Weekend Coffee Share. My Calling. 8/10

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee share, hosted by Allison at eclecticali.wordpress.com

 

I’ve had a fruit V8 and now it’s time for my half a cup of coffee. You may enjoy whatever you like!  It will likely be another hot day.  It has already been a good morning.  Back to School season is in full swing, and I have been up before or at 6 a.m. all week, working non-stop either physically, to prepare my room, or mentally, to prepare my lessons.

I stayed up ’til midnight last night and woke up promptly at 6:30 a.m.  No 8-hour sleep-in for me.  I’m already getting into the grind, but I rebelled. After laying in bed, stretching and mentally preparing myself for not being able to sleep late for a year, I spent 20 uninterrupted minutes sitting on the porch watching Bixby’s nose twitch and ears perk. He enjoyed it too, I’m sure.

We observed a lot, like the fact that the sun felt good and my new neighbor gets picked up on a Saturday by a big truck blaring Spanish talk-radio, and some other neighbor’s brakes squeal, and the next door neighbor goes out on his ten- speed at 8 a.m. Also, there was still dew on the ground, so I knew I couldn’t get sunburned, on the porch, at 8 a.m. Nice start to the day! Now my brain is awake.
I need to continue porching it through the fall season, too! 

This video is from a July morning on the porch.  I thought you would enjoy it.  Bixby features frequently in my blog posts and Weekend Coffee Shares.  He is my adopted shelter dog and also a girl’s/writer’s best friend.  We go on adventures together and we sit and observe the world together.

 

Since I have mentioned Back-to School, I want to tell you how truly wonderful it is to take the road less traveled.  I went to a training this week that was not packed full, none of my friends were going to  it.  It was about helping kids understand advanced text.  The instructor spoke to me right away and offered me a matchbox car.  That was fun!  Then we had to talk to others about why we chose the one we chose.  We loved talking about that.  When we answered a question, he asked our name and asked the whole ‘class’ to say “Thank you, Pam.”  There were about 40 people in there, but we talked, we moved around, we used our brains.  We were actively learning, and that’s what we need to do with our students.  This was a wonderful break from an over-crowded meeting room with people on their laptops while someone at the front ‘talks at us.’ It got me really pepped up for what I need to do daily, which is, get to know my kids, and then inspire them to do the work that will help them learn the most.  I think about writing full-time, but I know my work in the public school system is not yet done.  It isn’t easy, and many spend just 1-5 years teaching in public schools, but what is best for the kids? I want to do what is best.  This is were we determine or help affect the culture of our nation in the future.  It feels like an important calling to me.  Writing keeps me sane, but maybe my writing will also inspire someone and get them thinking about how we treat each other?  That can be done in any genre.

On the writing front,   the Malachi manuscript is still with beta readers, and I am entertaining ideas for the cover.  I will be taking my last Teaching Gifted endorsement course this fall, so I may have to slow down progress on that manuscript, but I am holding to a goal of publishing it in the first few months of 2020.  Progress is being made on both of my Detours in Time series books to be produced in audio version.  I’m excited!  Detours in Time may be available for audio purchase in about a month! I just finished listen to the first narration and have sent corrections requests.  Yikes!  This is an awesome feeling.  My narrator for Undercurrents in Time is also getting started.  I’ll share more on that later.  In the meantime, here is a brief clip of the narration for Detours in Time:

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That’s what’s going on in my world!  I hope you all enjoy your weekend!  I know I need to exercise now, but I think a hot bath may also be on my schedule for today.  I think I have worked for it.  🙂

Friday Fictioneers. What’s in the Bread? #flashfiction #amwriting

PHOTO PROMPT © Kelvin M. Knight

The first time Billy met Roma’s grandma,  he’d gone camping with Roma’s family.  They weren’t so tied up in work like Billy’s parents.

Even more a hippy than Roma’s mother, Grandma made homemade bread for the trip.

Roma’s dad cooked eggs on a skillet over the fire.  They used real butter on the bread.

“Wow!  This is good,” Billy exclaimed.

Roma agreed.

They went for a hike, and Billy saw his first sasquatch.

“He won’t hurt you,”  Roma announced.

“How do you know?”

“I’ve seen him.  Grandma’s talked to him.”

“Dude, what was in that bread?”  Billy asked.

“Love.”

*99 words*

Friday Fictioneers Rules:  Write a complete story in 100 words or less based on the photo prompt.  Give it a beginning, middle, and end.  Post the photo, and give credit for the photo to the contributor.  Share your store using the Inlinkz button, and visit and comment on others’ stories.  Friday Fictioneers is a blog challenge hosted weekly by Rochelle at https://rochellewisoff.com/

Thank you for taking the time to read my story!

 

 

W is for Wander. #AtoZChallenge

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Photo taken in 2016.

