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How I Did in March

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It is hard to believe that March is already over. It is time now to see how well I have done this month. My affirmation is: “I Seek First to Understand, then to be understood.” My intentions were to begin working on developing new relationships, however, the direction I ended up taking was in solidifying the relationships of those closest to me. I spent time developing the relationship with my roommates kids so that we are as much strangers as we have been since I moved in. Second, I went on a trip with my daughter to Branson. Three, I spent time with my son Jonathan who was here this month from Hawaii. I had a great time with my children at Colton’s Steak House.

I determined that I would change my headings for the month toward that direction. I have determined that I will be calling my children more, not so much to bother them like an old busy-body, but to let them know that their mother thinks about them every day. I am really grateful that each of my children have their own lives and that I prepared them toward being independent individuals. I know I am not a perfect mother, but I at least have allowed each of them to develop independent of me. Each one of them is capable of standing on their own two feet, even my not quite 14 year-old daughter.

Keeping Up With January and February Affirmations

I have not forgotten my affirmations from January and February either.

January, if you remember was “I am Organized and Productive.I have (for the most part) continued to use the schedule that I set up for myself in January.  I have continued with that in that I have cleaned out a closet that needed organization. In addition, I have made changes on my novel A Coward’s Solace as my first beta reader suggested and I handed it off to my second beta reader. I have also kept up with submitting to Bubblews and writing this blog regularly. In addition, I have been working on developing my author platform. I have started making arrangements for putting my book A Coward’s Solace Back out as a free book on April 4 & 5.

February My affirmation was “I am Energetic, Fit, Strong, and Healthy”. This month, I have been exercising on my roommate’s elliptical machine as well as continuing to eat healthy foods and taking vitamins. I HAVE NOT BEEN DIETING, I have simply been eating healthier and yet since last July drum roll peace, I have lost 30 pounds. It may not be fast weight loss, but like the tortoise, slow and steady will win in this race. I am seriously thinking about writing a book about this health gaining experience.

Coming Up In April

April’s Affirmation is “I Am A Spirit Being On A Physical Journey”. This month in honor of the fact that Easter, my blog will focus on Godly women of the Bible. Over the past few years, as I have read my Bible, I have found that many traditions concerning women of the Bible are inaccurate and have been promoted by books like Dan Brown’s The De Vince Code.. I am not sure exactly why this is true. Some of it may be because of the fact that our western culture is based on patriarchal society. Other reasons may be because Christianity has over the years embraced certain pagan traditions as Christian traditions.

I want to look at the Godly women of the Bible and determine how these women relate to me as a modern Christian woman. What can I take away from their experiences in my growth this year? Even more important, how can I share these insights with other women?

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Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

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This is my son Jonathan as a baby.

 

Jonathan,  my middle child, messaged me on Facebook a couple weeks ago that he was going to be home from Hawaii where he is a Chinese Linguist for the United States Air Force. I have not seen him in about two years so I was excited that he was coming home. Not that he was going to be staying at my house. He is a lot like I was when I was younger and in the military, he wants to spend most of his time with his friends, not with his family. Because I was like that when I was his age, I completely understand. Family is, well, family and they will always be there for you when you’re ready.

As his mother, however, who has gone through the recent loss of her father, sister, and brother, I know, however, that family is far more precious than we realize. Even though I understand that he does not want to spend all of his week’s vacation with his family, he needs to spend some time with us, so I arranged for his younger sister and his older brother and his girlfriend spend time together.

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This is him all grown up! Where has the time gone?

 

The problem is logistical. Time is an issue. I work twelve hour shifts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from eight to eight. My daughter lives over 120 from where I live and she goes to school during the day. My son Jeremy is a logger so if the sun is shining he’s out in the logging woods so he cannot take the amount of time off work to go to where my daughter lives.

Of course, me being Mom, I decided I would figure a way to make it happen. I decided that we would have dinner not at my house, but at a nice restaurant.This way, I could spend time with all my children rather than spending my time cooking before and cleaning up the mess afterwards. I talked to each of my children and asked them which day would be best. Because my daughter was taking part in cheer leading try-outs, the only day she had available was Tuesday. I talked to my sons and they were good with that. The next hurdle I had to go over was getting my daughter’s father’s okay to take her from school and take her 120 miles away from home on a school night. After making the promise to have her back home and in bed by ten, we had everyone on board to have dinner with their mother.

Because my truck can only hold two passengers, I borrowed a rental car so that I would have enough room for my son Jonathan and my daughter to spend some time conversing with one another on the two hour trip taking my daughter back home.

We Had a Great Time

When I picked up my daughter I predicted that her older brother would be late showing up, and that even though it was my idea that we get together, both of her brothers would try to pick up the tab. Sure enough both things happened.

My sons did not seem to compete against one another in other ways however, which I think was very admirable of them. Jonathan picked up the check and Jeremy paid the tip. Jonathan told me that he did not realize how much he and Jeremy had in common, and that he was glad to see him. Mind you, both have different philosophies in life, but both have an ethical connection to hard work. They have agreed to get together again today (Thursday) and that Jeremy would show Jonathan around. (Basically, he wants to show him his accomplishments.)

