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I know I haven’t written in a while. It isn’t that I haven’t wanted to. In fact, I have had multiple ideas and desires for blog posts, for multiple subjects. I wanted to write posts on friendship, the transgender movement, the presidential election, Trump, writing, growing up, fear, and who knows what else. However, my desire to write a blog post was overwhelmed by real life. Who would have guessed?

So, yeah. I was dreadfully sick  from May 11th through May 18th with influenza and pneumonia. And then I was in Vermont on a business trip from May 18th – May 22nd. And then I was in Minnesota from May  25th – May 28th, and then I was at dinner yesterday! I will note that  yesterday and today were my first chances to sleep well and sleep in since I was sick, and, not to disappoint, I slept until 11:00 both days.

So, this morning I woke up, finally feeling rested, and Daniel opened the window shades for me, and I looked out into a gorgeous, sunny day. One of the very few this month (I think my state broke their record for straight days of rain – or very close to). Not to sound too writer-ish, but my heart leapt with joy as I looked outside, and I suddenly felt a desperate need to write, which I decided to put into a long-overdue blog post as I sat on my porch and sipped coffee.

And after all my thoughts about long, deep-thinking posts, all I really want to say is:

Warm, summer days remind me of why I am a writer. They remind me of the sweetness of life. My heart feels overwhelmed with peace and joy as I look out over the gentle swaying leaves and the still clouds in a blue sky. And if you are having a warm beautiful day, then be sure to take some time this morning to look outside and revel in the simple joy of God’s creations.

P. S. I also wrote about writing inspiration in my Story Idyls blog! Aren’t you proud of me? http://storyidyls.blogspot.com/

 

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After worrying about it all week, I finally just went ahead and did my first post on my repurposed blog. For those of you interested, it essentially repeats what I said here previously, just without as many personal details:

http://storyidyls.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-required-introductory-post.html

My thought is, I will try to post at least twice a month, and after I have a few posts up, I will, one day when I have a ton of courage, post a link to it on my twitter feed.

I’m supposed to be working right now, by the way, but writing on here is more fun.

Okay, so, guess what I discovered (And now that I mention it, this might make a good second post topic on Once Upon a Story)?? I discovered the Library of Congress! I mean, obviously I knew it existed, and have had a library card there for like 4 years, have been in it twice, and done absolutely nothing else. UNTIL last Monday. Last Monday I went to a research orientation class, where they explained all of their resources for researchers and I am SO excited. One, they are open much later than I expected and two, they have so many unbelievable resources? I mean, I discovered that I could probably go look at actual newspapers from back during the gold rush! I am so excited to put this new resource to work as I begin major edits and accuracy research for my book Picture of the Past. And the best part is, I LIVE RIGHT HERE – only a few metro stops or a 10 minute taxi ride away – I have to take advantage of this awesome resource before we move!

And that is my exciting news for the week. Hope you all had an awesome weekend!

 

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