This Christmas ….

Another year, another time of doubt and turmoil. But this is our happy place. This is the place where we dream dreams and hear birds chirping. None of that whining and moaning and complaining that seems to fill the airwaves and make us all sad. I think we’ve all been spoiled and we might need a time out in the naughty box. Santa knows, doesn’t he? We want it all and we want it now. But the last two years have shown we can’t always get what we want…but we just might get what we need. Yes, I still like the Rolling Stones.

Sometimes all I need is a room with a view and a few hours of quiet so I can write the stories in my head. Other times, I need a long walk on the beach and a “come-to-Jesus-moment” where I tell myself to snap out of it and get back on track. As you may have noticed, I don’t blog a lot here. I used to blog every week on a group blog, and every other week on another blog. My life is not that exciting so when I set this one up, I told myself I’d only write here when I got inspired–somethig a writer usually can’t do. Wait for inspiration. But I’m not looking for sponsors, I’m not trying to grow my audience, or find my tribe. I don’t have the energy to gather a street team and tell them to go forth and make people buy my books. I do all that stuff on other social media platforms.

This is more of a place to write a long letter to a friend, or a short note to all of you. I will sometimes show off my books here, because, I have bills to pay. Especially shoe store bills and bookstore bills. But mainly, I want this to be a place where we can talk in quiet–without all the swiftness of FB, Twitter, or Instagram. This place is as slow and steady as a soft-moving creek, with trees lifting their heads to the wind and a fish jumping here or there. Maybe a heron will land and join us and show us how to walk to the shoreline.

This is why I started a blog, without a clue on how to maintain or create a blog. So as Adele would say, “take it easy on me.” I might not have magic content that drives those algorithms, but I do have words that can help someone smile or feel better. And after these last couple of years, we all need a quiet place to lay our heads, right?

So that’s it. I thank you all for buying my books. I’ve always been able to write things down better than vocalizing them in someone’s face. Books are my work and my escape. I still pinch myself at times because I can’t believe I get to make up stories for a living.

As the New Year arrives, think about your quiet places and share them with me here if you’d like. It’s always good to see the calm after the storm, to get through the dawn after the dark, to watch the sunset knowing it will rise again tomorrow, to hold out hope when you think there is no hope.

If you’re lonely, visit me here. I’ll listen. I promise. Here we eat, play, write and pray. Because reading a good book while sipping a nice beverage can create a wide space in a quiet place. That’s the beauty of words. They surround us and protect us and teach us, even in uncertains times. Bless all of you!!

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