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End or Beginning?

cropped-img_1053-e14965006745141.jpgWhen I was a little girl, the time dragged slowly, except for summer vacation; then it just flew past. But now the opposite is true. It is hard to believe that 2017 is drawing to an end. With Halloween approaching in a little over two weeks, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it. So, I ask myself: is the end of the year the end or the beginning? To me, the answer is both. It is the end of 2017 and everything that it brought to us–the good and the bad. Nationally, it has been strange and stressful. On a personal level, it has been a good year. I have grown more confident with my writing. If I had to choose my “proudest” moment as a new writer, it would be when I received the email that my story, “My Joe: A Reflection,” was going to be published in the June issue of Edify Magazine. If you haven’t read it, click on edifyfiction.com/issues and it’s on page 17 of the June issue. (But read through all of the issues. The stories and poems are wonderful). Anyway, I’ve since self-published a novelette and novel, have been learning a lot about promoting, and continue to work on my writing. So, as it comes to an end, I can say I have had a good year; and it is the beginning of a lot more of these good things to come. How has your year been?

Phyllis

 

One Of Those Days. . .

Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to hide and not let anyone see you? And where you feel like you’re spinning your wheels? That’s how my day was today. Running around, doing things that had to be done; and here it is almost 10:30 PM and I feel as though nothing was accomplished. But, there’s always tomorrow!  By the way, meet Lars. He had one of those days, too.

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New Site, Fresh Start

cropped-img_2226.jpgThere comes a time in life when a fresh start is called for and this is one of them. I have re-designed my website/blog to make it more attractive and, hopefully, to draw more readers.

Writing is to me what a piece of wood is to a wood turner. While I start with a blank screen or piece of paper, the wood turner has a piece of wood that is going to be turned into a beautiful bowl, vase, etc. It takes hours, months, and even years to write the story that has been an “idea” for a long time. But then it starts to flow and, with a lot of dedication and time, I turn it into something meaningful. At least I hope that it is meaningful. Continue reading “New Site, Fresh Start”

Drug Epidemic

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I remember telling my husband about 30 years ago that if the drug problem continued, it was going to be the destruction of the family system. No, I didn’t have a crystal ball that let me see into the future; I had a child that was making the wrong decisions. Since that time, the problem has multiplied I don’t know by how much. And yes, families have been destroyed. Thank goodness mine wasn’t, but many were. That’s what “Envelopes of Hope” is about–hope and family support.

The reader accompanies Amanda as she becomes more and more involved with drugs and the lifestyle that may come with it. Although months may pass, and even years, when they don’t hear from her, Amanda’s parents never give up hope that she will change her life around. And they do whatever they can to help her.

“Envelopes of Hope” is for anyone who is dealing with one of life’s difficult situations, whether it is drugs or anything else. I hope you read it, and that Amanda’s journey helps you with whatever your journey may be.

Take care.
Phyllis

Available on Amazon in paperback and e-book formats.

Now available on Barnes and Noble Nook/e-book.

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Time of Year

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Fall is my favorite time of year. The temperature starts to cool down; the leaves will start to change color; and the holidays will be approaching. Oh–wait a minute! In South Florida, only the third occurs.

I’ve lived in Florida for forty-six years and am still trying to adjust. Of course, I do realize that it’s not going to happen. I miss the seasons and the cool temperatures. Like I said, I will never adjust. But I find ways to compensate. One is through my writing. Everything I write takes place in New England, or as southerners say, “up north.” I don’t miss the mid- west but I love New England, with my two favorite places being Massachusetts and Vermont. I love the fall with the leaves changing and the cold temperatures. (People laugh when I tell them I have a full winter wardrobe so that I can make my “escape” but it’s true). Last year we had a snow weekend in Boston and it was wonderful. So, writing and traveling is how I escape to where I want to be. Why doesn’t she move, you’re wondering. Well, I always said that when my husband retired we would go. And we didn’t. Then the plan was that we would go when I retired. Two years later, here we are. We don’t want to leave our children and grandchildren. But for now, it’s okay because next month we are going to Vermont and in January we’ll travel to Boston. Some would say that it’s the best of both worlds. What do I say to that??? I’ll let you guess.

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Phyllis

 

Have you Suffered a Loss?

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Have you suffered a loss through death, abandonment, divorce or abuse? Yes, these are some of the various kinds of loss that people may suffer from. And we have all, at one time or another, had loss in our life. How do we deal with it and move on? Can grief be resolved? Read about Maggie Sinclair in my novel, “When Shadows Linger.” Maggie became a young widow when her husband died tragically in a car accident. As she attempts to move on in life, she repeatedly turns to her late husband for his support. He appears to her in various forms, such as a shadow, a soft touch and eventually in person. A therapist, Maggie also works at resolving her own grief by helping her clients with their losses.
The setting of the story is in beautiful Vermont. Laugh and cry with Maggie as she seeks happiness.”When Shadows Linger” is available on Amazon in paperback and as an ebook.
Phyllis

A Special Request

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If you haven’t already read “My Joe: A Reflection” on edifyfiction, please do. It is a heart-warming short-story filled with a love and devotion that continues over generations. I would also ask you to leave a comment by clicking on the icon on the first page of the story (page 17) or on this blog. I really am anxious to read your opinion.

http://online.anyflip.com/lxwv/owfg/mobile/index.html#p=18

Take care.

Phyllis