The Latitude of Gratitude

Hi, y’all! Are you enjoying the colder weather where you are? Well, we’ve got it, like it or not, down here in Georgia.

This month’s theme is obvious. Just like everyone else, we go to gratitude this time of year. However, I thought I’d stretch it a bit.

Here is one definition of latitude: The scope of freedom of action or thought. Our scope of gratefulness is huge. We have so much for which to be thankful in our world—the basics–family, loved ones, pets, our health, and much more.

What about the little things? I thought of a few today. One is my ability to type this blog. Without that typing class at Decatur High School, there would be no blog (or maybe I’d be typing with two fingers?) Another one is the ability to organize my brain in such a manner as to create a story, and then type it out (with a million edits) into the form of a book.

How about you? Are you grateful for your gifts – creativity, organizational skills, leadership skills, salesmanship, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to speak in public or play a sport, groom a pet, cook, sew, drive, give someone a great haircut, dance, play the piano—just to name a view. Stop and think about it and you will come up with a million little things!

More Character Profiles

Another interesting character in Relative Consequences is Harrison Rhodes’ mother, Mary-Mary Anyika Rhodes, or Ani. Born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina, Ani Rhodes comes from Gullah descent. Although, a very modern woman, she still clings to some of the superstitions of her culture. Family is everything to her and she doesn’t miss a chance to brag about her son, the Annapolis graduate and U.S. Congressman. She is wise, and no one can outsmart her or pull the proverbial wool over her eyes—certainly not her new daughter-in-law, Rita McAfee Rhodes (whom we discussed last month).

In my new manuscript, (currently titled, Lies in the River) I’ve created a secondary character named Colin Campbell, the father of the protagonist, Piper Campbell. Colin, who came from Scottish ancestry, is sixty-six years old with dark brown eyes and graying hair. He’s six feet tall, wears glasses, and has a fabulous smile. He graduated from the University of Georgia and went on to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. An animal lover, he is an excellent veterinarian, humble to the praise he receives. One rarely experiences Colin’s emotional side, but he is a gentle, patient, and kind man, though a little superstitious. However, even Colin keeps secrets.

Jody’s Journal

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  • Lessons learned since publishing my first novel
  • Gift ideas
  • A simple holiday dessert recipe
  • A holiday crossword puzzle
  • And more.

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In my October blog, I mentioned the upcoming HOLIDAY PROMOTION in late November. Please forgive. I quoted the Print-On-Demand edition of RELATIVE CONSEQUENCES incorrectly. For reasons to do with publishing, the price will be $16.49 (discounted from $17.99). The EBook price will be $3.99 (discounted from $9.99).

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See you next time,


Published by jodywritessouthern

Jody Herpin writes with a southern accent. Re-discovering her love of writing in the last ten years, she has completed her second novel, "Relative Consequences," and is currently researching her third. In 2015, Jody received First Place for Novel Submission at the Southeastern Writers Association Workshop for "Weather Permitting." In 2014, she received Third Place for the Microcosm Award at the Southeastern Writers Association Workshop for her piece, "View of a Lifetime." She's constantly reading, researching and soaking up knowledge about her craft. Born in Savannah, Georgia, she has lived most of her life in the South, attending Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia and living in Alabama, Georgia and North and South Carolina, Florida and Virginia. If she's not writing, she is decorating her home, attempting to paint with watercolors, reading, rediscovering the guitar, walking her Mini-Australian Shepherd, Bella, or cheering for her beloved Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Jody married the love of her life in 2014, and she and her husband, Mike Boggioni, a professional musician, live north of Atlanta, Georgia. She has two grown children and six amazing grandchildren all of whom live close enough "to holler at."

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