Thursday, July 24, 2014

This week we're celebrating...

Thank you for VikLit for starting this lovely group where we celebrate big things and little ones on Fridays. Be sure to stop by to see what's happening there.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • My interview with my little friend, Althea. She's adorable and her interview is posted on this site.
  • Fun at our birthday celebration for our son, Shane
  • More slow progress on my new book
Wishing all of you a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An interview with Althea

Althea, her adorable dog, Apple and her favorite chicken, Wobble.
"Today, I'm very happy to be spending time  chatting with my young friend, Althea, who is nine years old."
“Althea, I’m so excited that you are talking with me today. I know my readers will love learning more about you.”  Now we’ll get to our questions.”

How long have you been riding?

I have been riding for about 3 years.

Do you have a favorite pony? If you do, please tell us his/her name and why he (or she) is your favorite. You may describe him for us if you like.

My favorite horses are Rosie and Mi Jito. I like Rosie because she is very sweet and  gentle and listens to you. (She’s a school horse trained to listen but she’s still great.) I like Mi Jito because you really have to work with him a lot, and he’s got some trouble in him but he’s a very sweet horse and has a really great personality.

What else do you like doing for fun?

Some other things I do are ice skating, art, piano, fencing, skiing, and climbing.

Have you even ridden in a horse show? If you haven’t, would you like to? If you have, did you like it?

I have never been in a riding show, but I would like to!

What do you think you might like to do when you grow up?

A job I might want when I grow up is being a dog vet (only for dogs!), or an artist.

What are some of your favorite books?

A few of my favorite books are the Tintin series, the Narnia series, and Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher.

Is there anything else you’d like to talk about?

In Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes I really like the character Hattie because she loves hats and is very silly.

Thank you for interviewing me!  

 "I loved getting to know more about you. By the way, your picture is lovely. I’m so pleased that you included your little dog, Apple and your favorite chicken named Wobble. You did an excellent job naming them. Hattie would be hopping around with joy if she knew you had such a cute chicken friend!”


Thursday, July 17, 2014

This week we're celebrating....

It's Friday again and that means we cheer about whatever we can, big or small, that happened during the week. Here's what we're happy about this week.

  • My friend, Sarah, is enjoying her vacation with her family.
  • A lovely Skype chat with my mom and sister last week.
  • No big, scary thunderstorms this week. Our dog, Elliott, worries about those loud storms.
  • We saw a mama deer her tiny baby wander through our yard this week. The baby looked about a week or two old. It was really cute. It stopped to look around, but then couldn't find mama so it ran off to catch up with her.
  • The first paycheck from my husband's new job!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

This week we're celebrating...

It's Friday again so we write about what we're celebrating this week. Thanks to VikLit for starting this blog. Be sure to visit her:
Here's what we're cheering about this week:

  • My author friend, Janice Spina celebrated her birthday this week.
  • We had a hail storm but no damage to the house.
  • Shane returned safely from his vacation.
  • I made more progress with editing, so we're creeping along with it.
  • The farm where I grew up is for sale. It could be a good thing if the prospective buyer renovates our beautiful house.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.

copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014
picture from internet

Thursday, July 3, 2014

This week we're celebrating....

Sending a special thank you to VikLit for starting this lovely blog where we celebrate things that happened during the week. Be sure to stop by her blog and see what everyone else is cheering about.
This week we're cheering about:

  • The Fourth of July: Happy Birthday America! We hope all of you have a great day and that you're grateful for our freedoms, which come at a high price.
  • Continuing to make slow progress editing my new book: This time it seems to be taking forever,but I'm still creeping along with it.
    Being tagged by my dear friend, Janice Spina in her blog Janice is getting ready to release her first novel, Hunting Mariah. Congratulations, Janice!
Wishing everyone a wonderful, safe and happy holiday weekend.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Take the risk..

Special thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for starting this group to help authors and aspiring writers conquer their fears. Be sure to stop by
Being free of new insecurities, I wanted to share some advice with all of you.
I think one of the biggest problems authors face is fear. It relates to many things, but one of the biggest is failure. We think if our work is rejected it's a failure. If we get a less than stellar review, we're terrible writers. The thing is, if we want to prevail, we must risk everything. We must put our work out for everyone to see. Realistically, not everyone will like our work. My dad was a wise and gifted man. When I faced disappointment he'd say,"No matter who you are, or what you do, not everyone will like it." Remember that bit of sage advice. We all have disappointments. I can't tell you how many times I worked tirelessly to prepare for a horse show and I lost, or I fell off. It was humiliating, I thought because I worked harder than most, I deserved to win, especially if the winner was someone who only rode their horse the morning of the show and expected to win with no practice. When I was studying writing, I was not so happy to learn about all the weaknesses I had in my stories. But the teachers were kind enough and wise enough to also spotlight the things I did well to encourage me to do better. Writing is like other things; the more you practice, the better you'll become. You learn from disappointments and even failures. When I was learning to jump horses, I fell off countless times. But eventually, I learned what to do to stay on.
Finally, I'd say if you risk putting your work out for everyone to love or despise, you've taken a huge first step. Remember everything you write will be something you cherish. You have edited it till you're practically cross-eyed. You've got an opening with a "hook." You've included enough conflict to peak your readers' interest. You've created believable characters, instead of boring perfect ones. Your ending ties things up nicely. You never would have reached this point if you hadn't taken a huge risk. Congratulations!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This week we're celebrating..

Thank you to VikLit for starting this lovely group where we celebrate big things and little things that happened during the week. Remember to stop by to check out what people are cheering about.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:
  • My husband has started his new physical therapy job! We're excited that he'll be using his amazing skills to help people feel better.
  • I might be talking to our mom on Skype this weekend. Just waiting to see if it can be arranged.
  • My sister called from New Mexico and she and her husband are doing well.
  • I'm still editing my new book, but things are moving along with it. At least we're making progress.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
copyright 2014 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne