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fictionHave you ever wondered why an idea took so long for you to act on? Me too. In fact, I finally set up a Facebook author page. I realized with 5 short stories published it was time. And, I’m halfway through my novel based on the short story “Tears in the Sun”.

I’d love the support if you’re interested in hopping over and liking my page. It’s located at https://www.facebook.com/JAOwenby . I will have updates on the upcoming novel, characters, reviews, and more.

The crazy thing is that I wrote the last 45 pages while selling our current home and purchasing another, working part-time, and writing resumes! When the story flows, it gushes. I will say that having an outline and scenes has made it easier. I’ve thought about this story for years, but in the last one it all began to click.

I look forward to sharing more as I continue to write and move into the edits with my editor.

Until Next Time…


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Here are a few bits of wisdom and inspiration to power you through your Tuesday.


Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.
Kenneth Hildebrand

If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.
St. Clement of Alexandra

Dream big and dare to fail.
Norman Vaughan

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.
Thornton Wilder

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke

Well begun is half done.
Greek Proverb

The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.

Johann Gottfried Von Herder

And all may do what has by man been done.
Edward Young

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
Samuel Smiles

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.

If the wind will not serve,
take to the oars.
Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe
Latin Proverb

Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.
Henry Ward Beecher

No star is lost once we have seen,
We always may be what we might have been.
Adelaide Proctor

You cannot plough a field by
turning it over in your mind.
Author Unknown

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William B. Sprague

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Samuel Johnson

 Keep writing and until next time…

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sunset-2I have two kids, well they aren’t kids any more. My son just turned 22 and my daughter 18.

I was talking with my son the other day and the conversation went like this:

Son: “Mom, you lost your mom and daughter in the same year and have continued to move forward. That takes a lot of strength, you’re my hero.”

Me: “Thank you honey, that means a lot to me. I don’t feel like a hero I just keep trying to move past my broken heart.”

Son: “I know and I love you.”

Me: “I love you too.”

Tears ran down my face.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would have a conversation  like that. It gives me hope for my daughter. We didn’t lose her to death, but in other ways, to other things.

So, this is a salute to all the single parents who have given every ounce of their being trying to be both parents, and this is to every parent who has dealt with their child and drug addiction, mental illness or just being hard-headed. Parenting brings you the deepest love and deepest pain, but I’d do it again.

Don’t forget “Tears In the Sun” is free on Smashwords, but only for a few days. So hop on over and download it, and if you like it feel free to leave a review! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/389965

Until Next Time…

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tears in the sun cvr 32As you know I’ve listed my latest short story “Tears in the Sun” on Amazon. The reviews have uplifted and encouraged me. Thank you  everyone who has purchased and left a great review.

I had a private message from a friend of mine and I wanted to share it. She writes:

“messaging privately so if you don’t want it to go world-wide, it won’t. Your book wasn’t necessarily my personal cup of tea….but the line about scrubbing out a stain because her family already had enough stains made me cry. That line alone was worth the 99 cents I spent for the book.”

I sat there with my mouth open. My first reaction was feeling bad that I made her cry and then I stopped…what? That one line struck her so deeply she cried!

I wrote her back and apologized for making her cry, sent her a bit hug and then said, “Stirring someone’s emotions that deeply, that’s why I write.”

There are so so so many factors and contributors to writing, but when you know you have conveyed emotions to your reader…that’s huge.

Until Next Time…

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