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The family said WHAT? #MFRWAuthor

Week 2 of the MFRW year-long blog challenge! Click on the list at the bottom to travel to all participants. This week’s theme? How my family supports my writing.

 

None of us could do what we do without support, and when family is on our side, we thrive – we can take on the world. For starters, the most important family member in my life – my husband – is my co-author, so we face the world with a solid foundation.

We got a good head start in the families we grew up in. Our parents are gone, but all four of them encouraged creativity and supported unconventional choices, however ill-advised some of those choices might have seemed at the time.

Hubs’ mother was an avid romance reader, especially during the nine years she was a widow after his dad died. As her eyesight worsened, we’d hit our local used book store for a half-dozen large-print romance books every three weeks before making the five hour drive to check in on her for the weekend. She did read (and liked) a couple of our early romantic suspense stories, although she confessed she “skipped over” the sex parts. She would probably not have approved of the erotic direction our writing later took.

Both my parents, on the other hand, probably would have, and I think my dad would even admit to some envy, were he still here. His older sister – my aunt – worked for the Kinsey Institute, so no topic was off limits when she was around. She and he are probably doing fist pumps as they watch us navigate the publishing world with our sexy stories. My mother would probably have kept her approval more hidden (she disapproved of my aunt). But when it came time for me to clean out their last apartment, on the bookshelf hidden behind the clothes in her closet I found a well-read copy of the Kama Sutra, so I know her heart would have been on our side.

We carry their support with us, always.

 

Wild Geese that Fly…#MFRWAuthor

…with the moon on their wings

Oh. MY favorite things – well, the Sound of Music list works pretty well for me, it turns out.

So I’ll top off this list of favorites with something from the original REAL Maria Von Trapp – I grew up listening to the Von Trapp Family Singers Christmas album every year. Perfect harmony, beautifully blended voices. That sound was Christmas for me and has never been replicated since.

In no particular order:

Music: making music, listening to music, moving to music.

           

Being outdoors: Here’s a photograph I took on our Christmas Day hike in the Saguaro National Park, looking east toward Mt. Lemmon. I think Maria Von Trapp would have liked this, too, though the Saguaros would have been unfamiliar to her.

Reading: I’m an author, right? As a child, I would hole up in my room and read whenever possible, sometimes even causing me to miss dessert.  I’m grateful for a family who understood.

Traveling: We’ve retired (from day jobs) to the Southwest and spend summers traveling (and writing) in our motorhome. I can’t imagine a better life, though I always loved my various jobs (therapist, counselor, teacher) when I was working full time. A couple favorite spots:

Taos Pueblo, NM                          Cathedral, Merida, Mexico

Staying healthy: strongly related to all of the above. I could do none of these things if I didn’t have my health, and I invest a lot of time and energy doing whatever’s within my power to maintain it.

There’s lots more, but this hop has fifty-one more weeks, plenty of time! One thing I noticed – all these faves are things I do, not things I possess. I like that. What are some of your favorite things?

This Blog Hop is sponsored by Marketing for Romance Writers. Check out everyone else’s favorite things below. We don’t just sell books (though we do love to do that), we’re all real people who love connecting with readers about all the things that matter to us.

 

Perfect Weekend

On crisp autumn days when I was a little girl, my mother often sang a song with the following lines:

Oh sun and skies and clouds of June

And flowers of June together

You cannot rival for one short hour

October’s bright blue weather

 

I found myself singing it this weekend, which seemed to stretch endlessly and beautifully, bright and blue and warm and gentle, the perfect goodbye for fall.

 

We worked hard and played hard – finished cleaning the garage, got the flower beds tucked in for winter, made at least a dent in the never-ending oak leaves, and finished our afternoon with a long walk along our favorite riverside trail, where the low water level and slower flow caused by a stretch of dry weather meant the usually brown and muddy river perfectly reflected the bright October sky.

 

I know winter’s coming (and I’ve got nothing against June and its flowers, either), but I love nothing better than a bright October weekend and I’m grateful for the gift.

 
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