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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 10/1/18 – ACFW, NINC, and Hallee’s Allies

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat! I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers.

Today I’m talking about the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, Novelist Inc. Conference, and signing up for my street team. I hope you learn more about me through my response:

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Monday Morning Chat: My Favorite Time Period

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

Today I’m answering the question:

You wrote a series set in World War II. Is that your favorite time period?

Love the question! I hope you learn more about me as a writer through my response:

 

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Perspective and Blessings

This is a busy time of year for me. It’s harvest season, and even though I didn’t put in a garden this year, I have friends who did and still find myself blessed with a bounty of produce that needs to be “put up”. For those of you who don’t do home preserving, what I mean by that is that it needs to be prepared in some way and then preserved in some way.

canningThis weekend, in the midst of the weekly paperwork that I process for Olivia Kimbrell Press, I processed about two bushels of tomatoes (I’m sure there’s a stray tomato seed stuck on some invoice somewhere). I made a massive pot of spaghetti sauce (which has currently been cooking for three days and is now on the stove reducing and thickening up) and filled two crock pots with quartered tomatoes that stewed from Saturday night until Sunday evening. Monday morning, I canned the seven quarts of tomatoes that came out of the two crock pots. I should get at least seven quarts of spaghetti sauce.

As I washed the jars and prepared to can the tomatoes, I realized how blessed I am to be able to perform this process. Not only do I have running water (something my ancestor sisters who had to can tomatoes didn’t have, and something way too many people in today’s world don’t have), I have a big pressure canner, I have a big pot in which to cook the sauce, I have an immersion blender to blend the sauce, and I have not one but two crock pots in which to stew the tomatoes — saving me an entire day of cooking.

tomatoesThinking about my ancestor sisters who had to haul water by hand and mash tomatoes with something other than a high-speed rotary blade, I realized that I am truly blessed to be living where I live in the time period in which I live. Consequently, I was able to get seven quarts of tomatoes canned and still have five hours of writing time to spend on Valor’s Vigil, book 8 in the Virtues and Valor series.

Getting in the frame of mind for entering into 1942 Occupied France in the midst of canning makes me think of one of my prized possessions: The Ball Canning Book from 1948. I love it. My grandmother bought it the year my mother was born. A huge portion of my childhood memories revolve around my grandparents’ garden in Oregon and my mom and grandmother canning in the fall. Growing up, we always had a shelf full of home-canned items that we would bring home from my grandparents’ home.

So, now I’m getting back into Occupied France while I smell the spaghetti sauce reducing on the stove. We’ll know the influence if I end up bringing the Italians into my German fight. I’m also going to start thinking about a preserving cookbook.
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Worst Trip Ever

Last week I traveled from Lexington, Kentucky, to Phoenix, Arizona, for Arizona Dreamin’. It was a fantastic time. I hope to be invited back next year.  But, the week I went, on Wednesday our 6-year-old had a stomach bug, and on Friday, sitting at the gate to fly out of Lexington, the school nurse called to tell me that our 7-year-old was sick as well. I got him picked up and taken care of and we flew out – we were only there from Friday until Saturday night, then flew a red-eye to arrive home on Sunday morning.

The entire trip, I was paranoid about getting sick. I’ve always been susceptible to stomach bugs. But, as I’ve gotten older, I don’t *always* get the anymore when my kids get them. I think it’s just because I’ve had every possible strain I could ever have *heh*. But, every twinge in my stomach, I’d think, “Oh no. I’m going to be Typhoid Mary and send this stomach flu all over the world.” It never did happen, though (thank you, God.)

This weekend, I’m at the Southern Christian Writers Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It’s about a 7.5 hour drive for me. When I woke up Thursday morning, my stomach was upset. But, I chalked it up to the fact that for the last 5 weeks, I’ve been on  a strict vegan/no refined sugar diet. But, on Wednesday night, we had company for dinner and I made beef stroganoff and strawberry pie. I thought my body was rejecting the idea of my over-consumption of red meat and sugar the night before.

I lied down for a bit in the morning, and around 11 felt much better. So, I packed and left the house.

I started feeling lousy again about an hour into the trip. I actually called the hotel to cancel the reservation, but I was beyond the window of being able to do that, so I decided to go ahead and plug forward since I was going to be charged for the room, anyway.

Not the best decision.

About three hours into the trip, I was very sick. Thankfully, I’d made it to a rest area. I had about 4.5 hours to go in one direction, or turn around for 3 hours to get home. I felt a lot better, so I decided to keep going. I never got sick again, but I started running a fever that made my body ache, and I had to drive through this horrible, horrible storm that was hitting the Huntsville, Alabama area with 60-65 mph winds and heavy rain.

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I have never been so happy to get to my hotel.

I’m a big proponent of letting a fever do it’s job in the body. Consequently, I didn’t want to take anything for it, even though my muscles ached. Instead, I ran to a store and bought some organic soup and lavender bubble bath. I soaked in the tub until I just couldn’t stay awake anymore, then went to bed.

I had a very restless night due to the fever, but woke at 4AM feeling better. My fever was down to low grade, I was hungry and have been sipping on soup while I type this, and just have a faint headache — which I’ll chalk up to the lack of coffee yesterday.  I have several hours before the conference starts, which will give me more time to monitor that the fever is truly gone and that I’m capable of withstanding a 9-hour day of writerly things.

My husband suggested I skip this conference and stay home. I almost did, but I truly felt better after spending the morning lying down. At one point while driving during the hellish storm, I thought, “If I get swept away by a tornado, Gregg is going to be SO mad at me or not listening to him.” HA!

Last night, apparently one of the boys was running a high fever as well, and complaining of a stomach ache. Clearly, whatever bug hit LAST week isn’t the same as this one. And, while I’m incredibly thankful to not have flown to Phoenix with a stomach bug, whatever this is isn’t the same thing. I just pray that I haven’t gotten anyone sick while I was having as minimal contact with people as possible.

*UPDATE* It’s now 9AM local and I feel perfectly fine. I’m so thankful it was a 24-hour thing, and just pray that I got no one else sick while traversing my south-bound route.
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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 21

I often post a list of all the things for which I’m thankful on Thanksgiving. But, in an effort to get back into the habit of daily blogging, I’ve decided to do a post a day for the month of November.

21. Mindless Entertainment

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I LOVE mindless entertainment. It relaxes me and frees my mind from the constant thinking, planning, creating. It gives me a bit of a break, sometimes an hour, sometimes two — the more thrilling, the better. A good movie preview will even give me chills. Date nights revolve around movie releases. It’s silly, but I am completely okay with that.
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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 20

I often post a list of all the things for which I’m thankful on Thanksgiving. But, in an effort to get back into the habit of daily blogging, I’ve decided to do a post a day for the month of November.

20. Prayer

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I posted a Facebook and Twitter status yesterday and asked, “How can I pray for you today?”

It is amazing the responses I got, publicly and privately. I was blessed all day long with the ability and freedom to pray for my friends and their friends. My asking and people responding blessed others as well, and they were open in sharing how much they appreciated it.

To have an open line to talk to God and know that He hears me and He answers me is unfathomable to my little human brain.

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. ~Psalm 4:1

I am thankful for prayer and the ability to pray and the knowledge that I have people praying for me.

 

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