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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updates / Milestone

Hello everyone!

Pray all is well. It has been some months since I spoke with you. Just a quick update. I wanted to share my birthday. Little late but it’s alright.

I have been very busy with my regular work schedule, but on better note have been busy writing as well. The pages and the storylines are coming together. I am so far pleased, and I hope once published you will be too.

I am working on completing my short stories that will be all apart of one book, a variety of stories. One fantasy adult novel, one suspense/fantasy for all ages, and one general fiction novel. All of the works and release date to be announced later down the road. My goal is to have all published by the end of 2018. I have decided that this will be the last of my writing.  Writing is not an easy task, I have the dedication but feel the desire is gone.  I have too many things on my plate and not enough time in the day. Something or someone will be neglected.

My stories all stem from something that I have dreamed up or something that I am familiar with in one way or another. I know that my thought process and storylines are weird at times, there also odd to me. But, those are my stories, and if I chose to write anything else, I would try too hard to write as if I were someone else, it would not be me, so let’s keep it real and write my ideas. I will be using the author name just Deirdre., as I no longer need the pseudonym PetiteBreaux.

April was a great month, also my “55” birthday!  I am now part of the senior citizen club, I was excited to be able to receive the perks and discounts afforded to senior citizens but it was making it to another milestone. To be alive and healthy and enjoy some of the discounts. I am just so happy and Blessed to be able to wake every day in good health. Life is good! I pray for everyone to keep on living and to enjoy each day that is given to you. Tomorrow is never promised. Be kind to one another and let go of the past.

i don’t like crowds, don’t do well with them but this year for my fifty-fifth birthday, my milestone, i wanted to do something. Wasn’t as if some would have celebrated but done it my way. I invited a handful of friends and some friends of others to join me at Dave and Busters for food, drink, conversation and just a good time. I reserved the Jack Daniels room, had ordered a few platters, unlimited beverages, and it was an open cash bar for those who wanted a stronger drink. Everyone could not make it but those that did, we had a wonderful time, everyone was on their best behavior, which made the night even better. The highlight of the night for me was that all my children were in attendance for my big day, much appreciated and much love to each of them. My VSO of course always by my side, cheering me on, love him for being a part of my life. Oh, in case you didn’t know what vso stands for, very significant other, this is the title he has given himself.   I thank my mother for giving me life, much love to her.  All my other guest, I genuinely appreciate the time they took out of their day to celebrate with us. Those who wanted to be there and could not, I understand and appreciate your birthday shout outs. This birthday was different then my others, it felt as if it were about me, my gifts were very thoughtful and loving. I have some pictures. One gift is missing from my daughter, she brought me a Tiffany Dollhouse, as she knows, I love building these houses to completion, I love working with my hands. These homes, take patience and it’s very relaxing.  A monetary gift from my son and family not shown but appreciated.  It was all about me and my day, and it felt terrific. I cannot mention it enough; it was beautiful! Even if it weren’t any gifts at all, I could not have asked for anything more, the atmosphere and the surrounding of loving people was enough.

Couple of videos my daughter youngest took.

Glynis Harris on Instagram: “Moms 55th bday @mommad50”

Glynis Harris on Instagram: “My gift to @mommad50 for her 55th bday”

A wood watch from my younger brother, different but lovely. Thank you

Julia Child cookbook from my daughter, something I have wanted since 2009. Very unexpected! All the birthday cards, the words, and expression of love were warmly appreciated. 

My gift cards, the Starbucks and Red Robin from two close and dear friends, thank you both very much. Fashinova gift card from my loving cousin, happy shopping.

Diffuser and candle from a lovely young lady, I call a friend. It’s Pink and has a very great fragrance–love it.

The pumps that I wanted, they look classy. From my VSO. Love it. I sure needed this replacement.

 

 

The question was asked about the Julia Child cookbook, was I going to cook or would the book stay in plastic. When I saw the movie, Julie and Julia, i wanted to cook everything in the book. I will tell ya this, I won’t be slaving around in the kitchen because we all know my cooking days are slim to none but I will cook a few recipes out of this book, now that I actually have it, I am motivated again. I will not let this gift go to waste. My VSO can share it with me. I guess you ask why the picture of the other cookbook. Well, I had been watching Tia Mowry’s cooking show in the past and tried some of her recipes because again they looked great and healthy, so when she came out with her cookbook, I purchased it. Now i have two professional cookbooks that I will start using.

That’s all for now, will keep you updated on the writing and publishing of the new books and their titles.

As we move into May, let’s continue to move forward, no looking back.

 

 

FAMILY TIES!!!!!

THE TIES THAT BIND US

Someone help me understand:

Scenario one:

How can anyone have a child and not do anything and everything within their means to take care of that child, support that child, provide for that child? It is our responsibility as a parent to do all those things for our children and more if needed, it’s no one else’s responsibility. There are at times when certain circumstances beyond one’s control when you are just not able to provide for your child or even have a child in your care. This is the only time when you should have to decide what is in the best interest of the child, to let someone else take care of the child, raise them on your behalf.

We can’t keep coming up with excuses as to why we cannot or just will not do our jobs as parents. It’s not the child’s fault that they are here, it is ours. We cannot always meet our parenting goals but the key is trying to do all that you can, at least you know and your child knows that you tried, you gave it your best and that’s what matters.

As a daughter, and a parent myself, I have not been the perfect parent and there are times when I know that I should have tried harder or done better, but I have always tried to give and do what’s best for my children. How could I not? I wanted them cared for but most of all safe and happy. I always wish that I could do more for my children no matter how old they may get, I still want to help them. I would give my last to help them because when they hurt I hurt and when I cannot it saddens me.

