May 7, 2013

May Already!

Hello readers!

    My apologies for having posted no pictures or much of anything for such a long time. I have been so busy, and learning so much, I have been lucky to get any time even to work on my next novel.
      Things have settled down now though, my first book signing is scheduled. I have practiced my signature and bought the right pen as per my publisher's instructions. I never imagined how much work this would be. I naively thought I'd write a book, work like hell to get someone to publish it and voila! Nope, not so much.
      At this point in my life I am learning how exciting, and how much responsibility goes with having created something people I don't even know really like. I have gotten cards, and emails and thanks from around the globe. It's humbling and flattering and I'm so touched that my story and characters have moved people.

      I am deep into the next book, South of Stavewood, and enjoying writing it more than ever knowing that there's some folks out there who might actually be excited to read it. This is great because I love to write!!!

     So to give you all a rest from my carrying on about my book I will instead tell the story of my beautiful screened porch.
     There was something of a porch on the side of my house. It had a roof and kind of a deck and railing, but I would not really refer to them that way. They were barely attached and if you pushed them even slightly they fell right over. No one but me was allowed out there. This was a shame because there is a set of lovely French doors leading from the living room. There is also nearly always a breeze, even on the hottest Pennsylvania summer days.
      One evening my husband came out and remarked that we ought to screen it in. The poor man had no rest from that moment on, and I now have a beautiful screened in room on the side of my house.
Here it is, I hope you enjoy!

This is what the house looked like when we bought it. The lattice underneath was filled with those carpenter bees and the roof was sagging:

 
This was taken right after we finished it. This was before the fence and deck went in:

 
You can't see it here, but we also have added a ceiling fan. It is a great place to sit even on the hottest days.