in North Carolina. I pass him every day and smile at the memories he brings.
Notice the seashell next to Mr. Piggy? The ocean has always been my happy place. It settles me somehow. Puts life in perspective and helps me see the possibilities. That's why I took time to wander the Connecticut shore, where I played as a child. As with Mr. Piggy, it brings so many wonderful memories.
Best, immersion in that coastal setting brought ideas for my WIP, even though my third Sweet T Tale uses North Carolina's shore as its backdrop. Ocean strolls, no matter where, are the best tonic for getting into my writerly groove. Walking the shore also means notching up my video and digital camera skills....both of which I am eternally learning.
Please join me along the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound for a short video to bring a smile to your busy day HERE:
btw….it’s still chilly in New England during April, so bundle up with a warm jacket. Maybe hat and gloves, too, as shore breezes pick up.
Yippy - Doing a Happy Dance and Guest Post
I'm over the moon to be guesting on Anne R. Allen's blog this week. In addition to penning her RomCom novels, she offers awesome tips for writers on her award-winning blog. And just as with her novels, always with wit and a wink-wink.
My post steps out how to be R*A*R*E and learn the unwritten ‘rules’ of building a virtual community. Whether you’re an author, blogger, or budding entrepreneur, being R*A*R*E is key to establishing or strengthening your online connections.
There's also a juicy resource list at the end of the post from wise social media gurus (of course, Anne is one of them!) who helped me get up and running. You'll want to bookmark them, too.
Would love to have you click over for a read on Anne's blog HERE
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