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Blueberry Grunt

Hi folks,

Well it’s been another crazy week with lots going on. Bear with me and I’ll show you a few pictures of some of it. We’re at that super busy time of year now, the garden’s coming in and the berries are ripe. I can’t keep up with the strawberries, so we started making jam and giving berries to the neighbors.

a couple of days ago I sweltered in the heat to get the insulation into the shed. Afterwards, feeling icky I cleaned myself up and decided I needed a treat. SO, blueberries in the fridge too long, blueberry grunt. 🙂 So, here’s the mixture going into the bowls. ( Yes, my bowl is the bigger one. )

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You’re supposed to put whipped cream or heavy clotted cream on top, but all I had was ice cream. Sometimes you just gotta suffer through. 🙂

So, that was that. Next time I’ll have a new book cover to show you.

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Another Week Zooms By

Hi folks,

So where did this past week go? I did get a bunch of writing done, but not as much as I wanted to. We’ve had some crazy weather, but I managed to get out with the dogs to play in the woods and fields a few times.

There was also the annual search for the woollies and shopping to replace what we couldn’t find or had grown out of. (sigh… gotta get more exercise) As soon as we dug out the winter clothes, laundered and installed them in the closet then put away the summer stuff, it warmed up and rained for two days. Argh

On the bright side we are back in the cool crisp sunny fall weather that I love so much. Hmmm, I’ll soon have to think about getting the snow tires installed.

Also on the bright side, The MacKendricks is selling well and I am truly thrilled with that. 

To celebrate, we’re hoping to bring out a new sci-fi at the end of the month. I know, crazy, right? I swear I have a million stories in my head. My fingers just can’t keep up with the demand. J

Now for ROW80

I hit my goal for the week earlier than expected. You all know how it is, you get in the zone and it really flows. The result is the first draft is finished, had a fast then a more careful edit and now is in the hands of the editor. Life is good. I even managed to visit a few of your blogs. I want to do more of that in future.

So, next week it is back to the grind. Target=15,000 words on a new WIP.
Well, that’s all from me this week folks, drop me a line and let me know what you’re up to. I love to hear from you.



A Moment in Time

Well folks, here we are in October and I’m still poking through the cupboards, looking behind the door, and checking my pockets to see where I managed to lose September. Where did it go? I dunno. Ah well, on with the show.

We’ve had some beautiful weather recently, the cool crisp kind that I love. We were walking the dogs in the hills the others day, sun shining, wind blowing, white caps on the bay dancing merrily, and the gulls’ lonely calls. That’s when I did one of those time shifts we old folks do.

Suddenly I was ten years old again, walking the endless and empty beaches of my youth, the wind in my hair and the sun warm on my shoulders. I felt again the vastness of the universe and the timelessness of that single moment of true bliss, that purest joy in being alive. The care, worry, and stress disappeared and so did my arthritis, at least for a time. 

The spell was broken by a Labrador who wanted to play stick, but I didn’t mind. I was just soul deep grateful to be alive to experience that moment. As I often say, “Life is good!”
ROW80 Check-in.

Yes! I did it this time. I reached my goal of 15,000 words this week. Now to do it again. I also managed to check in on a few blogs and say hello. Not as many as I’d like, but I managed some.

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter; there’ll be more good stuff there from upcoming books and life around the island. The link is at the top of the page. Just click on my smiling face and away we go.

Now it’s your turn; drop me a line to let me know how you’re making out. I love to hear from you all.


The Walking Man

A few weekends ago I help K set up and tend a booth at a local fair. It was held on the ball field. As you might expect, I took the opportunity to do some people watching. One young man has stuck in my mind. He was tall, and extremely thin, looking like he was made of whale bone and whip cord. The most interesting thing about this fellow was his walk.
Bent over at the waist until his back was easily at 45 degrees, he leaned into his stride. With arms and legs exceptionally long for his structure, and a walk that caused his feet to soar ahead to catch him from falling, he was able to achieve surprising speed. His more normally constructed companion was forced to jog to keep up. I distinctly heard the phrase, “Slow down, dammit, slow down.” That didn’t happen. The lad was enjoying being able to move across the field at great speed and he would not stop. His buddy was still complaining as they vanished down the street.
All righty then, on to the ROW80 goals.
The Goals
1.      Finish the first draft of my current project and get it off to my editor.  CM Crawford is a great editor and has very reasonable rates. Heck, she’ll even work for Amazon gift cards. The girl loves to barter. You can find her page here:
2.      Get the next project over 15K words
Progressing nicely. I’m not exactly certain of my word count here, but I am thrilled with the progress.
3.      If Ms. Crawford gets the first project back to me in time, finish the second draft during this round. If not then I will finish and hopefully publish it during the last round.
So, one thing you can do to help is to go to my Amazon author page and hit the *like* button on the upper right side. Here’s the link. http://www.amazon.com/Prudence-MacLeod/e/B0079XOY8U 
If you have an author page drop your link into a comment and I’ll go *like* it for you. Thanks for stopping by, good luck!