What happened to my shiny new penny? Friday, Oct 30 2015 

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It was just a few short months ago that I this really cool shiny penny dropped into my life.  I was so excited that I cherished not only this new penny but all the others that came before it. Cooper is supposed to take quite a bit of time to tarnish, however, my shiny new penny seemed to lose its luster unusually fast. My precious shiny penny has rusted to the point of near non-recognition. How can that be? I was planning on fully enjoying it for years to come. When did it become a bad penny? So how do I get my penny back to its original or near original luster?  Can I clean up this penny? The opportunity is there, I just have to decide which tools to use and make my penny shine again. It will take some finessing but a little elbow grease and time but I will spit shine it until I see the light beaming off of it again.

So the journey begins, do I try to save it or find a new one because the tarnish refuses to go away?  We will soon find out.

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30 Days, 50,000 Words….. Reaching for the Stars Saturday, Oct 24 2015 

Last year I discovered a website where once a year during the month of November writers are challenged to create a 50,000+ word novel in 30 days.  Unfortunately, it was mid November, too late for me to truly participate while working a 9-5 and raising a high schooler so I wait and before I know it, November is here. During the past 11 months I completed my first book and self published it, started two other writing projects that have stalled and changed jobs. The high schooler is now a senior and I see our lives already changing.

The good news is I have a story that I have been toying with since completing my last one.  The goal is not only to complete the story in 30 days, but to complete my other projects that have stalled.  I plan to go into 2016 with at least two completed projects an at least two others started.  It will take some discipline and with the encouragement from friends and family, I am confident I will succeed.

Kayla’s Star is the story of a young widower who throws herself into her children, work and volunteer efforts.   Dating is a concept she does not see in her future. She never saw it coming when the new volunteer turned up as her new trainee at the nonprofit she gives her time to.  Her rival volunteer immediately latches onto the new guy but he only has eyes for Kayla. As her resolve weakens, his true identity threatens their future.

I look forward to sharing this story as I develop the characters and story.