23 July 2017

Summertime and the Living Is Lazy

As far as productivity goes this summer doesn't rate very high.

Mostly, the kids have been breaking concrete with a sledgehammer, practicing piano, and waiting for 4:30 to FINALLY get here so they can turn on their screens and do some serious gaming.  I have been reading, writing, and getting hit repeatedly with the Hashimoto's stick. I've decided that Hashimoto's loves my life because it keeps trying to take it over. My husband has been working two jobs, so he doesn't fit in at all with what the rest of us have been doing.  (Or rather, not doing.)

There are two exceptions to our Summer of Doing Nothing:

My second novella got published in "The Pathways to the Heart" anthology!  Woo!  This is a big deal!  I would stand up and cheer it from the rooftops if I had that kind of energy.  Even if I don't shout it out, it's definitely worth a read.  You can find it on Amazon as a kindle or hard copy. At Seagull Book.  Or Deseret Book.  

My story is about a rancher in Oregon in 1888 who finds a few unexpected guests in his house who have nowhere else to go.  When he helps them find food and safety, he ultimately helps himself find happiness.  If you leave a comment on this post or on Facebook by August first, you may just be lucky enough to win a copy of this lovely book for yourself.

The second exception to this summer is that we're going on a road trip! We leave tomorrow for Colorado and then on to Mt. Rushmore.  In Colorado we're mostly doing research for the story I'm in the middle of writing - because I'm so dedicated to my craft I make my family give up part of their summer vacation for it.  In my defense, Fairplay, Colorado has some amazing history displayed. And none of us have seen Mt. Rushmore or Crazy Horse or the Badlands.  So, watch out South Dakota, here we come!

It's just a good thing we don't have to walk there, or I'd never make it.

07 June 2017

Summer Lovin'

Just got the release date for my next book.  (If you notice, my name is the second one down from the top.  Silver medal. I like silver better than gold anyway.)  The release date of this lovely second anthology is July 11.  Put that on your calendars: July 11.

Now, if I can just persuade myself to actually do something productive this summer, I might begin to market the little beastie.

15 May 2017

Meh to Mother's Day

Since Mother's Day was just yesterday, I'm speaking to you all from my pedestal, looking down on the rest of the world from waaaay up here.  I'm sure over the next day or two, that pedestal will sink back down to rest where it usually resides, right between the titles of picker-upper and nagger.  But I'm enjoying the view while it lasts.

The last couple of years I've struggled with Mother's Day.  Yesterday, I woke up and decided I'd rather just not get out of bed.  I didn't want to deal with myself and that made me bugged with everyone else.  But, like pretty much every other mother I know, I got out of bed.  I even got dressed and went to church because I'm nothing if not disciplined. (snort)

I made it all the way through the first two hours of church with no problems, other that agreeing with myself repeatedly that I didn't want to be there.  Then came the last hour, where the Young Women combined with all us old ladies and we had a couple of talks about mothers and strawberry shortcake was distributed.  I enjoyed a plateful of strawberries with my daughter, then I looked around.  It didn't take me long before I was on my feet and out the door.

I still don't know what it was that made me feel like I couldn't stay there one more second, but I was done.  I walked home with my head down, ignoring the beautiful sunshine while trying to figure myself out, but the few blocks wasn't long enough to puzzle it out.  All I knew is that I wanted my head on my pillow and I wanted it immediately.

That's how I was when my husband found me.

I don't think my dislike of Mother's Day is because of guilt or inadequacy or anything like that, although I certainly feel that.  I have thought that maybe it's because even bad mothers get a pedestal on Mother's Day, and mother's that hate being mothers and never wanted to be one get a pedestal, and all of us who work and try and give our everything every day to being good mothers get the same strawberries as everyone else.  And maybe that's part of it, but that isn't all of it, either.

So while I work on figuring out my dislike, I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother's Day and that you made it wonderful for the wonderful mothers in your life.

01 May 2017

A blog of Sisters

If you're interested in hearing some life experiences from some very lovely ladies, I recommend you hop over to this blog my sisters created.  It's just been started a few weeks ago, but we're committed to submitting something at least once a week.  There will be pictures, videos, true stories, recipes, tips, and more.  I, myself, will be posting some gluten-free recipes (like my favorite pumpkin muffins and homemade granola. Mmmm), along with some things I've learned over the years that make my life better.

Stop on by and get to know more about the Morley women.

(If you need the actual address, it's:  http://alotofsisters.blogspot.com )

04 April 2017

Oh Happy Day!

It's official!  We're in junk mail!  We have officially arrived (in your mailbox)!  Just in time to buy things for Mother's Day.  Mom's love "Unexpected Love".  Just ask mine, she has at least fifteen copies.

Speaking of Moms... Mine is about as cute as they come.  It was her 80th birthday last week and she got a new phone.  Proving that she is forever young, this is her New Phone Dance.  
Love my Mama.


20 March 2017

Shameless Plug

I was listening to a history podcast the other day. (Yay podcasts!) (Yay history!) (Yay listening!) (Yay me!?!)  And I found this one!  It includes E.B. Wheeler, who happens to be a co-author with me in "Pathways to the Heart", coming to bookstores in July.  This history podcast was recorded live at the Salt Lake Comicon, which sounds like a great time.  I was impressed by E.B. Wheeler's knowledge about history and it was fun to hear about her writing process too.

Go ahead and stop reading this and click on over to this link.  You'll be happy you did.

09 March 2017