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Six Years

Dabble - Sketch by Trent P McDonald

On Monday evening I received a notice from Word Press that it was my blog’s anniversary, “blogaversary”. It was on November 11, 2013 that I put up my first post. My first post was awful.  I thought of a blog like an online magazine with “articles” instead of as social media with “posts”.

I had no idea what I was going to do when I started. Over the years I have had many photo posts, “compassion” posts, smile posts :), posts with my original drawing and painting, music posts, personal experience posts, coffee-shares (starting in early 2014!), etc.  Just a wide variety of random things. An eclectic blog.

One thing, though: three of my first ten posts were book reviews.  Also in my first ten was an inspirational piece that pushed towards creativity. Between posts #10 and #15 there were three other posts about writing or creativity (total of 4 of 15) and post #15 was my first short story that I posted here. Posts 20 and 21 were also short stories. Little did I know that I would eventually post hundreds of stories, several serialized novellas and three serialized novels! OK, 3 1/2 including “Frank” ;) Continue reading

The Weekly Smile for the 4th of November, 2019 #weeklysmile

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Hi all! I had a lot to smile about this week! My favorite holiday was on Thursday! My birthday was on Thursday! (Not that I like getting older ;)  I spent time on Cape Cod. I am finally able to charge my plug-in hybrid car on Cape Cod since I finally had a car charger installed at the new place (no outdoor electric) (I can’t tell you the relief it is to charge the car down there again!). And this morning I saw that I was an honorable mention for Colleen’sweekly poetry challenge.

There was, however, one smile bigger than the others :)

On Friday I was reading through blogs on my Reader. I am always behind in my reading, but I like to try to keep up with my favorites. I’ve met a lot of great people through blogging. besides reading some great work, the friendships are what keeps blogging from becoming a chore.

Anyway, I came across a post by Penny Wilson.

No, I won’t tell you what it is, you have to go read it ;) Go, go read it now…

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 27th of October, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome.  Come on in out of the cold rain and I’ll get you a steaming mug of very strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or other hot beverage.  You’ll need it!  October started very warm, but his is perhaps the coldest October I can remember.  And wettest – no October Blue skies, my favorite.  The leaves went from off-green to on the ground almost over night, so the least pretty color I’ve ever seen.  Can you tell this has not been a good October for me?  Most expensive one in my life as well, but that is a different story.  OK, enough complaining….  Where are we?  Some of you may recognize that photo at the top as coming from New Hampshire.

I’m sorry, but this coffee share will be pretty short.  Or perhaps you will be thankful, since they are often long.

I wrote about a little community, three house dinner party I attended in my Weekly Smile this week.  Besides that, my after work hours have gone by in a bit of a daze.  I accomplished almost zero.  OK, a months worth of laundry since we finally received our new drier on Wednesday.  And there was Lion’s club on Tuesday.  Not enough sleep any night.  Dogs.  Life.  Etc. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 20th of October, 2018

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of a very strong Sumatra Roast.  You can also have a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is actually not that cold out, but it is damp with occasional passing showers.  I want/need to get out!  I think I’ll risk getting wet….  And where am I?  Some may recognize the photo at the top as coming from Cape Cod.  Some may also realize that this is my first post from here in over a month!  I’m usually here every other week….

Anyway, a busy week.  But what did I do?  Hard to remember!

I did some winterizing in the house and broke down and turned on the heat.  I also did a little raking.  I still need to do the front yard, but…  i also need to rake here, on the Cape.  I brought my car to the shop for the yearly inspection and break emplacement… With my hybrids, the breaks always rust out before they wear out. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 30th of September, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of a very strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or other warm beverage.  It looks like a gorgeous fall day, but it is still a little chilly.  Not that it will be hot later, perhaps 68 F (20 C).  It is actually beginning to feel like autumn!  And were are we this week?  Some of you may recognize that photo at the top as coming from new Hampshire.

As I said, it seems fall has finally arrived.  The week started cold and wet.  But then it became warm and wet, hitting 80 F (27 C) on Thursday!  The leaves haven’t really changed much yet, but some are falling.  I want more color!

It was an odd week and I really don’t remember a lot.  I did some editing on my book of short stories and started working on the cover.  I did a little work around the house.  of course there was work work, which was busy, but not insane.  I had to go into the office on Wednesday because our Internet was out.  It was the entire town, so I couldn’t just go to the library.

I decided to bring The Weekly Smile back to my blog.  It went for almost 80 weeks, but I was pretty burned out by the end.  I was doing up to three Smile posts a week and only had two or three people join me.  It became a chore.  But it has been idle for about a year, so I think it is time to come back.  I will do just the main post (Mondays now) and a recap post.  Anyway, you can read more about it here.

