LIFE AND AUTHOR UPDATES

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Life has been great even with the ups and downs that come across our paths. I still manage to push on and move forward. Life is just too short for foolishness, drama and pettiness. Like the saying tells us: Choose your Battles and let go of the rest. Some things are just not worth the fight.

As I get older, different health situations arise but I don’t let it get me down. I do what I must to keep my health under control and my body healthy. Still, I don’t let it get me down, I push forward as always. I have too much to do in my one lifetime.  All is Well.

I am learning meditation and meeting some goals I have set for myself.

This past weekend I did a two day Christian Catholic silent/mediatation retreat at the Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, event titled “Come Follow Me!” Exploring the Way of Discipleship

I had my own private room and bath which was cozy.

I didn’t have a problem being silent, at home I can be silent but always preoccupied doing something, projects, multi-tasking, just never sitting still. This was a different type of silence where you can practice stillness, you can clear your mind, empty your thoughts, Be Silent and Listen. To be in a room full of others and just Listen to the Silence and hear what is beyond that. I had an amazing experience. I met people from all denominations and variuos states and I ate well too.  I partaked in the Catholic Mass, prayer and Liturgy tradition and noticed how different it was from my Baptist tradition but one thing we shared was that We All Served The Same GOD. When I say I enjoyed myself believe me I did and will do it again. There was this one scuplture of Jesus in the main chapel that caught my attnetion every time I looked at it. Whomever scuplted this figure put some real time and percision into it. Every body detail was captured. Just awesome.  Everyone should explore the Silence.

I didn’t get a chance to walk down all the trails as I had planned but I did get to walk two.  The grounds were beautiful, it was many trees and wooded areas. I went to see the tall Tower first, it had a shrine of all the Catholic wording and signs, then I went to walk my first trail. After getting deep into the trail I was frightened somewhat but that came from watching too many scary movies. Every step I took I heard a noise and I would stop and look around. Saw nothing so contiuned, heard the sound again and again went on for a while and I stopped each time. I asked myself should I turn and go back the way I came, but not realizing how far I had walked I decided best to keep going forward. I wasn’t prepard for my walk as I had on open toe sandals with kitten heels (yes kitten heels). I thought the trail would be pretty much laid out and flat.

Nope, had to find a stick to balance myself. As I walked, my feet kept sliding forward in my sandals hurting in between my toes. The path was steep going downhill with red mud. Okay so all of a sudden I heard noises coming from above, I stopped like a deer in a headlight and looked up. Leaves starting falling from the trees all around me. I was thinking when i’m watching a movie and this happens, I talk to the screen telling that person “not to stop stupid, run keep going.” Here I was doing the exact same thing. Never know what you would do under the same circumstances, until you are actually in that situation.  Mind you it was Friday the 13th.

So,  I moved quickly down the hill trying to get back to the retreat center before dark. I didin’t find out until the next day what the sounds may have been. Tell ya in a sec.

Next morning I went on another trail and this time I had my camera. I will show you a few pictures of this trail. Couldn’t take too many, had to focus on where I was walking. It was better but after getting so far, there were some tress down that had blocked the trail but I could see the other side of the trail across the way. I found another stick and quickly went through some shubbery to get to the other side of the trail and a big spider web crossed my face, Eww. I kept going. Here are the pictures:

ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA
THE TOWER
THE CHATAHOOCHE RIVER
ONE OF MANY SITTING AREAS
A BOOK I PURCHASED THERE WAS A LIBRARY FULL

This is a short video on my last trail.

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After this trail, later that night one of my eyes were swollen (something got me) but all good now. That’s the risk of adventures.

THE WATERFALL
SISTER MARY MAGDALENE
WATERFALL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, before I forget.  While sitting in the main Chapel Invitation to prayer and silence where there is very large window without covering that faces the trees and the wooded area behind the chapel. As I sat there staring out, I saw leaves falling and I didn’t know why, but it seemed all too familiar. So I continued to watch and stare. What I saw were Squirrels high above in the trees jumping from branch to branch, which shook the leaves. I want to beleive it was just Squirrels that had me in a daze while on my trail.

