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

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This week we're celebrating...

It's Friday again so we post things that we're celebrating this week. Thank you to VikLit at for starting this lovely group.Here's what we're cheering about this week:

  • My husband starts a new home health therapy job next week! We're so excited and grateful about it.
  • I sent my sister 2 of our books that she's giving to someone as a gift. After it was sent, I discovered that I transposed the first 2 numbers of the zip code. Instead of going to New Mexico, my package went to Texas! I tried for hours to contact the post office to have the package re-routed, but no one answered the phone. Finally, someone at the post office corrected the mistake and Holly will get the package today, yay!
  • We had a nice chat with Mom on Skype last week. Happy that she was laughing and cheerful.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

This week we're celebrating..

As you may know, on Fridays we celebrate things that happened during the week, big and small. Here's what we're cheering about this week:
  • Brendan had fun on his trip to Boston and now he's home safely.
  • We'll be talking to our mom on Skype this weekend. She moved to FL last month so we miss her.
  • Looking forward to Father's Day this weekend. Also wishing everyone a wonderful Father's Day!
  • My author friend Sarah Mazor has a new children's book out. It's so cute, as are all of her others. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out:
  • The outcome of the Belmont Race was disappointing, but I'm glad the owner of California Chrome apologized for the comments he made after the race.
  • I"m having fun doing interviews with Claire Power Murphy. Claire is a great host.
Be sure to stop by to find out what everyone is celebrating. VikLit is the founder of this group.
Happy weekend, everyone!


This is a picture of my dad.  He's in Heaven now and I miss him, but I think he'd be proud of what we've done.