Committing to Writing Every Day

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As a writer, finding time to write is like that. Just as I had to take every other commitment into consideration for this get together, a writer needs to take into consideration every daily commitment before committing to writing time. As you make the commitment to write on a daily basis, other things often have to take a backseat to writing time. There are only 24 hours in a day, and we cannot do everything we want to do every day. We have to determine how important that activity is. For me, a get together with my children was important than writing, so I sacrificed and got all of my children in one place at the same time. However, writing is also important to me, so I learned to resent time taken away from my writing time. If I don’ get time to write every day, I get like a baby who hasn’t had a bottle for a while. I get a little cranky.

 

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Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


Like Looking For a Treasure

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Recently I read a book about goal setting and the author spoke of the goal as a treasure, the way to get to the treasure (goal) was the instructions to the treasure and the day to day activities as the heading, well the way that I have found myself heading was not quite where I expected to be going this month. The wind in my sails are not taking me quite in the direction that I intended to go this month. I had planned to meet a lot of new people this month, but as it happens, I have instead been reconnecting and solidifying my closest relationships.

Solidifying My Closest Ties

Earlier in the month I spent time with my roommates children and did things with them. Then I connected with a couple of close friends on the internet with intentions of getting together with them at a later date. Then I went to Branson with my daughter.

Tomorrow I will be seeing my son Jonathan who is coming back from Hawaii for a week. I will be driving the 120 miles to my estranged husband’s house to pick up my daughter and take her to a restaurant where her brothers Jonathan and Jeremy will meet us for dinner. I am not certain who all will be there, but we all like Colton’s Steak House so the food will be good. So far, everyone has agreed to the arrangement. Got to love it when a plan comes together. I definitely have to get a picture of all of us together.

Change of Heading

Because of the slight change in direction, I still find myself on course, I just changed the heading a little bit. I intend to next month work on my plan to work on establishing new relationships both in person and online. I am working on some of the ground work now that I wasn’t able to do earlier because of the weather.

I believe that it is good have a flexible plan like the one I am currently utilizing. It does feel more like being in a sailing vessel than on a speed boat though. I am gliding on the water, feeling the breeze in my hair, able to smell and taste the salty sea as I glide across the water. I hear the sea gulls as they circle the ship letting me know that land is nearby. I am just enjoying the journey.

The Edge Of My Comfort Zone

I recently heard a line on television that has me thinking. It was “life is at the edge of your comfort zone”. Although that sounds like a good saying, I personally would change it to read what I think is a more true statement  “growth is at the edge of my comfort zone”. Any time I think of period of growth in my life, i had to step to the edge of my comfort zone.To grow stronger, I have to exercise beyond what is comfortable. To grow in learning skills, I have to stretch beyond what I already know.To grow spiritually, I have to do things that are not comfortable to my ego. I’ve got to help people when I don’t want to, I have to pray when I don’t feel like it. I have to fast when I am hungry.

This dinner with my children tomorrow also takes me to the edge of my comfort zone. I am making sacrifices so that my children can be together for a meal. Not only am I leaving my comfortable home, going out to dinner and spending money,but  I am driving two 120 mile round trips in a single day so that my daughter can see her brother than she hasn’t seen in at least two years. Of course, I want this as much as anyone does! What mother wouldn’t? For a mother, no sacrifice is too much.

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Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


Plans to Make When God Turned His Head-FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME

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I have plans to make When God Turned His Head free again on April 4&5 on KDP select, so put it on your calendars if you have not read this book. Recently I updated the formatting so it will be easier to read than it was in the past. If however, you want a physical copy of the book, it is available from Lulu.com  at a lower price than you can buy it  in print anywhere else!

Within the next few days, all of my books will be available in print at the Oregon County Cooperative. This includes the books in The Locket Saga: including When God Turned His Head, Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and my nonfiction book Simply Vegetable Gardening.

Please Help Me By Reviewing My Books!

If you have read my books and you enjoyed them, would you please consider reviewing them with a five star rating on Amazon for me? It would help me so much if you did. I’ll even make it easy for you by providing a link to my author central book page, just click on the book you want to review and write the review! Thanks for your help! (oh, yeah, if you want to buy another of my books, you can do it from that page too.)

 

Making Amazing Progress On A Coward’s Solace

Soon I will be adding my new book to my published collection. I have been making amazing progress recently on my upcoming book The Locket Saga Book III- A Coward’s Solace. I just got the book back from my first beta reader who had very few corrections to make and most of those were minor grammatical errors. One mistake that she found was that I had written that George Washington rode a white roan, well, because she is a livestock person, she knew that there is no such animal as a white roan. There are red roans, blue roans, and bay roans, but there is no such animal as a white roan.  Good to know before the book is published for the general public, right?

Final cover for A Cowards Solace

 

Because she found so few errors in A Coward’s Solace, I was able to make the changes on Tuesday and then yesterday I took the book to my second beta reader. She has a history art degree, so if she finds few errors too and likes the story, I will be able to get it available for the general public very soon.

