Forgive me. I’ve neglected my writing and blog over the short time we get to call summer this year. Oddly enough, there is an excuse for this. I simply flamed out in exhaustion for a time. With a foot of snow on the ground in mid-June, summer rolled into these mountains late. The result is we have to pack it all into two months.
July turned into a whirlwind of obligations and fun. We had three birthdays, July 4th with all of the hoopla, festivities and BBQ, the fourth angelversary of our grandson’s death, followed a week later by a funeral to bury his ashes.
In addition to all of that, we sprinkled in 11 various appointments with sometimes three of them in one day. In the midst of it, I did win three awards at the Public Safety Writers Conference Writing Competition on July 12th in Las Vegas. My novel manuscript for “Footprints In The Frost” took first place in the Fiction Non-Published category. To round out July, we had to make a day trip out of town to buy my husband’s birthday gift.
After that, we spent the last three days of the month tending to the upcoming trial of the defendant for his felony criminal trespass into our home last April. One day we had to confer with the District Attorney about what to say/not say when questioned by the defendant’s attorney. That was for me because Richard has 42 years of courtroom experience and is comfortable there. The next day involved a visit to view our property and home by the defendant’s three attorneys from the Public Defender’s office. The trial was to be the following day. By then, my stomach was a ball of knots and I hadn’t slept in weeks for a myriad of reasons, including the trial. But we escaped the courtroom when the defendant pled guilty on the 29th and we accepted his offer.
It all boiled down to the fact that we only had six days out of 31 on our own. August turned out to be much the same chaotic way and I found myself frazzled with exhaustion and still needing to carry on. Blogs and writing were forced to wait. But the days and nights have turned cooler, school started here today, the bucks are wearing velvet antlers and that tells me that fall is heading in.
The good news is that I have reignited again and am working on getting my next book (publisher willing) ready to go. This one is fiction and is my detective novel with a bit of romance thrown in to keep it interesting.
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