Is It Finished Yet?

My current novel is in a computer file on my laptop – I have notebooks and files stuffed with notes and research. Oh yes, and the draft resides on a couple of DVD’s and flash drives as well.  It waits impatiently to be finished. In January of this year, I set a goal to have it finished by Dec. 31st 2018. I will need an extension on that goal, but I want to at least get back into it this fall. The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is in November and will be a good time to get myself back to writing every day. And my volunteer work will slow down a bunch when October is over.

I can’t wait!        

And apparently, neither can my family…

I do not blame them at all for wondering if they will ever read the rest of the story. It has been a few years since I emailed them a chapter. In fact, more than a few cousins told me they were “hanging in limbo”, waiting for the end.

I apologized (to many people) and assured them they will get a copy as soon as I finish the (probably the 7th one by now), draft. I admit that their interest flatters me greatly – which made the guilt even worse than it already was. I know what they are going through. I am still mad at Stephen King for not finishing his story, “The Plant”. Just when it was getting really spooky and exciting.

I don’t want to abandon my story like he did. I really love my characters and the story. I do not want to disappoint my “fans” either. I prefer the term “fans”, and not, “all those relatives breathing down my neck*”.

It just sounds nicer.



* BTW, they don’t really make me feel like that, but I do enjoy pulling their legs from time to time.

♥  TTFN  ♥



Gathering the Clan

AngelStatue  This week the family is getting together. Cousins, siblings, children, grandchildren, in-laws.  From near, to not-so-local, or many states away – we come. All of us are so happy to see each other in person. Hugs are abundant – we are a large family. A lot of catching up to do and stories to tell.

No one planned a family reunion. Who would have the time? Everyone is so busy, busy, busy. We honestly mean to  schedule a visit to see our loved ones, but then something comes along that we must do first. Then something else after that. Then, the next thing you know, 9 years has gone by since you saw your family at the last wedding – or funeral.

We are celebrating the life of one of our own tomorrow.  He will not be in attendance, but with us just the same, in our memories and our hearts.

Rest in peace, dear Mario
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