So, tell me how can anyone have a child and not want to provide for them, know them, be a part of their lives, watch them as they grow, this is a part of you, your blood and you should do all that you can to stay involved in their life. How can you have a child and not be there, how can you put it out of sight out of mind and go on with your life as if that child didn’t exist? Help me to understand this.

Scenario two:  

Myself raised as an only child, never knew what it was like to have arguments or disagreements with a sibling. I need someone to explain to me why siblings argue and stop speaking with another. Why can’t siblings agree to disagree and move on? Why can’t they just squash the pettiness, discuss their issues with the other and move on with life? Why stop speaking to one another for days weeks months at a time when the issue could be resolved and you continue to interact and enjoy life with one another as siblings should?

There are always three sides to every story, your side, their side and the truth. Of course, no one will ever think they are wrong, each will believe they are right but after a while what does it matter, apologize be the bigger person talk to one another clear the air and make it right. You were raised (some) in the same household, (some) with the same parent/parents,  it’s not like you were in two different environments. You have spent plenty of time together, you shared a room and you love one another.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGEpC8k2jEw

Life is too short to abandon one another and god forbid that something happened to either of you before you made things right again, you will regret it for the rest of your life that you didn’t get the chance to make amends. And, this is not just for siblings but anyone you care about and love, mother, grandparent, etc…

There are those that you just don’t give a damn about that don’t count in your life. So, if you fall out with that person it doesn’t really matter if you ever speak to them again. But for those that you care about it should mean MORE to make things right.  I am just saying and it’s just my opinion but I need someone to explain how siblings should interact with one another? These are crazy times we live in, let’s not make it worst or more stressful.

This maybe one of my last posts before putting away the pen. I will keep you updated on the latest books to be published end of year beginning of next year.

Let’s keep the flood victims in our prayers.

Until next time, be good to one another, love one another.

 

 

#Tune In Tuesday

Lots going on theses days. Let’s get to the updates.

Last movie I saw. 

My daughter and I went to see “Badder Santa”, was not what I expected. The first Bad Santa was hilarious but this second edition gave a few chuckles. As I have always stated some movies are just not meant to be remade or have several parts.  I give it four **** because of Thurman Murman has gotten older and has not changed a lick but still making sandwiches.

What I’ve been watching on Netflix.

Watching The Crown another King Henry and Queen Elizabeth era. No reviews on it just yet just started watching.

Watched “Paranoid,” it was pretty good another British detective mystery story. I enjoy the British movies, cannot wait for Luther to return.

The first time I have watched a Korean film. I must say that I truly, truly enjoyed watching, Descendants of the Sun. This movie is a must watch, such a complete love story. So much determination, trust, respect and honor. I fell in love with the star cast Joong-ki song, this guy here was on point and on time. Joon-ki song was such a loving, caring and protective person. The other main character Goo-seo Jin plays Joog-ki’s best friend, they are both military special forces. At first, you wouldn’t understand his actions, but it all comes together as both romances unfold. After this movie, I have decided to watch other Korean Netflix movies. The storyline was clean, no sexual content or language. I give it a 10. Must watch! It does have subtitles, so you need to be able to watch and pay attention. Very romantic.

Now, what’s going on with my writing and books?

Started back writing my short stories, had stopped for a long while now. I am a little upset and disappointed at my children’s book illustrator. He does good work, but it has been almost a month now, and his timeframe was supposed to be two weeks. I would hate to cancel this gig with him because I lose money on the fees that were paid and starting over would push my time back even further. I have several times explained this to the illustrator. My goal was to have the children’s book published by Christmas. Not happening. If I don’t hear from the illustrator by tomorrow, I will bite the bullet and cancel and go with another illustrator and pray I won’t go through the same thing.

I have been using sellers off the site Fiverr, which is a great site and the cost is reasonable, just do your research on the seller before buying. Everyone is not who they say they are. Fiverr offers a large variety of sellers and gigs that you may be seeking such as, editing, voice overs, blogging, website design to name a few.

Beta-reader or No Beta-reader????

I am leaning towards hiring a beta-reader for my next books before releasing. I need a third pair of eyes outside of my editor and myself before publishing anything else. I need to get as close as possible to perfection. That’s where a beta-reader comes in, they read your manuscript and critique it for content, grammar, character, the structure so on and so forth. But, I am back on the grind with these short stories, so let’s see what the outcome will provide. Open to any feedback you may have.  Would be greatly appreciated. If you know of anyone in any of these fields I have just mentioned above, please feel free to refer.

Reached My Goal! Yayyyy!!!!!

Not sure if you remember me mentioning that I had a goal to read fifty books this 2016 year. Well, today I finished book #50! I have read so many different genres from various authors, and it was only less than five books that I didn’t like. Most were interesting reads. I love reading. I won’t set a goal for 2017, but I will continue to read. I still have about twenty-five books to read that were received from new and seasoned authors that I promised to give reviews. Read on!

It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas.

Keeping my list short and on the budget this year. You have to learn to be frugal about holiday shopping because money will get away from you quickly and next thing you know, finances are low, and bills have to be pushed back another month. Can’t keep up with the Joneses nor can we keep up with every new electronic device. Some things just have to wait. Learn to appreciate what you have, you will treasure it more. Don’t just give because it’s asked for but because it was well deserved.  Learning to be responsible and earning things that you receive is all a part of maturity.  This for folk that don’t always plan ahead for the holiday season. Think I went a bit of script. But you get the message. Lol.

Be safe while shopping, be aware of your surroundings and locations.

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL. 

 

 

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