It’s been a long time coming, but the website is ready to be seen after a tumultuous redesign & production!
It is hoped you will take the time to visit all pages, click on links, and have a wonderful time visiting in my virtual home. I’m so glad you are reading my blog again too!
Julie did a fabulous job with the website redesign!
Please join me in giving Julie many thanks for her wonderful design work in helping my website become what I dreamed. She worked hard on incorporating many things that are dear to me. I especially love the feather! It’s a sweet touch!
~~ Status of Book 2 – DarkShadow ~~
I’ll be spending the rest of May and the month of June finalizing Book 2. I’m about 50,000 words into the book, which is part of The Chronicles of Eldershire series. Plans are to knuckle down and get the last half of Act 2 and all of Act 3 written. Second step, a series of editors and VIP SQUAD readers will receive the book to help me clean it up and make sure the story flows as intended.
Today, January 3, is an important day. It is the day of the birth of two men that have made a profound impact on my life. One, my dad. The other, an author.
My dad, James Conley Brooks, would have celebrated his 99th birthday.
In August of 2002, my dad passed away. He had been under hospice care for about six or so months. The week before he passed, we had traveled to the grocery store. He loved going to Kroger’s, riding in the assisted motorized buggies. He dressed as like a dapper man with his Stetson flat cap in grey herringbone tweed.
I asked while helping him into the buggy, “Dad, would you like for me to walk with you?”
Dad said, “No. You need to go on and gather the groceries. I’m going to see if I can pick me up a fine-looking woman and see if we can go out dancing.”
“You can’t be serious?” I smiled at him. He was fighting Parkinson’s and he had COPD, so he carried oxygen with him every where.
“Well, of course I am, daughter!”
He loved teasing me, pushing a button when I was in a hurry, and he would wink at my husband to let him know he was just “fooling,” as he would say.
I miss him. He could make me laugh.
If you have a story to share about your dad, feel free to post in the comments section.
The author, known to many as “The Professor” is J. R. R. Tolkien. On this day, he would have been 127 years old.
Though I wish it were possible, I never met The Professor in person. I met him through his writing. The first book of his that I read, The Hobbit, made a profound mark on my reading life. The second, The Lord of the Rings (all three books) finished off what The Hobbit started.
I was hooked. Big time. After that first encounter, I searched for other authors that would do for me what The Professor did to me. It didn’t take long and I fell in love with C. S. Lewis, The Professor’s good friend and fellow writing friend.
Between those two, I learned that I wanted to do to words what they did. I am still wanting to work their kind of magic. I struggle, but I keep thinking about what they did to help the world of writing become what it is. I marvel at the well placed word or thought. I search for ways to write a common idea in a new way, much as they did. The difference? They learned how to make it read and sound and seem normal.
Who is your favorite author? Leave a thought about who has touched your life in a profound way.
Until next time…
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This holiday season I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how lucky I am, how many blessings I’ve received, and how I am able to live my life long dream of writing stories that touch others.
In doing this deep thinking, I decided that sharing my five reasons I love this season, I’d share a little of myself with you, my readers. You make it possible for me to live my dream. For that, I start in counting my many blessings!
Thank you for supporting me and in helping me live my dream!
2. Family & Friends…
If you flip through the archives of this website, you’ll find several pictures of friends. This picture meant a lot to me when I was doing a book signing at Farmer’s Daughter in Wytheville (apologizes for the fuzzy image).
The pic below is of a Reading Fan, Glo, who has since become a very dear friend and she enjoys helping me by being a member of my VIP SQUAD too! A Win-Win for us BOTH!
3. Good Food & Great Times…
If you enjoy food, then you might also like what I do — browsing magazines and cookbooks and looking at pictures of good food! It is great fun to make plans and to get ideas to fix good food for great times of fellowship. I must admit, I love food. Always have. “Comfort food” is important in my life.
As for Great Times, all you have to do is connect with me. I enjoy reaching out to my family, friends, and my reading fans through notes, letters, and at this time of the year, holiday cards. I’ve spent the last three weeks working on mailing Christmas Cards to those whose addresses I’ve collected over the years. I’m proud to say I’m getting ready to complete those and get the last of them in the mail on Friday (December 21). Yay! I’m so happy I managed to get them done before Christmas! That does not always happen (Giggle, Snicker).
4. The Love of listening to Music & Old Time Radio Classics, Reading, & watching TV Series I’ve missed…
This reason for the season is a little long, but I do love all those things and more. You that follow me know I am eclectic with my hobbies — I love working on so many things, so much so that Albert finds himself wondering what I’ll do next (large laugh). I’ll let you in on a secret. Now that he has retired, he never seems to know what I’m doing (belly laugh).
I’ve shared in the past the music I love to listen to while writing, cooking, or just working around Hobbit’s Bend. On my welcome page (about midway down) is a link to the songs I listened to while I wrote The Marine Letsco Trilogy. If you haven’t check the songs out, please do. And let me know what you like to listen to!
I’m working on Book 2 – DarkShadow of the The Chronicles of Eldershire, and I’m collecting songs that I enjoy hearing while I’m in my writing zone.
5. The Chance to SHARE my JOY with YOU!
For three days, J. K. Brooks Publishing and Pam are excited to offer a FREE eBook download of The Fire Within from Amazon between Sunday, December 23, 2018 through Tuesday, December 25, 2018.
NOTE:The eBook is ALWAYS free when you use Kindle Unlimited. BUT, for three days, you can download the eBook version without cost. When you click on the download on Sunday through Tuesday, you will go to an order form, but the price will be $0.00 and no deliver charge!
This is a great GIFT to give to a family member, friend, or other reading pal that may not have heard of my writing. Feel free to share with your family and friends!
Well, that’s it! My five reasons (oh, you do know I have more) for the season. It is hoped you enjoyed reading. Thanks for reading! If you like this blog post and want to support it, forward it to a friend, join Pam’s Newsletter, or become a VIP SQUADmember, or best of all, buy a book!
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
See you in 2019!
Pam and Mr Scruffy