Authors Update:

Now, as far as the last two book updates. I was really hoping to have them each published no later then this month. They each have exhauted me to no end, but I’ve come too far to quit. I have invetesde much. Kallisata is in her final proofing. The journal is being formatted and waiting on the cover. I will alert you now for both books it has been over 2 years now in hte making. I wanted each to be my best books. Again I ran inot editors who didn’t do well and I tired to do my best to make my own corrections and rewrites. As you know I am not a profeesinaol editor, so there again money was lost and wasted. I say this to inform you that when you read each book, please just look over any inconsistencies, erros whatever and just continue reading and hopefully the story itself will make it a good read for you on it’s own. These two were my goingout with a bang stories! And don’t forget those reviews, reviews, reviews as reviews mean much to us authors. I will notify you upon publishing.

Until next time, take care of yourselves, love one another and Godspeed.

just Deirdre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoy en mi vida!

For those of you who are not subscribed to my newsletter, this is what you missed.

It’s been a while since I last talked to you. After all the obstacles that have come in my path, I have not given up. My series of short stories are coming along very well, and I am sticking to it. Also, have a novel that I am working on, should be completed with all books by the end of the year.  Will not publish any of them right away. My goal is to publish with a traditional publisher,  so this may take a while. If it doesn’t happen within six months after books are completed, I will go the self-publishing route.

I would like to have at least one book published professionally.

Writing and having a creative mind is lots of work, effort, time and patience. I have set myself a daily writing goal of 1600 words if possible but no less than 500 words.

It’s either getting up an hour early before work to write or soon as I arrive home from work. Trust me 3:30 A.M. is best, my brain is fresh and ready to go. Sometimes, I may miss a day of writing, so I make it up the next time. But, must stick with it, to meet my goals.

Movies, Television and Reading Etc.

So, as you all know, I am a big movie and T.V. buff.
GAME OF THRONES is back, Winter is Here, very excited about this, it has been a long wait. Ghost is out of Jail, but Charlie is dead, head bashed the F**K in with a dumbell!  R.I.P.Charlie Murphy.

For all you Netflix fans, Chewing Gum(this is so funny stupid), Bloodline, Wentworth (awww that big bitch the Governor has nine lives) , Friends From College to name a few are outstanding features.
Amazon Prime still has me hooked almost more than Netflix. If you have Prime, check out these shows (Sneaky Pete, Mad Dog, Trapped, Transparent). You will get hooked.
HBO take a watch at Ballers, Big Little Lies (excellent novel turned series by author Liane Moriarty), Insecure featuring Issa Rae (Hilarious)

Have not been to the big screen much since I have the Firestick. Last week went to see Wonder Woman, wasn’t impressed, it was fair. My take on it was that it did not have enough action and this new Wonder Woman was not sexy enough in the outfit, nothing like Linda Carter.

Just my Siskel and Ebert opinion.  

Okay, moving on, enough about movies and TV because I have just too many to list.

Reached my book reading goal for this year early, I lowered the bar to a goal of 15 books unlike last year 50, and I read 51.
Now, I can just take my time and read when time allows around my schedule. Reading short stories, fantasy, sci-fi, YA and fiction novels.
Just reading it all, variety is good. It helps me as an author to brush up on my writing and creative skills.

Have not vacationed at all this year thus far and it has been difficult, just working every day and writing. Normally I would have taken one trip by now, but this August we do have a beach vacation planned. Can’t wait for that break and much-needed relaxation and fun. Feel that Ocean breeze, the sand between my toes and that awful hot sun burning down on my skin. It’s all worth it!

I forgot to mention that I had a new grand baby her name is Ella. Isn’t she lovely!  And she thick.

Also, we have my grand-dog HoneyBun(HB). She THOT trainging. Lol

 

Food for thought, something to think about:

Remember no one is perfect, not even those higher up. Choose your idols wisely or better yet, idolize no one. Those at the top can quickly fall back down to the bottom. Worship no man, woman or child, but GOD.