Well, that’s about it.  I have a lot to do today.  I hope to be able to read all of the coffee posts, but can’t make promises, particularly to those who post Monday – by then my mind is off of a the weekend and it is hard to thing about these shares, but I will try.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by.  I hope you had a great.  See you soon!

The original Coffee Share kind of died out, but it has been revived!  Eclectic Alli is hosting a coffee share.  This week’s share is here. and the link up is here. Come on and join in!  Hopefully we can bring it back to its former glory!

If We Were Having Coffee on the 15th of September

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of a very strong Sumatra Roast.  I can also get you a cuppa tea or other beverage if you would prefer.  We can go out back and sit.  The early morning sun is gone, but it is still very comfortable out there.  And where are we?  Some of you may recognize the stack of Beatles mugs as being at the cottage on Cape Cod.

This was a pretty good week.  Work is back to normal.  The emergencies from a few weeks ago are over and I have caught up from my vacation.  Still busy, but it always is.

The weather was odd, and not what it was supposed to be.  A big part of it was the left overs of Gordon changed the forecast drastically, making the weather last weekend into early this week change from sunny and pleasant to damp and cool.  Actually, it was down right cold for a couple of days. Continue reading

I’m Back! Maybe…

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I am still here!  No, I was not eaten by sharks.  I just kind of faded away….

I was posting pretty regularly until about a month ago.  In the last month, well, I’ve had three posts in the last month…  Yeah, not very good.

But hopefully this little lull is over!

I have been reading some of your posts the last few days.  Not really catching up – that would be impossible!  But sticking my toe in the water so I can get back into it.

I may offer a little more detail later, but for now just a quick paragraph or two or three.

It started because I was ultra-busy at work.  I do read some posts and actually write some of my own posts, during breaks from work.  I had no breaks for a few weeks so no reading or writing.  I actually had one day that went from 6 AM to 10 PM without stop.  It was a Friday…  When I leave work after being beat up all day, the last thing in the world I want to do is sit in front of a computer….

A second part of why it started when it did is that I was a little down back in early August.  I’ll admit, a big part of that was after releasing The Halley Branch.  Does anyone else get a little “Post-Publishing Depression”?  At least this time I didn’t read a few long rants about how much people hate indie-author-bloggers, which I did after releasing The Fireborn….

After that I took a vacation.  I didn’t go far.  Actually, I spent a week on Cape Cod (surprise).  My parents came to visit during this week.  I did not feel like blogging at all.  I tried to stay away from the computer as much as possible.

And now I am back.

Hopefully I’ll have something a little more interesting for you soon :)

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 21st of July, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  We can go out back and and sit on our brick patio and contemplate the hillside.  It is a lovely morning so there is no reason to be cooped up inside.  Oh, were are we with a nice woods view out back?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as coming from New Hampshire.

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My back yard, looking across the driveway.

This is one of those weeks when I look back and don’t remember anything.  Work was busy.  Some good news there, but also some setbacks.  I did several training courses, which was good. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 20th of May, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in.  I’ll get a mug of strong French/Sumatra roast blend, a cuppa tea, some juice or whatever.  It is sunny, but a little chilly out there.  Don’t worry, it will warm up.  There might even be thunderstorms this afternoon. And were are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being taken in New Hampshire.

The big thing to talk about is the return of Spring.  The trees have leafed out nicely.  Everything is very green, except where there are flowers.  I mowed the lawn.  I’ve worn shorts most of last week.  Spring has Sprung.  If it wasn’t for the roads looking like a war zone, you would never know that we had winter.

Work was, well, not as busy as it has been, but still very busy. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 12th of May, 2018

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in.  It is kind of cool and grey out there.  It’s been threatening rain all day, with a few sprinkles here and there, but so far the heavy rain has missed us.  If you are wondering where I am, some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from my cottage on Cape Cod.

This has been another busy week.  Although Tuesday was a more “social” day at work, a large relatively informal gathering at the region office, most of the week at work was the week from Hell.  Well, not really, but it was busy and there were some not so good parts.  Hopefully I’ll return Monday well rested and ready to get back into it.

I came down to the Cape right after work on Tuesday.  Being at the Region Office put me over a third of the way here, so…  Also, I have my home set up as a telecommuting office, so no problems.  I was able to get out on the kayak after work on Wednesday and Thursday, made it to the beach with the dogs on Friday and did some walks in the woods.  I usually go to Chapin Beach on Saturday mornings, but because of the threat of rain, I took my walk in the woods.  I did see an immature eagle this morning, but I didn’t get any photos. Continue reading