Archive for October, 2011

Hello, again!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

      It’s been a while since I posted, so I thought I would write just a short blog to say hello.

     I have been very busy with a number of different obligations.  However, tonight I have a little time to write expressly to all of you.  First of all, thank you so much for your webmail.  I really enjoyed reading your comments! You helped me to understand which of my articles you have found most informative and entertaining.   Such knowledge has helped me to determine what topics I should write about in the future. 

     In the last few weeks, I have completed my last novel, A Time For Peace.  I have finished proofreading it and sent the manuscript to my publisher, Red Lead Press.  My book already has a copyright number, a selection of the front and back cover as well as a choice of design for the text.  Now I am waiting for the first set of proofs.  I am also getting ready to do more research on my next novel.   

     In between books, I actually get a little bored. I guess that is because writing is such an important part of my life.  However, I really need the break between writing projects because there are many other facets to my life than writing, even though writing is a life’s passion for me.  It’s good to spend more time with my husband, catch up on family visits, reading, household chores, doctors’ visits, and other necessary aspects of life.  In other words, yes, I love to write, but there are other parts of my life that I love, too.

      Like you, I have enjoyed the perfect weather, too.  Technically, it may not be Indian summer since we haven’t had our first frost yet, but it certainly feels like a beneficent return to summer.  What I like most is that the days are warm, but the nights are still comfortable.  Also, I don’t seem to need the air conditioner, even at night.   

     However, strangely enough, I am looking forward to the cooler weather.  I love autumn and most of the natural changes that go along with it, such as the exquisite colors of the leaves before they slowly drift off and fade away.  Before the shedding of the leaves, however, the magnificence of the natural beauty around us elevates our mood and brings us an inward peace. 

     I cannot believe that I have finally completed my most recent novel, A Time For Peace.   For years I thought of  the general plot of the novel, but I needed time to work out the specific aspects of the plot and then even more time to put it all together.  It is a novel about rediscovery of our inner selves, but it is also the story of the human need to have a deep relationship with God and a strong hope for eternal life one day. 

      I was inspired to write this novel through life-strengthening memories of James Hilton’s Lost Horizon, a novel copyrighted in 1933, which I first read in high school in the early 1960’s. Reading Hilton’s beautiful novel about an enchanting Utopian society made me wonder what it would be like to search for such a perfect place.  So in my novel seven characters are undergoing the search for shangri-La  (Hilton’s Utopia),  and whether they find it somewhere in the Far East, (the locale of Hilton’s novel),   is brought out in my book.  To me, it was a challenging project, the completion of which has been personally fulfilling. 

     Many people have been inspired by James Hilton’s intriguing novel to write their own reaction to it, but from the research I have done, no one has gone about it quite the way I did.  I have seen nonfiction quests, not a novel like mine with characters needing to find Shangri-La to help them endure in life.   I love being original and creative.

     It has been really nice to say hello again and fill in some of my activites during the last few weeks.  I hope things have been going well for all of you, and until my next blog, keep happy and healthy.

                                                                                                       Best wishes always,

                                                                                                        Cheryl