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Monday, March 31, 2014

An Old Friend Arrives

To a writer, I don't think there is anything more exciting than finding a treasure that has to do with the writing life. Saturday, I was wandering through a small town when the drizzle of rain turned into a downpour. I ducked into what I thought was a boutique, as an old fur coat lay draped over a silk dress in the window. Surrounding the area where the clothing items were posed were dainty handkerchiefs and lace gloves, a memory of a past moment.

Once inside, I shook off the water deciding to stay put until the rain softened again. Spinning around, I was mesmerized. Pockets of the oversized rooms were decorated in distinct vignettes of the past. A  kitchen chair of the fifties, complete with a turquoise metal table was decorated with colorful melamine cups and plates. Two half aprons hung from a metal coat rack awaiting the homemaker that would never again arrive.

I moved through the store, a smile cutting into my face as I reminisced about the things I had seen in my grandmother's kitchen so many years ago. Glancing to my left, I caught the view of a small dark area set back in the corner of the store. Two bookcases slapped into a corner with an attached piece of weathered wood made an enticing workspace. Old books lines the shelves, their gold spines drawing me forward. An old velvet wingback chair was haphazardly pushed to the side, as though a writer had gone for his next cup of coffee. It was then I saw it. The Underwood Typewriter. Black as coal, a piece of parchment paper stuck in the coil of the spinner, keys aching to be pounded. I had to have it. Any writer would.

This particular model was built in the late 1920's, a later model of the original Underwood #1 & #2 which were built between 1896 and 1900. What a find! This little gem makes me feel like writing every day!

As a writer, finding such a treasure on a cold and rainy day, can unblock a month's worth of writing gloom. In my mind I hear the force behind the last writer who punched these keys bringing some great story to life. I am at my desk looking at the old thing now. Just makes a cloudy day sunny, doesn't it?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Watch for a New Author Post in Early April!

I have had the pleasure of getting to know a lovely young woman named T.C. Avey. On Or about April 7, 2014, T.C. will be publishing her first novel titled, THE PRECIPICE, When Everything We KnowEnds...

This is a story you will want to read and think about, as the premise of the story relates to Christians today. The other good news for my readers is that T.C. has agreed to do a guest post! So keep an eye open in the first week of April for her exciting post and her new release.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Whirlwind Tour of Austrailia

Just a quick note to catch you up to date. I have spent nights wandering the back roads of the state of Victoria! it's capital, Melbourne. Seeing both the ocean and the Dandenong Range of mountains, one could not have a better picture of this glorious area. Last night, just before the stars burst from the sky, a new friend popped me on the back of a golf cart and drove me through a gold course where hundreds, and I mean hundreds of  kangaroos grazed on the wild weeds that surrounded the course. How could anyone not believe in creation when they see the beauty God has put before us?

Look to the left, as I have posted some photos! G'day mate!

Sunday, March 2, 2014


In the mornings here, the air is light with the coming fall. Birds of all sorts scream cries I have never before heard. Puffin Billy's steam engine chugs by not far from where I am staying. But this morning, this very morning, I am on the beautifully fern covered patio drinking warm tea and listening to the bright colored parrots that seem to be everywhere in the trees here. I am ever amazed at god's creations!