Cold Days in November

I’m pretty busy this time of year. Work really picks up at the photography frame shop before Christmas. The majority of our sales are made in these two months. In addition, we’ve had some really cold and blustery snowy days lately and unfortunately, a pipe busted at the house so we are working on plumbing too. We just finished painting the last room in our home right before the plumbing concern happened. The painted room is a warm cappuccino brown color and really lovely. But between the plumbing and the painting…..I’ve got lots of work to do to get the house back in order. We had to shut off the water till the plumber arrives, so the dishes and laundry are starting to pile up high. He’ll be here tomorrow and I’ll be so grateful to see him.

I wanted to take some time to just check up on my blogger friends and see how you all are doing. I hope all is going well for you too, my writer friends, and best of luck with the writing!

I don’t really have any events planned for winter with the book Searching for Fire. But I have registered the book for consideration for a few award contests: American Book Fest Best Book Award 2019, Bram Stoker Award 2019, and Indie Diamond Book Award 2019.

I’ve also been working on a poetry collection and submitted it for the Lexi Rudnitsky First Poetry Book contest. I sent another poetry collection to the 29th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. And I met a very nice woman who said she’d help me with editing a manuscript I wrote for a science fiction story.

Hope you all are having a good evening too and, if you are experiencing this cold snow as well, I hope you are warm and cozy inside your home. Feel free to drop me a comment or two about how things are going for you. Thanks!


Author: J. Speer

I like to write. I have 5 books currently on Amazon, mostly fiction. I try to write positive and uplifting children's stories, expressive poetry for women, and interesting articles about personal growth, alternative medicine, and spirituality. My stories are often about diverse people but with human connection in mind through inner perspective. I love my characters especially the ones from my first book, Searching for Fire. I moved recently to Vermont. I live in the North Country region near Lake Willoughby, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. My heart will always be with Kansas but I love travel and meeting new people with diverse perspectives on life. I have found Vermonters to have many admirable qualities like stoicism and a love and stewardship of nature. My hobbies are writing, gardening, outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, and hiking. I am an amateur herbalist. Many years ago, an alternative medicine doctor cured me of a respiratory illness by teaching me about vitamins and for that, I owe her a debt of gratitude. I recently bought a Jeep Wrangler that fits my personality and love for adventure. Associated with the military in my younger years, I have lived in Israel, Germany, and Virginia as well - all of which I loved in different ways. I thoroughly believe in the military spouse phrase, "bloom where you are planted" and endeavor to carry a positive optimism wherever I roam. Most days are good but admittedly I get down sometimes. I am prone to sadness or severe cynicism at times, so I turn to music as my consolation and source of expression or inspiration. My favorite songs currently are "How Deep is Your Love" by the Beegees, "La Vie en Rose", "A Million Dreams" or maybe Karen Carpenter singing "Close to You" or Elton John singing "Your Song." I also like "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" by Starship or "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders. "Faithfully" by Journey always reminds me of rollerskating with friends in the 1980s. My favorite quotes are from the Velveteen Rabbit, Steve Jobs, and this one..."To the caterpillar it was the end of the world, but to the butterfly it was merely a beautiful beginning." Or there is the quote from Peter Pan teaching Wendy..."What if I fall? But, oh my darling, what if you fly?" I also believe in being a pearl - graceful on the outside but full of grit and gratitude on the inside. My favorite women of the Bible are Ruth, Hannah, and Hagar. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Cheers, friend.

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