Wednesday, July 3, 2024

MidWay Point & Big Changes

Exciting News!

Welcome to the IWSG for this month. We are halfway through 2024 and halfway through the summer. First, some updates:
  • My son is recovering nicely from his surgery. Not being able to play for a year is going to extremely difficult, but he's going to make the most of it and tough it out.
  • Writing is going super! I finished the rough draft of "LEFTY," the first novel in my new murder mystery series. To celebrate, I made a mockup cover for it. Now, begins the typing up and sprucing up. I hope to have a couple rounds of edits done by the holidays -- that's the goal. Wish me luck!
  • MAGNETRON is moving right along. I love exploring Italy. Some day I hope to go there!
  • And I'm very excited I signed up for THREE Book Events - in August, October, & November. We'll see how they go.
That's enough of that. Now, I'll get to my Big Changes...
  • My oldest son and his girlfriend are moving to Dallas! That is so far from Ohio. If anyone has anything to tell me about Dallas, I'd love to hear it. I was very blessed to have him live in my area the past few years. It's going to be very hard to have him move so far away. Waahhh!
  • We are considering moving to Florida in the not too distant future... depends on a lot of things. I lived there when I was a teen and twenty-something, so I know what it's like there. I left for several reasons, and I'm not real excited to live there again. But there are pros to it as well... I'll take comments about Florida too!
  • Lastly, these changes lead to many other considerations. I'm not a big fan of change, especially turning my life upside-down! I have some big decisions to make and adjustments to follow once they're made. The best way to deal with change is to pray--I know things will work out if I trust the Big Guy's plan for me. It's just hard not to worry about the what ifs!
That's about all the big news. Now that summer is half over, I'll be working on some lesson plans for next year. I love looking ahead to a new school year. And I plan to keep writing in all my spare moments!

Hope you are accomplishing your goals and staying cool!


Might be a soggy 4th this year - My dogs will be happy!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Praying is the best thing to do.
Don't know much about Dallas but I do know a ton of people are moving to both Texas and Florida. (Many from California...I wonder why?)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Not a fan of the heat but I'd live in either state. I tease my best friend in Texas that if things go south and Texas pulls from the Union, we're joining her.

M.J. Fifield said...

I'm glad that your son is recovering nicely from his surgery. I hope that trend continues!

Congrats on finishing your first draft! I meant to tell you that yesterday, and I completely forgot. That's so exciting! I'm also so glad to hear that MAGNETRON is coming along, too. You're awesome!!!

cleemckenzie said...

You have a lot going on, Tara. Hope whatever changes you decide to make are exactly right for you.

Tonja Drecker said...

Glad to hear your son is recovering well. Those are some large changes, but 'the Big Guy' always knows best. Congrats on getting so much done on the writing front, too!

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Tara! You have a lot going on. I hope your son's recovery continues to go well. I hope that you get clear direction about your big decisions. Take care of yourself!

Steven Arellano Rose Jr. said...

I'm glad to hear that your son is recovering from surgery. I think it's neat that your coming out with a new mystery novel! Good luck with it. And I'm praying that those changes work out for the best for you.

Carrie-Anne said...

I'm happy to hear your son is recovering well. Surgery is never fun.

My favorite aunt has frequently encouraged me to move to Sarasota, where she's been living for over twenty years now. My maternal grandma also lives there, though her mind isn't nearly what it used to be. I still want to make aliyah most of all (with my preferred cities being Tzfat and Jerusalem), though if I have to stay in the U.S. a bit longer, I'd definitely consider Florida. It's so nice to be on the beach and have a home overlooking the water.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara - so pleased your son is doing well - all the best to him as he adjusts to life in the healing lane. Choices - not always easy ... but life unfolds for us all. Take care and good luck with edits and writing ... cheers Hilary

Patricia JL said...

I'm glad your son is doing well.
Change is a scary thing, but you got it and will get through whatever comes your way.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

When you say big changes, you mean big changes!! Prayer is the best. I always pray on it and then follow the Gig Guy's lead. Hope your son heals fast and congrats on the writing! I'm intrigued by the murder mystery idea. I love a mystery!

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