Words Escape Me
I'm a little late with my blog post this week because I'm at a loss for words. That''s sort of disconcerting for an author when you think about it, However, as much as I try to put it off, I promised myself I would faithfully write a blog post every week so that is what I'm going to try to do now.
Sometimes, life just gets a little more difficult than we would like for it to be. Things don't go our way, or we are surprised at the turn of events which put us on an entirely different course than what we believed it would be. Authors call it a plot twist when writing, but in life, I'm calling it what it is...an unfortunate set back. And that's where I am right now. Dealing with a set back. But, I will be fine. Better than fine. Because this plot twist is going to bring strength and a sense of new beginnings. Once the bruises heal.
As I've pondered what path I'm going to take from here, I've tossed all kinds of things out there. Once I got past the original revelation. The path I'm going to take is make some pretty drastic plans for my future, and I'm excited about it. I"m exploring the option of retiring to Ireland in a couple of years. I think in my heart and soul that is where I belong. And I've researched what I need to do in order to make that move. It's a big prospect, but how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I envision a thatched cottage with a peat fire on a rainy day with my trusty laptop and cup of Barry's tea. Writing more books for my readers to enjoy. That's the cool thing about being an author, you can write anywhere.
Don't get me wrong, it's going to be extremely difficult to leave my family here in the United States, but my daughters have lives of their own and families of their own and I am confident they have built their lives to bring happiness to themselves and that's all I ever wanted for them, Besides, Ireland is only an 8 hour or so plane ride away.
Okay, enough of that. I haven't been at a loss of words when it comes to my latest book in process. In fact, I'm really enjoying writing it. Nothing like burrowing into a world of mystery, magic and romance. Seasons of the Witch-Book 1-Samhain is well under way and I hope to have it ready to release within the next few months. I also hope to have The Magical Clan of O'Reilly-Book 1-Shannon ready to go by the late fall.
One thing I'm excited about is St. Patrick's Day. I've got the day off and that evening a friend and I are going to see Rhythm of the Dance at the Paramount Theater in Anderson, IN. I absolutely love Irish music and cannot wait to see the dancers. Something I wasn't able to do on our short trip to Ireland last fall. So, we will be sitting in the balcony next Friday night to see this amazing show. Before I go, I am going to make a traditional Irish dinner using my new cookbook. I haven't quite decided what dish yet but a few of my favorites are colcannon, bangers and mash, or Guinness stew. I may just have to flip a coin!
I've gotten through all the available seasons of Outlander and now I'm waiting (impatiently) for Season 7 this summer. The Mayflower Witches first season is over as is the first season of Interview with a Vampire. I'm at a loss for what the heck to dive into next because Yellowstone and 1923 are on break too. I'm looking for suggestions folks!
As far as reading, I'm on Book 8 of Wendy Wang's Witches of Palmetto Point. I'm at a total of 15 books for 2023 with a goal of 52. I wanted to get a head start due to my travel plans this year. Of course, I could always read on planes and in hotel rooms, right?
I'm going to close out for now. Thanks for bearing with me and thank you for following my blog!