#icebuckets and other fun stuff

Good morning!

I hope you are enjoying a SUNNY SUNDAY!

Some of you are friends on FB and have already seen this, but I wanted to share again because it’s important to me. Eight years ago yesterday I lost my mother to a disease called Progressive SupraNuclear Palsy. It’s a neurological disease that few have ever even heard of.

Here’s a link if you’d care to know about it. We went through many “maybes” when trying to get a diagnosis for her odd behaviors before we came to the diagnosis of PSP.  http://www.psp.org/

I’ve seen all the icebucket challenges posted on FB and decided to do my challenge to promote awareness for PSP. Here’s my video:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=753191578072624&set=vb.100001453657349&type=2&theater

Whether you do the challenge or not is a personal choice – I did it because I wanted people to know about PSP – we didn’t… My wish in posting this today is  that you support a cause you believe in – in your own way. I have many, but the exposure the icebucket challenge has received made me want to jump on the band wagon!

<3

Now for the fun stuff!

Keep an eye open on Wednesday the 27th on my FB page…. BE ACTIVE ON THE PAGE BETWEEN 8-9:30PM (FLA. east coast time)!

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbara-Stewart-Author/352239824808537

See you there!

B

 

Sleepy Saturday

Good morning…

I swear, I try to “sleep in” but my brain always has another idea.  I need an off switch. 🙂

I’m up early today because “Tate” was singing to “Maisie” in my ear and I had to come jot down what he was singing <3  I’m hoping to have the first rough draft to my Red Pen Mafia in the next couple of weeks. That doesn’t mean it’s done – just the ROUGH draft.

Someone asked me recently if I have a plan of how my stories will be laid out somewhere. You know, step by step what will happen… I can’t do it that way. The story evolves as I write, and I’ve gone back and said “THIS REALLY NEEDS TO GO HERE, NOT THERE” plenty of times. And I am learning that less is more. Some of you have told me that you could use less of the ‘what they’re doing and where they’re going’. So as I read back on what I’ve typed I ask myself ‘if it wasn’t there would it change the story’.  The BIGGEST thing for me is that you understand WHY I left it. EACH WORD I TYPE, EACH SENTENCE, EACH CHAPTER = I learn something new. That’s all I want. <3

I’ve had a busy week, and am glad for a bit of respite. Today, one of my beautiful nieces is coming and we are going to go for coffee and then… WAIT FOR IT…. we’re going fishing – walking our happy butts right into PetSmart and getting a betta fish! ha ha! I had one that was given as a gift and he didn’t make it, so I’ve had this empty fish bowl sitting on the counter since then. For my birthday, I received a gift card to get a new one. 🙂 Today we will come home with a fish! His name shall be Pio.

REMEMBER – Mark August 27th on your calendar!!!

Love, B

Friday Feelings

The end of another work week.

Now I can “work” on what makes me happy! Right now that is a handsome blue-eyed, sandy-haired country western singer named Tate.

If you’ve been around here very long you’ll know that I mention my characters talk to me – they wake me in the middle of the night sometimes and I have to just get up and type what they’ve brought to my thoughts. Tate has been “talking,” and I love where the story is going. I love the lyrics to his songs that he shares with me and I can’t wait to share them with YOU!

I have a book that I will finish today hopefully – I’m reading The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred and I love it! I’ve found her to be a  writer who can take you places and make you feel like you are there. I also love her disclaimer about her book: Blush: This is a suggestive romance (love scenes are not graphic).” I’m going to find a way to word that differently, but say the same thing to start putting with my books. I don’t write erotica. I don’t want people going in thinking they’ll find that in my books and then review the book based on the lack of sexual content. I write love stories that I hope make you THINK about what’s happening and not me spelling it out graphically.

Well, I still have the J O B to go to today, so off I go.

Have a blessed and HAPPY Friday!

Love,  B