Oh to wander

down a long winding path

on a windy day,

with unweighted debris tossed about.

 

Oh to wander,

where we’ll briefly lose our way

I miss these wonders.

My wandering warrior wants out.

 

*I’ve joined the April A to Z Blogger’s Challenge!  Each day this month, I will write something based on the next letter in the alphabet.  It’s been fun so far, yet it has really given me a chance to pause for reflection as well.

Want to know more about the A-Z blog challenge?  Visit http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com

 

H is for Hiking. #AtoZChallenge

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Everyone is getting along.  There is plenty of fresh air and movement, no time or need for talk to fill the space, though I throw some words in now and then.  My son replies in one-word answers.  He doesn’t talk to me much lately as he has entered adulthood, but the trail does not require much talk anyhow.  Our dog is happy as a jumping bean and my son is the one holding his leash.  They are capable of the same pace; I lag behind, and that’s okay.  They have youth ahead of me.

The hike through a local trail has been an excellent way to spend family time.  Especially when my son didn’t have a job and needed to get out of the house.  It’s a good thing for my dog any day, he loves to run, sniff, explore, and to do it all with his human companions is just golden to this loyal canine.  My son has bever been overly enthusiastic about having this dog, yet they are totally compatible on the path, neck and neck.  I must add though, that my son doesn’t wait too long for the dog to sniff and I interject about that at times, but it’s all good.

Now, my son’s employed again and a bit more independent.  Not to mention, he gets a lot of exercise while working.  He may not need the hikes so we may not be taking as many.  I may just have to store this in my bag of tricks for any day in the future when he feels down and needs an excursion.  In the meantime, I may be spending more time at the dog park.  Bixby loves to run and sniff with other dogs, and we haven’t been in a while.

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**The AtoZ Challenge theme for my blog is “Who I am.” Yes, it’s wide open.  In April, I will blog from A to Z to include little tidbits about me, poems I’ll share, and stories. Each day I will write something based on the next letter in the alphabet.  It’s been fun so far, yet it has really given me a chance to pause for reflection as well.

Want to know more about the A-Z blog challenge?  Visit http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com

B is for Bumblebee. #AtoZChallenge

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Where?  Providence, Rhode Island.  When?  Summer, 2009.  It happened when I lay my camera down.  The next time I saw it, there were all these new shots of everyday things at new angles.  My dad’s shed (my son and I were visiting him), a porch step, a flower.  Said flower happened to have a happy bumblebee hovering over it.  I applauded my son’s photography skills.  He had just turned fourteen.  The curiosity of his eyes through the camera lens shows through.  But, alas, he soon became a full-fledged teenager and grew interested in other things.  Nonetheless, I own the rights to this photo, and I am happy to share. 🙂

“Bumblebee of Wonder,” also posted at https://niume.com/post/294528

#weekendcoffeeshare Can’t Stop the Time

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Good morning, everyone!  The Weekend Coffee Share is a blogger’s community post where we share with each other our goals, our projects and progress, thoughts and musings.  As T.S. Eliot would say, the “butt-ends of our days and ways.”  Sounds negative, I guess, but it gets to the nitty gritty.  What is the end product of our goals and aspirations?  Well, I suppose I could share just about dreams, but I’ll give some reality too.

If we were having coffee this weekend, I’d tell you some good things.  Coffee makes me feel positive, unless I am already in an anxious mode, which I’m managing lately, but still, I limit myself to one cup to avoid a problem.  Lately, I’ve been posting on the new Niume site, working hard to share and get those views.  Maybe I’m working too hard.  I posted a prayer for Lent, which is, I suppose, a free verse poem.  It is posted here on my WordPress and on my Niume site.  I haven’t been doing much with my “works” in progress as a result of the new site (which needs to change), but there is a positive.

On my Niume site, I dedicated myself to writing every third post about a futuristic story of love in an age of government over-reach and neglect. Yes, it sounds paradoxical, but it’s really not.  It started here on WordPress with a Valentine’s Day entry for a Flash fiction post, so they are all titled “A Date to Remember,” and things are happening on various dates in the future.  At any rate, these characters will meet up with Norrie in the future; she is the warrior/heroine in my Made for Me and Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes series. And boy, is she ever going to prove a valiant warrior.  By the way, I mean “warrior” metaphorically.  In that sense, sometimes I am a warrior.  So, out of the Niume posts grew another fiction idea for my future writing.  I have so many, it’s like spinning plates on my hands and feet.  I’m a moody sort, so I can pick up whichever one fits my fancy on a given day.  The key will be, finishing one, then another.  Only then will I have met my goal.  Perhaps I should write out my goals and give myself deadlines.