I have the results for the cover for the book done as well. I took the suggestions of which of four covers everyone liked. Because it had little color (it was black and white) I made the main title red but left the subtitle white and my author name black. This way when the book is in a thumbprint size, the title will still be readable.

 

 

 

 

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Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


Now that the winter weather has passed, and spring rains are upon us, I am looking forward to actually getting out and meeting people like I plan to do. Up to this point this month, I had not been able to because every Wednesday since the beginning of the month there has been no church until last Wednesday when I was in Branson with my daughter.This week, I plan to change all that, because this Wednesday I am going to one of the churches.

 

 

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When I spoke to those people in Branson last week, I know I should have shared my business card with them and told them that I was going to have my book When God Turned His Head available free on Kindle on April 4 & 5, but I just didn’t have the guts to do it. Perhaps I should have, but now it is too late. It was, as far as I am concerned, a missed opportunity.

 

Last week I did share a copy of each of my published books with my business card included  to a silent auction to earn money for a worthy cause. I also have let some sites know that I am going to be giving my books for free on those days. I do however feel really bad that I didn’t share with those employees in Branson.  I think they would have enjoyed a free copy of my book. I really need to learn to put myself out there. What is the worst that could happen? Someone say no thanks? bookcover 4

 

 

 

I still have not picked up my most recent draft of A Coward’s Solace from my first Beta reader. That should happen this week. I really need to get the next step done so that I can move forward toward getting the book published for the general public.

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Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


On my last post I mentioned that my daughter and I were going to Branson for her spring break, well, it didn’t last long, but that is exactly what we did. After I picked up my daughter in Springfield, we decided to go first to Branson Landing. There we checked out the stores for about an hour before heading to drop our stuff at the room.

Our Room at the Victorian Palace Hotel

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We arrived at our hotel at 3 pm on March 9. We arrived early enough so that we could drop off our suitcases to head off for the show we planned to watch that night.

The Dixie Stampede

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We arrived at the Dixie Stampede for the 5:30 show which actually started at 4:40 with a pre-show of jugglers. The show reminds me of what Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was like. There were horses, wagons, funny stunts, cowboys, cowgirls, Indians, animal races and the like. We had soup, a cheesy biscuit, a whole small chicken, pork loin, corn on the cob, baked potato, and an apple turnover all which we had to eat with our fingers. The think that the best part was the fact that it was so interactive. We all had a great time! After the show, we went back to our room where we got an early night so that we could conserve our energy for the following day’s events.

The Titanic Museum

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Our only other scheduled activity was to go to the Titanic Museum which we did on Tuesday. We each got a card at the beginning of the tour telling of one of the passengers of the ship. We were to discover whether or not our person survived. I was a young mother in second class and Boni was an older woman in first class.

One of the many things that we learned that I found coincidental was that lifesavers candies was invented the same year that Titanic sank. Titanic was considered unsinkable and there were not life boats for all of the passengers on the ship. Clarence Crane, Chocolate maker first invented Crane’s Peppermint Lifesavers in the summer of 1912. Round life-preservers with the hole in the middle for tossing to a passenger fallen overboard were just beginning to be used. But that was only half of the story. Chocolates were hard to sell in the summer, so Crane decided a mint would help increase his summertime sales. At that time, most of the mints came from Europe and were square-shaped

At the end of our tour, we discovered our Titanic person’s fate. My daughter’s woman survived and so did my person as well as her husband and child. .

Branson Landing and Tanger Outlet Mall

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At Branson Landing, we shopped, ate ice cream and a pretzel and shopped some more. We did the same at Tanger. Last night after a long day of shopping, we were both exhausted and didn’t feel like eating out so we stopped at the grocery store, bought a bunch of junk food and vegged out the rest of the evening in the room.

People We Met

Probably the best part of the trip for me was meeting the people. Because the tourism isn’t in full swing in Branson, the people who worked there were not all that business so they were able to stop and talk. At our hotel, I met a man from Belize who worked there. He had also worked in Doniphan and in Mammoth Springs which was not far from where I live. He had been to my town and knew the Mexicans who worked with one of my brothers. Small world, wouldn’t you say? He also had worked in Mammoth Springs where one of my current co-workers used to work. He didn’t know the people that I knew, but he knew people that knew people that I know. Which made me think about the theory of the six degrees of separation.

Another person that I found interesting was a young man who worked as a cowboy at the Dixie Stampede. I didn’t talk to him much, but just enough to discover that his name was J.R. (No, his last name was not Ewing).

At the Titanic Museum, one of the workers in the gift shop had heard me commenting on the fact that my person’s husband and child also were survivors. He was from London, England. He handled me the book based on this family. He chose the right person. I love books. I decided right away to buy it.

I talked quilts with the owner of Branson Quilts at Branson landing and had a long conversation about food with the lady who worked at the As Seen on TV Store. I told her about Bobbi Flay’s waffle french toast which she Googled. We talked a long time with Lisa at Victoria’s Secret where we bought matching sweat shirts.

Headed Home in the Morning

After several Krispie Kreme donuts and coffee, we headed home yesterday morning. Boni was home at about noon and I was home three hours later. It was not a long vacation by any stretch of the imagination, but it was loaded with memories for both of us.

 

Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

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