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Hot SEAL, In His Memory — Coming April 27th! And a Ramble. (Contest)
Sunday, April 11th, 2021

UPDATE: The winner is…Kandi Kandelas!

I hope. I’m still writing it! I’ve been making progress, but I know I’m cutting it close. Have you already pre-ordered the next Hot SEAL, Holiday Edition story? It’s filled with tears and laughter. It’s possible to have both, I promise.

Hot SEAL, In His Memory

You can read a short snippet from the story and find all the buy links here!

It’s Sunday, and as happens all too often for me, it’s another workday. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the fact that I’m constantly chasing my tail with writing and editing. I’m of a “certain age” now and think more about what I might be missing out on with my family. Does that mean I plan to quit doing either? No, but I’m lucky that I have options. I already have two retirement incomes (one is very small—but every little bit helps!), and I’m eligible for Social Security. I can afford to take it a little easier, but I still have all these stories I want to write. I don’t need to earn so much money now. My priorities are shifting.

I plan to enjoy the summer with the kids. The pool will be my daily highlight. We plan for early morning walks along park trails. There will be flea market hunting—although our dear governor has removed the mask mandate, so those excursions will require extra planning, like trying to arrive before the unmasked hoards are out and about. I’ve had both injections, but we have little ones, including one who’s a two-time cancer patient who has another tumor we’re worried about. I wish people would be more considerate of others. Wearing a mask isn’t a big-ass deal when you consider the risks to the vulnerable. *sigh*

I want more time to play with my paint and beads and yarn. I want to create things for my family and friends. I am more than just a writer. I want the kids to remember me for being more than the weird relative who writes all day in her office. They’re such a joy. Did I ever mention that they give me toys to display in my office? They love to collect things for me. Once, they talked their mom into weekly runs to McDonald’s to collect all the How to Train your Dragon dragons that came in the kid’s meals. Yeah, I have every one of them. They didn’t care about keeping them for themselves because they knew I’d love them.

Okay, I’m rambling. These are the things I’ve been thinking about though. Maybe I’m just a bit aggravated with myself because of the self-inflicted time crunch I’m under.

Anyway, for a chance to win a FREE book from my backlist of books, let me know whether you’ve given much thought to your golden years and what you’d like to do!

7 comments to “Hot SEAL, In His Memory — Coming April 27th! And a Ramble. (Contest)”

  1. Colleen C.
    · April 11th, 2021 at 11:54 am · Link

    Have not thought that far ahead…

  2. bn100
    · April 11th, 2021 at 1:09 pm · Link

    haven’t thought about it

  3. Kandi Candelas
    · April 11th, 2021 at 9:22 pm · Link

    Travel and more travel!❤️

  4. Debra Guyette
    · April 12th, 2021 at 6:09 am · Link

    I am there and had been doing some traveling. Now I want to stay healthy to resume traveling.

  5. Cheryl
    · April 12th, 2021 at 6:48 pm · Link

    Haven’t really thought about it. I enjoy working, and don’t have any real plans to stop. I don’t sit still well, unless I have a book in hand!

  6. Jennifer Beyer
    · April 15th, 2021 at 7:07 pm · Link

    I have decided I’m going to be a total pain in the ass when I’m retired and living my best life. I plan to dance and sing at inappropriate times. I plan to embarrass my friends and family. I am totally going to wear whatever I want to wear. In short, I’m going to live my best life!

  7. Damaris Schuler
    · April 19th, 2021 at 8:26 pm · Link

    Hubby and I have talked about it off and on. He’s at 19.5 with military so could retire, but we plan on sticking it out around 8 more if we can. Once kids are old enough to be out and about on their own, we want to find a job together traveling (maybe selling stuff at hunting/fun exhibits/shows) and volunteering on equine search and rescue teams.

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