It was June when I last wrote to let you know that I planned to spend the summer writing a novel. After weeks of spinning tales, my path changed abruptly when I sensed the Lord telling me to put down the novel and start another book. Having learned long ago to trust God when He speaks to me, my novel moved to the side of my brain assigned to daydreaming while another book began taking shape on the to-do side. I’ll write more about this project at a later time.
I’ve just returned from a much-needed vacation to my favorite mountain in Georgia. While there, my husband and I took a side trip to the fascinating Cherokee Tribe Reservation in North Carolina where we spent hours in the Oconaluftee Village, a re-creation of 1760′s Cherokee life. If you have the opportunity, consider visiting.
In the town of Cherokee, hubby and I had lunch at Paul’s Family Restaurant where we enjoyed frybread, a traditional Cherokee food made of flour, water and natural sweetener that is fried. Wish I had the recipe!
We ended the day’s outing with a drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At Clingman’s Dome, we reached an elevation of 6643 feet. The views were incredible. Even better was the fragrant scent of Frasier fir trees that grow prolifically there. Early touches of fall could be seen throughout the forests. Loving the mountains, it was difficult to leave.
So now I’m back home and, after refreshing my spirit and creativity, I’m ready to write for you. I have scheduled several book giveaways, so be on the lookout!
What are your plans for Fall?
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I’d like to relax and read and travel this summer. Instead, I’ll be spending a lot of time with several people who live in the 1700′s and others who live in our current year.
In May, I attended a writers conference where I took classes, enjoyed the companionship of writer friends, and spoke with people in the Christian book publishing community. I didn’t go to the conference to pitch a book. No, this year I went to learn and enjoy and relax.
In spite of my effort to not speak about the book I’m writing, editors I met asked what I was writing. Reluctantly, I told them about “the book,” stressing that it’s not completed. Lack of completion didn’t concern them; they want to see the manuscript. Uh, the manuscript that is currently part on paper and part in my head.
In order to put the entire book on paper, I must spend the summer writing daily. Which means that there will be less time for me to write SOAR WITH EAGLES articles. It even feels sad to say this because I simply love to write for you.
Although I’ll be writing fewer summer articles, I’m hoping to periodically post book reviews for published authors who have become my friends. After all, summer is a great time for laying back and reading books that grab us and transport us to places and times we’d never be able to visit otherwise. Um, unless you’re writing one of those books.
What are your plans? Will you have time to relax and read? Traveling anywhere? Expecting company? Projects calling your name?
Wherever you go, whatever you do, enjoy your summer days. The Lord makes each one especially for you.
I’m missing you already.
“Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits.” Psalm 68:19a.
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Cynthia Howerter © 2012