Don’t you just love this time of year? To see and smell the beauty around us. April is my favorite month. Well, of course—it’s my birthday month! Yes, the pollen seems never-ending especially down south where I live. However, somehow we southerners manage to survive because of the splendor in the trees and bushes around us.
To gaze upon this resurgence of nature every year represents the hope of our world. Powerful armies may invade weaker countries, politics may get predictably nasty, and violence continues to dictate the headlines. Even weirder, one cannot even watch an award show without witnessing the result of an actor’s anger thrust upon a comedian known for his satire and criticism. But, I digress….
Back to hope. I love Emily Dickinson. Her analogies are so pure as we see here.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
Although during these times, it may be difficult to find our own feathers of hope. Sometimes I read this poem to refocus my priorities, to reel myself in on what’s important. I, for one, believe in hope. In fact, I rely on it while looking to the ones I love to gather my own feathers.
Before I began my current work in progress (a new novel entitled so far, Kenzie’s River), I decided that hope would be the theme of this manuscript. The story revolves around the Campbell family who lives in the fictitious town of Sequoyah in make-believe Clover County in the North Georgia Mountains. As I work on my character profiles, I begin to create the arch of the storyline that takes place in the 1970s and 1980s. The protagonist, Cat Campbell, a thirty-year-old woman who is a newly appointed Special Agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is a born cynic; a quality, which I hope will make her an excellent detective. After a family crisis, Cat must find a way to give each one of her loved ones the hope they so desperately need.
In the upcoming year, I would like your assistance with the plot. I have way too many crazy ideas swirling around in my head, and your input could help me put the pieces together. In my May blog post, I will ask you questions in hopes that you will respond and become part of the journey into Kenzie’s River, which I HOPE (there’s that word again) to make a series.
I am introducing a quarterly newsletter entitled JODY’S JOURNAL. I plan to talk a little about the different types of writing processes and ask other authors to give their input about their own writing journeys. There will also be a few fun facts about authors you may know, and I will highlight authors who have pets in their lives. I’m a sucker for a cute face! Can’t wait to begin this new adventure.
All I need to begin is for you to sign up. You can do so by clicking on the following link (or on the button on my website) and supplying me with your email address. Jody’s Journal will begin as soon as I get twenty responses. https://bit.ly/3jRjDJQ
By the way, my first published novel, RELATIVE CONSEQUENCES, released on March 12, 2022, has received much-appreciated reviews. Check it out on Amazon and Goodreads.
Here is a small excerpt from “Chapter One – Lemons in My Wine.”
“Gently at first, I run a soapy loofah over the imprints left on my skin, miniature reminders of college days—a butterfly tattoo gracing a shoulder, a tiny peace symbol adorning the back of my hip. Scrubbing reddens the skin while I scour myself to erase the guilt. The angry words I said to Phillip the day he died fill my head. Regret takes over. If I scrub harder, everything might disappear, even the images invading my dreams. Nothing makes sense anymore. Nothing.
The sponge slips from my hand. The water cleanses me until the spray runs cold.”
Thank you to all who have purchased RELATIVE CONSEQUENCES. I’m very proud of this book and I hope you enjoy reading it.
See you soon and don’t forget to read!