Book and Life Updates April 2017

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted updates on books, life, or anything else so I thought I’d do a short update on things then share some news about an old book.

Those wondering when my next book will come out, all I can say is soon. Very soon. I’m towards the end of my second rewrite. It’s been a slow process mostly because my free time is limited. I work on the book every day from 4:30-6:30 a.m. At that point the kids are up and life takes over. There are little kids to feed and big kids to get off to school. Then it's off to my job. Once I’m home at night there are sports practices for some kids, church activities for others, homework to do, and dinner to prepare and eat, and then it’s time to get the younger kids ready for bed. By the time everyone's in bed for the night, I’m too physically and mentally exhausted to write.

Don’t misunderstand. I’m not complaining. I have a nearly-perfect marriage, seven wonderful kids, a day job that I love, and a home to keeps everyone warm, dry, and happy. Having lost everything that mattered many, many years ago, I wouldn’t trade any of that for more writing time because books are books and families are forever.

But the books will keep coming. I promise you. They won’t stop because for some reason I can’t stop writing the stories that filter through my head. In the meantime, here’s some news about my first book.

The nice thing about owning the rights to your own book is that you can do whatever you want with them. It’s been 10 years since my first book and memoir Room for Two was published. To celebrate, I’ll be posted the entire book in my blog. Starting Monday, I’ll post Chapter One and will continue to post a chapter for the next 16 weeks until the entire book is up.

So if you haven’t read Room for Two before, now’s your chance to try it out. If you have, then you can enjoy the journey again, one chapter at a time. 

Starting Monday.

Garden Harvest

Even though we cut back on the garden this year, we had a good crop of what we did plant. Also helped that the peach and nectarine trees were fully loaded even though they're only 4 years old. Plan is to plant 3 or 4 more fruit trees this fall and shift the garden to the lower part of the yard. 

Below are photos of what me and the kids picked this morning. I feel the sudden urge to make salsa.

Jalapeños are yummy. 

Jalapeños are yummy. 

Some different varieties of cherry tomatoes. 

Yummy!

Yummy!

And here are their big brothers and sisters. 

Big boys! 

Big boys! 

Salsa photos coming soon.