There’s a lot that’s swirling around in my head these days, the top of that list being sheer gratitude for life in general. There’s something about starting and ending the day with a simple “Thank You” that makes all the rest in between all the sweeter. 2015-02-15 18.37.41 Estes Jan 2015 It’s hard to believe it was a few short weeks ago that my husband and I were enjoying our time in Estes Park for Valentine’s weekend, walking along the riverwalk in the falling snow, everything blanketed in a thick, pristine layer of white. Then cozying up in front of the fireplace with a cup of tea and a good book while the snow piled high outside the window. The weather this past week in Colorado has been beyond beautiful. Add to that the extra hour of daylight in the evenings–thank you Daylight Savings Time–and I feel completely rejuvenated. Once the sleep issues resolved themselves from the time change. But that’s a small price to pay for longer evenings and warmer weather. Yesterday I had the afternoon off work so I slipped into yoga pants and a T-shirt and camped out on the patio. I put my feet up and let the warm sun seep deep into my muscles, relaxing me into a state of bliss. The birds were flying in and out from the feeders, a squirrel ran along the top of the old wooden fence, three times, for the sole purpose of teasing Roxie, my dog, I’m sure–who took the bait hook, line and sinker–and the wind chimes chimed their magical meditative tune. I watched as Roxie settled into a state of complete contentment lying in the grass, head dipping as she dozed, and I savored every bite and crumb of a lemon muffin and every drop of a cup of coffee. It was better therapy than money could ever buy. While on the patio, I finished reading Louisiana Longshot: A Miss Fortune Mystery, by Jana DeLeon, an entertaining read that provided a healthy dose of laughter more than once, and one I would highly recommend. I will definitely be reading more of her work. I also tweaked the back cover copy of my book, Shear Madness, and have decided while editing that I don’t so much like the first person present tense. While present tense seems to add a sense of immediacy, it didn’t read smoothly. So on my next run through I’ll be changing it to first person past tense. I would be interested in hearing what you prefer–present tense or past? Which do you find easier to read? I’m thankful for all of my blogging–and blog reading–friends, and hope you all have a beautiful weekend. Carpe Diem

6 thoughts on “Hodgepodge

  1. So relaxing in the sun. As to your first person present tense question, all my books are written that way. It is a way to get the reader into the story. Past is okay and much easier and lets the reader ‘sit it out’ if they so choose. I prefer present but if you are more comfortable with past okay. Most readers would probably like it better.(a lot of my excellent reviews mention the first person present as something that needs getting used to reading. One reviewer even said she hated the present tense but loved the story (four star)

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  2. Sounds like you’ve had some lovely relaxing time. I always have sleep issues around the spring time change, too. It takes me a week or so to get used to it.
    I’m not fond of the first person present tense. I’ve picked up and put down a couple of books without finishing because I don’t care for it, but that’s just me. You should do whatever feels right to you for your story.

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  3. I’m with you on first person present tense. I thought I would like it so I revised accordingly. But then when I read through it, discovered ‘not so much’. So it’s going back to first person past. 🙂


  4. Oh, it sounds so lovely there! I personally prefer past-tense with a few exceptions. I just think it flows better and it a little easier to read (and write!) What changes did you make on the back? Happy Easter! 🙂

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    • Past tense seems to be the general favorite. I agree, it does flow smoother. 🙂 I’ll update my back cover on my blog when I take a breather. I’ve kinda set it aside until Camp NaNo is done. Happy Easter to you as well! 🙂


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