Sometimes you may cross paths with another and think this person is smart, intelligent and got their shit together and this may be true, and on the other side, can just be an outward appearance.  Just because someone may have more than you, don’t ever make them better that you.

All of us, everyone has flaws, faults, and weakness, so let no one make you feel that they are superior to you. Build your own self-esteem and motivation. Sure, there may be certain things you can learn from another, but don’t let it or that person be something or someone you cling to for growth. Be you, Do you. You have an individual quality within you that make you who you are, that makes you unique.

Until next time, take care.

“NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER”

HAPPY NEW YEARS TO YOU ALL. 2017 IS HERE, AND 2016 IS IN OUR REARVIEW. LET’S MAKE FRESH STARTS WITH CONFIDENT ATTITUDES.

WHAT’S GOING ON WITH ME SINCE LAST YEAR.

I have finally completed my grandkids middle-grade book. The cover and interior look great. I am putting a fresh face on my first book Slightly Bruised and a Little Broken. I am currently still writing my short stories. Trying to sit down and write as much as possible, so that I can achieve better writing skills. Practice, practice, practice.

WHAT I’M READING

The goal this year is to read 15 books. Last year was 50, and I achieved that goal by reading 51 books. This year, I need to do more writing.

Reading Book 2 of Fritz Fombie and the Frightful Feats of Courage, by T .E. Antonino middle-grade level but cute for all.  I enjoy reading his books about this eight-year-old girl Fannie and her friends.

Read several books by Travis Simmons; he writes fantasy novels. Well told stories and he does a really great job with his writing.

I receive most of my books free from the authors in exchange for a book review. They are available on Librarything.com, and I enter giveaways on Goodreads.com. I don’t accept the books if I have no intention of reading or giving a review. Reviews are most important to authors especially those new authors such as myself; it’s one way to get our books recognized and get us known as authors.

I never know if I will like a book or not, but no matter what,  I will read any book to the end and give a review. Some books may have slow starts just as some movies but gets better as you continue. Then there are some that just don’t interest you at all and you quit reading. That’s not me.

Check out LibraryThing if you are a reader, request a copy, read it and review it. In order to leave a review on Amazon you must have an account.

WHAT I’M WATCHING???

This is the good part. I was gifted Amazon Prime for Christmas from someone I adore very much. I had previously purchased the Amazon Fire Stick. It’s like having the best time ever double dosed. I am happy feet dancing and soul clapping.

However, this has caused me to miss watching my regular television shows, and Netflix is now on the back burner but not forgotten. So, not as much Netflix and chilling going on here but rather much priming.

On Amazon Prime:

I watched the series Goliath with Billy Bob Thornton – a big time lawyer turned into a drunken washed up lawyer but still sharp as a whistle. Two thumbs up and five stars. One of my favorite actors.

Sneaky Pete, I won’t go into description, you just have to watch – lots of twist and turns. A must see. Two thumbs up and five stars.

Mad Dogs, excited to be getting away on vacation all expenses paid, visit a friend you haven’t seen in a long while expecting to have this awesome time. Well, think again and expect the unexpected. Every time you take one step forward, you get pushed back two more. What in the hell is happening?

Watch this movie; it has some funny, much drama and questionable friendships. Two thumbs up and five stars.

On Hulu:

Catching up on season one of Outsiders. No review yet, just on episode four and so far all I know is that its trouble in the mountains.

On T.V.

I watched the New Edition Story. Much I wasn’t aware of, things that the public never knows, that goes on behind the scenes of celebrities. This group of young men went through much heartache, pain, betrayal, trust issues, friendship, and loyalty. Finding out who was actually working for you or aginst you. Another prime example of how you treat people.  Although Bobby Brown put them through hell, in the end after all those years, they remain the best of friends. I think part of it had to do with their backgrounds, where they came from and being man enough to come and say I’m sorry. My best part was the end when they were on stage at the BET show. They were having a good time and for all the actors new and old who played the parts of new edition did an excellent job. Kudos to them. One of BET’s best shows and characters were well. Well done.

