The Satellite Arts and Crafts Show in Perryton, Texas has been a big event in our town since 1970. I have been a crafter/vendor to an author/vendor. It is always a good place to sell books and crafts.
I don't know what's up. The last half of the post wasn't added. Here goes:
I've been working on catching up on the word count, but I'm not stressed about it. In researching "Oklahoma Land Run", I discovered there were five or so "land runs" in Oklahoma. This opened up a lot of possibilities for the story. At this time, I'm focusing on the Land Run of 1893 and the Woodward, OK area in particular. In studying the Beaver County History book, I think the family will find their final home in the Clearlake area where Terry grew up. (not sure)
I was also reminded of a tragic story from my family history that took place on the Colorado line. Of course it will be changed up because all I actually know about that is the outcome and not the before and after. I put in a lot of imagination and don't try to guess what my ancestors said at these events. Some wonder if my characters are actual people...yes and no...In some cases, they look like people I know, yet act nothing like them. I combine a lot of personality traits to make one character so that they don't tend to be very ordinary. Although, in my mind, the people of that era did have outstanding courage and grit.
I was watching a new show about families who left everything to live 'off the grid'. They may have the gumption of ancestors past. I know I don't really want to 'rough it' longer than one or two weeks at a time...an then...with good camping gear.
I'll keep you posted. God be with you.
Because of the historical things happening in our family, writing has been on hold. I needed time for reflection. The focus needed to be on Terry and family. I am able to put the 'writer' hat on now, so it is time to face the facts. I'm 15,000+ words behind. That's okay because even if I don't meet the deadline, a bulk of the rough draft of Running to Her Future
A woman who influenced my life greatly was put to rest yesterday in a cemetery a mile away from our home. I am one of five women who had the opportunity to be Viola Littau's daughter-in-law. I believe that the Lord knew the kind of woman I needed for this position in my life and placed her there for me as much as He constructed my man just for me. I used to think Terry was a lot like his dad, and he is, but he is much more like his mother. (That's a very good thing. The qualities he shares with Henry are endearing as well.)
In explanation of this statement for those of you who don't know my beloved and his mother these are some of their similarities:
They both are very positive people. They look for the good in people long before they see anything bad in them.
They are strong. (Forgive me for the present tense on Viola, it is hard to realize that she has passed from this life to the next.)
You never have met people as healthy as these two. She lived 98 years and 3 months. She was not riddled with sickness. She developed fast moving pneumonia and was gone very quickly. Basically, her body wore out.
They are likeable and have a ready smile.
They love with no strings.
and much more...
The things people said about her made me want to be a better person. It made me reflect on who I am and what would be said of me. I want to be more positive, loving, and strong...I START TODAY!
Elaine & her Husband, Terry, raised their three sons in "Almostaranch" Texas where they now enjoy spoiling their grandchildren. Many enjoy listening to her humorous take on life. Even the simplest activity takes on a life of its own when Elaine is involved in the telling of it.