Updated: Sep 11, 2020

“Lean into the wind...”

Since the time I was a small girl I have loved the wind. There are the memories of hearing the whistle and moan of it as it whipped through the night around our house was always comforting to me. A couple places where we lived it could often be associated with other powerful and beautiful displays of awesome power; that jagged sizzle of lightning and the booming echoes of thunder.

I would find myself entranced with such vibrant dashes of nature and the One who created them. No, don't worry, I'm not going to start talking religion here; but it is part of what intrigued me and still does to this day.

As an adult I have lived a good part of it in the country. Here on the Oregon coast we are known for our conifer trees; hemlock, fir and spruce. We also can get some wild winds in the winter and I have often been outside to watch as the frenzy of the wind bends the trees and whips them all over to its own liking. To feel the force of the wind upon me makes me close my eyes to imagine where it has been and where it is yet to go. I envy its freedom and the lack of restraints to be where it wants to be and see what it wants to see.

My first book series has the subtitle The NW Wind Series. And each title will have the word "wind" in it. I hope that you enjoy my series and give me feedback either on here or on Amazon in the form of reviews. Please enjoy the poems about wind that I will occasionally post. I also hope that you have many opportunities to enjoy the wind upon your face whether it be the warm and gentle tradewinds or the stormy frenzy of one of our NW storms. May the wind always be at your back and your side.

How can I describe the wind

As it blows warm across my face

It's gentle caress upon a cheek

Disappearing without a trace

To catch the wind is possible naught

A wasted time for thee

As it howls up through the valley

To make trees bend their knee

It sends the fall leaves dancing

In a wild and frenzied way

I want to dance within the wind

I've oft been heard to say

A spoken word soft yet firm

It's roughened arms reach out

To take a whisper in the wind

And twist it all about

How can I describe its vanishing act

As the icy blast gains speed

For some they dread it's haughty cold

Yet for me the wind is need

I envy its free and boundless joy

As I see it's path beyond

A blazing kiss within the wind

As it whistles it's restless song

17 views0 comments

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

“A river cuts through rocks because of its persistence.”

So my last blog was primarily about trepidation and frustration. But, it's amazing what a little bit of determination can do also with encouragement and technical help from a friend and even hired!

I was determined to have my first book published for anyone out there to enjoy. Well, ok, I was actually hoping that some people actually fell in love with my characters and the series and couldn't wait to tell their friends and family, maybe even the rest of the known civilization. Hey, if you're gonna have a dream make it a big one, right!? So, with help and constant baby steps I forged ahead and voila! it got published! Now I do have to admit that there were some things I wish I would have watched a little closer on Instagram and maybe FB, which btw I do not have at this time, to determine the best way to build anticipation and excitement for a book release. For anyone who is wanting to release a book, do your homework about building excitement. There are some amazingly good examples online for doing that. One that comes to mind is Shannon Davis. She did an excellent job of making everyone just about giddy for her debut novel, Worth the Risk. It was a lesson learned on how I would do WAY BETTER from now on with any books I release.

So, to sum it all up in a neat little package, although personally I believe that messy gets the point across more succinctly even if maddening at the time, DO YOUR RESEARCH and do it well! Dig deep, know details and most of all be DETERMINED!

5 views0 comments

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

“Take the road less traveled by...”

Now there are a couple of words for you! And boy oh boy could we go on about both for some time couldn't we? But, it's interesting how at times we have both when working towards a goal. We can be determined to make something work with a lot of hard work and maybe a lot of sweat mixed in there, too.

Quite often though, in determining the goal we also end up with trepidation on HOW to reach said goal. I think we are all guilty of wanting something instantaneously. Uh, yeah, that rarely works out well. That's when another big word comes into play...complication! When we try to do everything at once we are probably going to complicate things. Oh no! Here it comes.....wait for it....frustration!

With becoming an author I can say with experience how these 'tion' words work because, yep, that's exactly the approach I took with becoming a first time author. Total inexperience, but with the feeling that my book was somehow magically, mysteriously going to fly itself into every home in the known country and hopefully, beyond with very little help from me. OMGoodness...rude awakening there Charli, ol' gal!. That's not how it worked at all. Let's suffice to say for now that I'm still learning this enormous learning curve. But, I'm slowly stumbling my way through the trepidation of dealing with technology...btw--I HATE having to actually DO technology. I only like it when it comes to me, opens itself up to exactly what I want and when I want. HA! Problem with that one...!! LOL!!! Like the GIF below I, at times, have felt like I was beating my head against the wall! Actually, what I really wanted to do is beat the computer or ipad against the wall. Hhehehehehe... that would have been way more satisfying, well at least temporarily LOL!!!

Next blog I'll tell you a little bit about determination. I think this is a pretty good start since I once told a friend that there was NO WAY I was ever going to blog! Just look at me now, would ya?!

7 views0 comments