Saturday, October 20, 2012

October: My Favorite Writing Month!

"Youth is like spring, an over-praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes.  Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits." - Samuel Butler
 Full Hunter's Moon.

The Native Americans referred to the full moon in October as the Hunter's Moon.  The  time to hunt in preparation for winter. The full Moon is also sometimes called the Travel Moon or the Dying Grass Moon.

 According to the Old Farmer's Almanac
--The crescent Moon hovers to the right of Venus on the 12th
--On Halloween, the Moon's in its spooky football-shape gibbous phase, floating above Jupiter.
--Corn planted under a waning Moon grows slower but yields larger ears.
--Babies born a day after the full Moon enjoy success and endurance.
--A new Moon in your dreams promises increased wealth or a happy marriage.
Best Days in October

For Harvesting: Above ground crops: 20, 21 , Below ground crops: 2, 3, 12
For Setting Eggs: 3-5, 23, 30, 31
For Fishing: 15-29
For Marin's Latest release 30th!
Beau: Cowboy Protector

4.5 Stars Top Pick 
October 30, 2012
Beau: Cowboy Protector is book # 5 in the six-book multi-author Harts of the Rodeo--Born to Rodeo series from American Romance.  You can check out the Harlequin trailer for the series on my goodreads page.  You'll find more information on each book in the series, along with author interviews and book giveaways at harlequinjunkie.  I hope you'll help me celebrate the release of Beau: Cowboy Protector during the month of November when I'll be blogging at harlequinjunkie and giving away an autographed copy of the book plus a small cowboy gift each week throughout the month! 
Back to October....
Having grown up in the Midwest, I've always thought of October as the month when world settles down and finally becomes quiet.  The temperatures at night in Wisconsin got darn chilly and the dew on the grass in the morning was cold and thick—some mornings it was white with frost.  The days grew shorter quickly and October was when we began turning on the kitchen light to eat supper at five-thirty. 
Traditionally the month of October has been my most productive writing month out of the year.  Even though I now live in Arizona and the weather where the weather is warm and sunny every day in October….I still feel that "settling down" inside me.  When I sit at the computer to write during the day I don’t feel as antsy as I used to during the summer months when I'd stare out the window and wish I was digging in my garden or off hunting for antiques with a friend. 
 How about you?  Which is your most productive month of the year and why? 
A Cowboy's Duty *Rodeo Rebels* 08/2012
Beau: Cowboy Protector Harts of the Rodeo--Born to Ride! 11/2012
No Ordinary Cowboy *Rodeo Rebels* 04/2013

Friday, October 19, 2012

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Today I am honored to be part of a 55-author blog blitz...Authors Against Bullying. I hope you'll join me on my blog, The Writer Side of Life, to read my post. From there you can link to the other authors' blogs.

Individually we struggle to make a difference, but we believe that together we can.

Until next time,
The Daddy Project (Dec. '12)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Jane Goodall & Brushing Teeth

That speck at center stage is Jane Goodall!
Had an interesting date night last Friday with Hubby and my Mom.  We'd heard primatologist and conservationist, Jane Goodall,would be speaking at Barnhill Arena at the University of Arkansas and couldn't resist.  My dad had heard her back in the sixties at Western Michigan University and thus chose to stay home.

I wasn't sure what to expect.  Ms. Goodall has fascinated me forever, but Barnhill's a mighty big place.  It was a rainy and cold night.  What if no one came?  I would be mortified on behalf of my alma mater.  Ha!  As is with most of my worries, this one was unneeded as the place was filled to the rafters with people who genuinely seem to "get it".  By that, I mean people who care about animals and our environment and the "golden rule".

I'm hardly the poster child for our planet.  I loathe washing all of our trash for recycling and am incapable of brushing my teeth without running water.  I don't use my own cloth bags for groceries, but Hubby did convince me to switch to those fancy new low energy light bulbs.  When I hear about what's happening in the rain forests, it's depressing.  And so I choose not to think about it.

Ms. Goodall made me rethink a lot of things.  Small in stature and extremely soft-spoken, she somehow managed to clobber me over the head with uncomfortable, not popular ideals that should've maybe even angered me, but instead called me to action.

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As I sat in the arena where I'd accepted my high school diploma nearly twenty years earlier, she unwittingly forced me to assess a lot in my life--not just where I truly stand on environmental issues, but other more personal areas, as well.  In the anonymity of that crowd, I was able to give myself a report card and came up with a solid C.  I do all right in most areas, but have the potential to do so much better.

Three-quarters of the way through the lecture, I received a highly upsetting call.  Hubby and I had made plans to be out of town for the rest of that weekend, but instead went home.  The call acted as an emotional bungee cord, snapping me back to what I know is the most important part of my life--family.

But back to the environment, whereas I have been cursing the City of Tulsa's exhausting new trash rules, I now see them a little differently.  Ms. Goodall made a simple request for all of our families--do better.  If not for ourselves, for our children and their children.  Our families.

And so lately, I've been faithfully washing jars and plastic take-out containers and tin cans.  It really doesn't take that long.  As for brushing without hearing running water?  I'm working on it . . .   :-)