LIFE AND AUTHOR UPDATES

Pray all is well with each and everyone of my suscribers.

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.

https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/DN1g89cUSUCkC7c9ATpliw.it0553qddLU0e1uG-DHtW5

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YEAR NEW STORIES

Look what I received in the mail today. Proof copies of the latest short stories. I have one more short story Pest of a Bug, it’s separate from these shown and one novel Something Inside scheduled for release in the next few days. Will be available for your ordering by first of week. Look for them on Amazon or another retailer. I will post the links once I have them for each book. I made a few changes to some covers. I am so excited to finally publish these stories. As I know some of you have been waiting.

Well the wait is over. Wait no more! I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did writing them.

Kallista and The Journal are still in the review/editing process. Look out for these two stupendous stories around July/August 2019. Remember this will be just Deirdre’s final works. I look forward to all reviews and feedback on each story. That’s all I have. Short and sweet. Will keep all of you updated.

Thank you for your support and patience.

just Deirdre.

Je Ne Sais Quoi!!!!

JE NE SAIS QUOI

Feeling a lil something-something / feeling some kind of way

Receiving compliments used to be something that was hard to accept. I have always been so critical of myself and sometimes negative about many things in my life.

However, over the years I have grown and become a more mature positive person. I have changed my “Attitude.” Like that old cigarette commercial with the jingle…

You’ve come a long way, baby

To get where you’ve got to today

You’ve got your own cigarette now, baby

You’ve come a long, long way

If you can remember back that far, maybe you weren’t born yet. I used to love that commercial. It first came out in 1968 when the very first cigarette made for women; its ad featured “New Woman” free of oppression, smoking proudly. Smoking Virginia Slims was freedom; it was liberation for women! In 1969 and 1976, the ad actually included an African American Woman. In addition, this was the last cigarette commercial to be aired on American television.

In 1978, Virginia Slims Light was introduced. 1985 New Virginia Slims 120’s, longest slim cigarette of all was introduced, and in 1987, the Ultra-Light 100’s were introduced.

You ask, what does this have to do with anything? It is more about the jingle than the cigarette. Just thought I’d add little history behind the cigarette since it was made for women.

To lay it all out for you is that lately, I have been in that Je Ne Sais Quoi, moment. Feeling good about myself and life. Things still may not be how I want them to be or expect it to be but, in a comfortable place in life right now, don’t need money to feel good about yourself just a little confidence, good attitude and self-esteem can you make you feel a certain Je Ne Sais Quoi.

Here are a few scenarios that I have come up with:

1) As she sashayed down the corridor, there was a woman standing in the aisle observing her with a friendly smile. She stopped and greeted her with a hello and kindly asked, is there something that I can help you with? The woman continued to look at her smiling, and to in her response, she said no, nothing is wrong, you just walked down this corridor as if you were just free not a care in the world. She didn’t understand what the woman meant by free or if it were a positive or negative comment. Therefore, she just replied “I am,” and the woman said with humor in her voice, I know that’s right.

2) Arriving at her morning appointment, confident, bright-eyed and glowing, she was escorted towards where her doctor was seated. As he turned and noticed her approaching, they exchanged good mornings and he gestured for her to have a seat. He said to her; you look lovely today, really lovely, I just love your ensemble, really nice. She said, thank you, nice of you to mention.

Thinking to herself, (I just threw something on didn’t care if it matched or not, it was a very early appointment and no one would see me, and I would be heading straight home afterward.) Nevertheless, she decided against stating her thoughts and just accepted the compliment and felt good about it. It was uplifting and a great way to start the day.

3) Receipt of a compliment from a friend of a friend who just wanted to acknowledge that she was a person with a certain mentality, positive, energetic, very independent, happy, smiling, good attitude, and a hard worker. Considered as a good help-mate and a friend. She found this to be much unexpected, as she had no dealings with this person and no idea that she was thought of in this manner. They were but merely acquaintances. The compliment was accepted with a sincere thank you and that was the end.

You never know who is paying attention to you. Still, Never Judge a Book by it’s Cover.

Compliments can stem from one’s attitude, how you interact with others, so on and so forth. Change your attitude; try to be a more positive person. We can only change what is in our control and the rest we have to let go and let God. Only he can change the things we cannot.

Try to hold your head up higher,  square your shoulders a little broader and walk little taller, have more confidence in yourself. Believe in yourself and try not to let others or things still your joy and happiness. Choose your battles.

When you feel better, you look better, when you look better, you feel better, and when you look and feel better, you act better. Attitude, positivity, self-esteem, and confidence – no time for low self-esteem–love yourself.

Not there yet but still moving forward and growing forward, one day at a time. Obstacles will continue to get in the way, you get over one hurdle and then here comes another one or two, and you know what, take it one at a time. Just keep going, keep jumping those hurdles. Life throws curve balls all the time, but you cannot let that stop you either, you are not a quitter, I’m not a quitter, life does not stop so keep going and pray for the best outcome.

Sometimes I get angry at situations, but I have to let it go. If I can fix it, fix it but if not, let it go. Some ask if I go to church? Let’s say, no, I don’t go every Sunday, but I go when I want to go. Doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in God because yes, I do believe in God. I know that he is my savior, my strength and my father in heaven, there is no me without him. Some may frown on that but it is my choice, and I have only to answer to him not man.

It doesn’t matter what you look like, what you have or where you come from,  attitude is key and plays a very important role in life.

I have learned to love myself! 

 

Share your thoughts; tell, what your Je Ne Sais Quoi is

 

What I’ve Been Up To 

Not too much lately. Still busy as ever with other things. Still writing, working on a few short stories and one novel. I do believe that I have major writer’s block. I have to stick with it or else who will write my stories? Haven’t watched anything new on television, trying to get back on a serious writing schedule. Back in the gym, it’s hard when you fall off. That’s all for now. Look for next weeks blog until then, mind your attitude.

Feedback on the new book cover of Slightly Bruised and a Little Broken has been positive.

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