Here is my Niume site if you are interested in the posts: https://niume.com/profile/111217#!/posts  You can also read my WordPress post explaining how you and I can get referrals and gather revenue from it:   https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/use-niume-to-promote-your-writing/

Two weeks (or one week) ago, I started a GoFundMe for my old friend from high school, Wendy.  She has Lupus, RA, MS, and a few other illnesses and the treatments, even with co-pays are outrageously high cost.  Well, there have been 11 donors and 80 plus shares on social media.  I feel like it is thriving and so far there has been a helpful amount donated.  However, it’s not enough to get her and her husband out of the hole.  I am still circulating it on social media.  It was one of my promises for Lent to set this up and give it, up front and center, a place on my social media.  Please visit it if you feel so moved!  https://www.gofundme.com/sxfp7s-wendys-medical-fund

Yesterday, after being on the computer for too long, I took a walk on some trails with my son and my dog.  My twenty-year-old son is a little non-verbal at times.  I feel he is going through a difficult time but keeps it all in.  However, these walks are quite a positive note in our lives, and research agrees that outdoor exercise keeps a brain healthy.  He and our dog are right at about the same pace.  I love it!

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Sometimes I get writing ideas while out on the trail or during yoga.  None lately, though.  I seem to have the ideas and I need to just flesh them out, make them work.  I have Spring Break coming up.  That should prove to be a fruitful time!

Speaking of writing, I was invited to speak at my mother’s church at one of their weekly dinners about writing and the books I’ve published.  I’ve known some of these people, as I attended there in the past.  It was heartwarming, and a few told me afterward, “You had the attention of everyone.”  This was such a positive, and since my book is now in paperback and many of them don’t read on Kindle, I was able to sell many of them my book in paperback.  Four of five, but still, that’s more books than I’ve ever sold in one day.  I need to seek out libraries next for these talks while working on my new material.  So, I have enough to keep me busy until, I don’t know, maybe 2062.  🙂  I’m getting engrossed with writing at the present and forgetting to tell the world I am a published author.  Such is the life of an indie writer.  My life!

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Made for Me, Book 1, sci-fi romance

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Book 2, sci-fi coming of age novella.

The Weekend Coffee Share was created by Part Time Monster .  Thank you Diana for all the great Coffee Shares in the past!  This week it is hosted by Nerd in the Brain).  Thank you Emily!  You can join this week’s Coffee Share on her blog or by clicking on the “Linkup Linky.  In fact, I encourage you to click on the “linky” to see what’s been going on in the lives of other bloggers and even join us if you haven’t before. 

 

 

Echoes of My Neighborhood, Sept. Entry

Sept. 9th in Jacksonville, Fl, at a lovely 91 degrees!  It was a lovely day to be outdoors in my simple, yet beautiful neighborhood.img_0186-2

Maybe the only thing that tells me Fall is coming is the drop in humidity lately.  For sure, the sun was still quite hot on this September day.  Yet I found the drier air to be a relief.  It seems a little more bearable, now that the storms and rainy aftermath of Hermine have left us.  It felt quite comfortable sitting outside today, for about 15 minutes, anyway!  This picture shows off some of our lovely flora and fauna in my neighborhood, as well as my neighbor’s lovely, lush green grass.  Looks just like summer, but the air is much lighter today!

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Even Bixby enjoyed sitting out in the lovely air!  This photo showcases our crepe myrtle tree, still in bloom!  The grass was freshly mowed, hence the grass cuttings still sitting on top of our lawn.  It accentuates the contrast with our neighbor’s yard.  They have the best on the street!  By the way, our lawn hasn’t won any awards yet.  🙂  Now, if only this picture could fully illustrate Bixby’s sniffer going wild, as it does every time we are sitting outside….

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Not a very good representation of my neighborhood, but here is where I’ll end my photo illustration of this day in my neighborhood.  My dog, Bixby, ended up on alert after seeing some neighbors walk by with their dogs.  You can see his ears perked up, as he sits on edge ready to strike in the spirit of protecting me from these wild dogs and their unknown owners.  (That’s in his point of view).  You’ve got to love their protective instincts!  At any rate, it grew pretty warm and I sat in the shade for the last few minutes, then decided we should go inside since my dog simply would not come next to me to relax in the shade.  Always on guard!

“Echoes of My Neighborhood” is a weekly blog challenge started by Jacqueline Obyikocha at her blog, A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales.  Her most recent entry can be found at http://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/category/travel-2/dubai/echos-of-my-neighbourhood/ and illustrates her life in Dubai quite well!  Go and give it a look!

Having participated regularly over the summer in this blog challenge, I may perhaps join in every few weeks or monthly now that I’m back at work.  I am hoping my brief entry here showcases what life is like here in Florida!  That, and there’s the lovely profile of my favorite dog. 🙂

-Pamela