History, again!

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While we were deciding and planning to go to college, I worked hard to set us up financially as well as I could. I made sure we had no bills, and we actually had a little in savings.

I must say, going to school with a family was the hardest, and most rewarding, thing I’ve ever done (except write).

I say family instead of 3 kids because after 1 quarter at UW, I became pregnant with my 4th.

You don’t know joy until you’ve had to run from one class to another, across a huge campus, pregnant, in the rain (UW is in Seatle).

Since I had little ones, I learned some very valuable lessons early on. Procrastination was out. If I even hesitated a little before I started an assignment, a child was sure to get ill and I would need to stay up all night being a mommy.

I became a lean, mean, studying machine. Efficiency should have become my middle name. But I like the middle name I was born with, so I decided to keep it.

More history

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Being a mother is hard work. All consuming work. Which is okay by me, since I prefer to throw myself whole-heartedly into everything I do.

So before I knew it, I had 2 more children!

It is at this point that my husband and I decided that we would never be where we wanted to be unless we made a very gutsy move. It took us a full two years to finally make the decision, but make it we did!

We had decided to go back to school and get our Bachelor degrees. Both of us.

My husband was active duty Air Force, and his time in the military was almost up. But he loved to fly–so much so that he felt he could not give it up totally. He solved that problem by joining the Air Force Reserves.

We loaded up our three children (ages less than 1 – 5), sold our house, and moved across the country to be near the University of Washington.

We had researched various institutions of higher learning, and decided that the University of Washington had the reputation, classes, and opportunities we sought.

In all honesty, I’m glad we didn’t have a clue what we were setting ourselves up for.

Time for reflection?

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I have the next week off from work.

You might wonder what plans I have for the extra time. Will I be sipping tea, reflecting on the wonders of our universe and the state of our economy?

Not likely!

I still have books 2 and 3 to prep for publication. There is a lot of hard work ahead of me, but luckily I’ve never been afraid of hard work.

Wouldn’t it be nice, to sit back during this week and just write. Writing is relaxing to me, and such a joy.

But I guess if I really want others to be able to read what I write, I have go the next step. I have to make it presentable!

I will be so happy when I have all three of the trilogy out. I feel like I’ve made a contract with anyone who reads the first book, a binding promise that I won’t take too awfully long to make the second and third available.

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A little history

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I’ve always been a writer. I can remember that as a child I would write poetry for anyone who would be kind enough to read it. I particularly liked to make birthday cards, because then I knew I had an audience who would read and (I hoped) enjoy what I had to offer.

The plans of my childhood were to make writing my career, and I decided it was time to act on that plan shortly after my marriage 23 years ago.

That is, of course, until I was blessed with the birth of my first child. At that point, my world shifted and there was nothing, absolutely nothing, more important than my family. Writing could wait.

The Proof

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It’s such an odd sensation.

I hit “Publish” for my last post, and immediately the doorbell rang. It was my proof!

It is such a wonderful feeling to hold my own creation in my hands for the first time. In some ways the experience is quite like giving birth.

In both cases, there is wonderment that the time has finally arrived.
There is the joy of finally seeing what had before only been imagined.
And when emotions are finally calmed, there is the realization that in reality, the work was only beginning!

Because just as a child needs nourishment, guidance, and love, so does a book.

If I want my book to grow big and strong, I need to let people know it is out there!

Publication News

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I received an email telling me that the proof copy of Braumaru is on the way!

I’ll have it in my hands any day now, and if all is well, it will soon be available for everyone!

I can’t wait to see it in print. I especially can’t wait to see if my daughter’s illustrations look as good as I think they will.