Dreaming in February of Spring

There’s still quite a few weeks to go until spring arrives, but today I decided to share some photos from last spring to get one in the mood for its arrival.

Picture of spring flowers

Picture of spring daisies Each year we get a lot of daisies in the back yard, which survive the entire summer despite the dry heat.

third picture of spring flowers
Spring will be here soon. Until then, keeping dreaming of it.
Cheers, Lynn

Happy New Year, and a Frank Speech by me

First off, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. May 2015 be a joyful and peaceful year for you.

My New Year’s resolution–with regards to myself–is utter frankness, both in my personal life, and in my writing life. And so I am going to be frank with you. I’ve kept quiet about some things that happened to me in 2014, but I’ve decided it’s best I start being upfront about them because of the impact they’ve had on my writing commitments.

First off, back in August 2014, as I was working on the revisions to the second half of Lies, Magic, and Nightmares, I was in an incident with a person who was suicidal. The safety of a child was at stake, and there were several times in the confrontation with the suicidal person when it turned into a physical fight.

However, I am very fortunate. I’d been through training with a good sensei in Aikido twenty years ago, and I also had gone through the Citizen’s Police Academy taught by good officers of the Los Alamos Police Department. That background helped me when I found myself a first responder to a situation I never dreamed I’d ever find myself in.

And I hope I never again find myself in such a situation. I am glad to say that both suicidal person and child survived with no injuries, and I got off with minor bruising and a mild injury to a thumb joint. I can thank the Aikido training for how minor my injuries were, for I instinctively kept my muscles relaxed.

I did develop post-traumic stress disorder (PTSD), though, and it wrecked havoc with being able to write fiction for months. Good counseling and support has made the PTSD subside, but the writing deadlines got dropped.

I put on a brave face to show to the world, but in private I found myself asking during these last few months, “Is fiction writing still worth doing? Is writing about imaginary people meaningful?”

I can highly recommend Stephen King’s novel Bag of Bones if you want to know what it feels like to be a writer who comes to question the value of fiction writing.

I discovered that the only reasons I want to start writing again are that 1) the imaginary people I write about seem real to me on certain days, and I want to find out what happens to them. (Hmm, that looks rather crazy when I type it out, but it’s the truth.); and 2) I’ve found I gain insights into human nature that make me a little wiser and kinder.

Both of these reasons have given me the push to get started again, despite the significant cost in time and energy.

So I fired up the computer; reread the first part of Lies, Magic, and Nightmares; and have gone back to work on finishing the second half of the rewrite. So it will be done. It will be late … but it will be finished.

The print versions of Cubicles, Blood, and Magic and Tales from the Threshold are also on their way now that I can mentally focus.

Another thing I’ve decided is that if I have nothing meaningful to say, I’d rather say nothing at all. The world is flooded with enough filler as it is. I will post on occasion about new stories that are being published, or special sales where you can save money on my stories, but I will keep them to a minimum because I hate spam and I want to make sure I don’t cross the line into being a spammer.

Best Wishes for a Good 2015 for all of you, Lynn

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Last Blooms of November

The weather service has issued a freeze warning for this week, so I’ve gone out to the garden to take pictures of the last blooms in the garden before it’s too late.

Closeup of rose by Lynn Kilmore

There’s something bittersweet about roses in November in New Mexico, since we know it can end at any time due to the coming of winter. The days are still warm enough for plants to grow … it’s the 30-40 degree F drop during the nights that kills the plants off.

We are currently on round 3 of the rose bushes blooming this year. This third blooming just started about a week-and-a-half ago.

Roses in November picture

The rosemary bushes are also in bloom right now. The blossoms look very delicate.

Rosemary in bloom picture by Lynn Kilmore

I hope you all enjoy the turning of the seasons this month.  Cheers, Lynn

 

Soul Cages on Sale for 99 cents, and a Goodreads Giveaway

Book cover Soul Cages by Lynn KilmoreTo celebrate Soul Cages being a finalist in YA for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, the ebook is on sale for 99 cents from Oct. 24th to Nov. 1st at all major online booksellers, such as Kobo, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and Google Play. You can click here for more information about the novel and to read an excerpt.

Also, there is a giveaway of a signed copy on Goodreads.

Cheers, Lynn

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all of you!

Here’s a quick photo of some of the pumpkins dressed up for the holiday. Picture of pumpkins with googly eyes by Lynn Kilmore These are all from the rogue pumpkin plants that grew in the back yard grass this year. We pasted googly eyes on them.

I have, unfortunately, been quite sick this year, but the garden has been a cheering influence.

Also, here’s a picture of our dog, KC. The vet technicians dressed up the bandaging on her right paw to look like a Jack ‘O Lantern so that she’s ready to greet trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

Picture of smiling KC the dog with Jackolantern bandage by Lynn Kilmore

I wish you all a wonderful October.

Cheers, Lynn