My Thursday night shows have returned, the Shonda Rhime trio. Greys Anatomy, Scandal, and HTGAWM. Have to catch up on that. Black Sails is back. Quantico is back. The Blacklist is back. Jane the Virgin is back. Tyler Perry shows are back. The Affair is back. Sleepy Hollow is back. Homeland is back, Carrie with her crazy ass. Uughhh so many shows so little time.

Haven’t been to the movie theater lately, but I do plan on seeing Hidden Figures and Fences. Who knows, may just have to watch it on Fire Stick Kodi. Why not?

Cable prices are high as F**K! this way I could lower my bill by half getting rid of some cable boxes and dropping to basic package plan. One day will remove cable completly but until then still figuring out this Fire Stick before making that final move.

NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

Judging someone or something before you actually know facts can sometimes be mean and hurtful. I have been thingk about Karma latley. That bitch Karma the what goes around comes around KARMA. You know her, right? Bottom line we don’t need to be judging anyone when our home isn’t in order. Over the years as I have gotten older, I have realized some things about life and Karma. Karma isn’t something you want to come back on you, so, be mindful how you treat others and how you talk to them. Try to make the motives behind your intentions from the heart. Let’s build each other up instead of tearing one another down. This is not just words but something I will put into practice.  Let’s move forward, 2016 is behind us and 2017 is here.

Ain’t no stopping us now, were on the move.

Until next time, peace love and respect.

Petite

 

 

What Have I Been Up To!

2016-09-17-09-42-34What I’ve Been Up To!

by Petite Breaux 

 

 

 

Last movie I saw on the big screen.

My mother is in town from Kansas City Mo visiting for a while.

Last weekend we went to see the movie “The Accountant” with Ben Affleck. download-2I give it a 7, something was missing from the movie. It had action and drama but some parts seemed to drag. Overall, I would say hmm, I liked it. I liked the concept of

 

 

 

The Holidays are upon us.

Halloween night tried to decorate outside of the home a little, getting in the spirit of it all. Last minute decision to put makeup on my face and dress all in black while I sit outside with a pumpkin full of candy as I wait for my little trick or treaters.

Makeup didn’t turn out as expected, maybe next year I will try again.

What I am watching on Netflix.

I started watching a Netflix show “Z NATION” the apocalypse, it’s corny but I can’t stop watching.

Citizen Z has alerted everyone to a bounty for safely getting The Murphy to California, which he was lying just so that Murphy would no be killed, but this has caused all sorts of chaos. Everyone is now out to kill one another for this so-called bounty money.

Everything is zombies and walking dead. The guy called DJ Qualls (Citizen Z), he has played in mv5bnzg0nte4njmwn15bml5banbnxkftztgwoty3ntc2nje-_v1-_sx93_sy140_several other movies, but I remember him from Hustle and Flow. Did he get his cheeks lifted or Botox or something? I read about him being a cancer survivor, pray he continues to stay in good health and continues with his acting career. He is funny.

 

Update on Children’s book.

Children’s book as I have stated before has been completed, but there is one issue of finding someone to do illustrations. I just want stencil illustrations in black and white, one illustration per chapter. Once I get this taken care of, I can send the manuscript for publishing through Createspace. Hopefully, this task can be completed within the next three weeks.

What I’m writing.

Absolutely nothing! I need to be writing my next short stories.

I am getting back into my schedule of writing, I had taken a break and it’s hard getting back in the saddle. Between work, exercise, Rosetta Stone and all other minor things that come up, it’s hard to sit down and write. No more excuses, if I plan to get these stories completed, I must write even if it’s only fifteen minutes per day.

Will be updating you again soon, until then, keep smiling.

Oh! One more thing before I go.

2016-11-23-06-00-03No matter where you are, I pray that you have a safe and loving holiday. Safe travels to all,  arrive unharmed to your destination. Enjoy your time spent with family and friends. Love, peace, respect and happiness.

 

 

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