Saturday, February 28, 2009

winding down

Tomorrow my Kentucky momma leaves. So today we had brunch at our favorite breakfast place in Port Angeles - Cafe Garden. We always have the same thing- Angel's Eggs - which are just as divine as they sound. Lots of cream cheese, fresh mushrooms, green onion, and hollandaise sauce with a croissant or two thrown in. Nothing fattening about that! I've secretly been dreaming of Panera on Richmond Road in Lexington. There are no Paneras or Cracker Barrels this side of the Rockies to my knowledge:( Personally, I'm relieved that this eating thing is winding down. I need to get back to writing.

My mom keeps exclaiming about the birds we have out here. We have GIANT robins and woodpeckers - like something out of a Stephen King novel, truly! She keeps asking me to identify birds which I am dismal at doing. Need to get a bird book in my stack of stuff. All I know is that we have zero Kentucky cardinals here.

About those books... Soon I should receive The Frontiersman's Daughter in actual book format to review a final time. Only 153 more days till it's on bookshelves!!!! I am so excited and amazed still - maybe a little nervous. Still no wireless in the woods but maybe it doesn't really matter. I'm no Stephen King with reader mail stacking up!

I think I have this erroneous idea that once the book comes out my life will get a little more hectic. But I don't think this is true. I'm sure it depends on how the book does - whether it sinks or swims. Revell has an amazing marketing team. I'm so thankful for that. But really, it's all in His hands. I've done what I can. Going public with anything is a bit frightening. Writers usually are, by nature, a quiet lot and writing is a lonely profession. But like Stephen King said, it's all the playground personally and I think sales figures have little to do with that. I think King would enjoy writing just as much if Carrie had been backlist, though I'm sure his success has sweetened the whole writing experience overall.

I love this King quote: I have written because it fulfilled me... I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.

Amen, again!


  1. Hi, Laura! Your mom and I would have a grand ol' time bird watching together--I adore it and keep my Peterson Field Guide handy in the event something new sidles up to my backyard feeders. In fact, I'm sitting at my kitchen table right now watching six cardinals dance along the rails of my deck waiting their turn for a late-winter snack. It's snowing this morning, rare in these parts, and the gargantuan, soggy flakes have really stirred the birds into action. In my woodsy environment, I'm privileged to see amazing ornithological diversity--woodpeckers and flickers of all sizes and shapes, titmice galore, myriad finches, juncos, cardinals, robins, doves, hummingbirds, cedar waxwings, nuthatches, swallows, vireos, warblers, bluebirds, chickadees, wrens, mockingbirds, thrashers, blue jays, gray name it! A year or so ago, I counted 18 different species visiting my feeders at the very same moment. That just blew me away with excitement!

    I'm glad to hear how well your visits with Chris and your mom went. I'm looking forward to the time when we can all be together for the holidays in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge.

    Hope your weekend rounds out wonderfully...Talk with you later!

  2. Polly, You've left me wanting to be a bird watcher badly!! Amazing about all those birds at your feeders at once. I hope you had your camera handy! Any ideas why we have such BIG birds out here? Maybe all this rain grows big worms, thus big birds. I love all the bird species you listed here. You are a wonder!
    Your post cheered me up considerably - I just took Mom to the airport. Always a downer. I hope she reads this post and your comment. She will just love it. Bless you!