You are such a part of me that even when we are not together, I can feel your presence. In the darkest hours of the night, I feel you in the moon glow. I see you in the calm peace of the deep nighttime forest. I can touch you through the joy of my mind. I smell you through the lingering fragrance of the blooming four o'clocks. I know your spirit is always close to me as we walk together in the manner approved by mother nature and I even look forward to the day when we will stroll together through heaven. Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife and my best friend!!
The other day we had our first big frost of the fall. Man, did it feel good outside early that morning!! The crunch beneath my boots as I went down to the barn to check on the bull, the crisp morning air, the vapor that hung in the air with every breath were just reminders of how great it is to be alive! It brought back memories of when I was a kid and we would have to get up early to take care of all the chores before breakfast and school and how, once it turned chilly, I REALLY didn't want to get out of bed back then. Nowadays, it's a different story. The older I get, the earlier I wake up and start my day. I guess that's just life.
I was just recently told by S Cormier that she stayed up late one night finishing book one to see if Ring made it back home and to say how much she enjoyed the book! It sure does this old heart good to know that people enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Thanks to SC and to anyone who has read and enjoys the books.
After Margaret snuck that photo of me while in Raton, I just had to take one of her playing, excuse me, WORKING, on her new Ipad. She knows more (at age 78)about technology than I will ever know. She truly amazes me.
Margaret snuck a photo of me while on a recent trip out West to research our next book. We were in Raton, New Mexico and the weather and scenery were beautiful! And, yes, I do sometimes still write on legal pads.
I've had the privilege of shooting the Class 5 rapids of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Little did I know that this exhilarating ride was actually prep for one of my Wolf books (actually the next in the series). Wish you had been with me,,,
In our book-research travels, our vehicle sometimes give us lemons by breaking down. Some of those lemons have been turned into lemonade by the wonderful people who have come to our aid. No pun intended. Lynn A in Woodville, TX and Cliff H in Clayton, NM are two such people. Sweeten the lemonade even more with the many new Facebook friends along the way. We are truly blessed.
Margaret finally got the fifth book in the Wolf series sent off to the publisher. That's a big load off of both of our minds since we've been working on that one for a while now. I do enjoy writing about Dub's adventures with his Wolf-dog, but it's also fun to finish one and get it to the publisher for printing. For all my readers, thank you for reading the books and I hope you will enjoy this next one as well.
Tomorrow I will be 84 years old. Seems like just yesterday I was the cotton-topped little boy whose memories I share in my books. Barefooted (like we all were back then), usually shirtless in the milder months, and always outside. We didn't spend our time indoors like my grandkids do. We didn't grow up with a television, much less have one in every room of the house. We had one radio that we listened to for about a 1/2 hour a day and that was to get the "war news". We got DIRTY, and I mean DIRTY. And we enjoyed it. At least us boys did. I can't speak for my sisters. My, how times have changed during my 84 years!
As I work on the next book, Margaret and I are contemplating taking a little trip to some of the areas that we cover in the books just to refresh my memory and also just to get away for a while. There's nothing quite like getting away from the everyday hustle and bustle to get those creative juices flowing. Also, I truly enjoy revisiting the parts of Louisiana and Texas that I haven't seen in a while and touching base with old friends. Seems like nowadays more and more of them are gone. So if I'm going to see them I feel like I ought to go sooner rather than later. Maybe I'll bring them a copy of the books if they don't already have them. HAHA
Dr A W Sibley's book reviews and the random thoughts of a well trained mind.