Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Randomness of Life and eBook Giveaway

The sun is teasing me, coming and going until I don't know if I should bundle up in a coat and scarf or toss out the layers and pull out my sandals. Actually, I have the sandals ready and waiting. According to the weather (can't trust it up here 95% of the time) it's supposed to reach a beautiful 53 degrees today. I went walking with the pups this morning and it was 19 degrees. Rather nice considering the long winter we've had. My brother lives out in Vermont and is more ready for spring than I am. Their winter has made ours seem like a few snow flurries. 

It seems to be a year for catastrophe, and it saddens me every time I heart about something horrible that happened here, there, close by, or far away. I actually stopped watching and reading the news years ago. Once in a while I'll glance at snippets online, but I usually get the news second-hand, which in some instances leads me to look up the story. I'm not an overly emotional person - some might even call me too tough and cold - but I'll admit that so much of what happens in the world makes me cry. This is one of the reasons I like my characters to have happy endings, even if they have a bumpy road to travel.

A few geese have taken up residence on my neighbor's boat dock house. This morning a few adult geese sat on the rocky shore watching their goslings swim nearby. It was so dang cute! They come in the morning, spend a couple of hours, and then fly away only to return the next day. Of course I didn't have my camera handy, but sometimes I just enjoy watching. Nara likes to lay out on the deck and watch the happenings on the lake. Not much to see until the weather (and water) warms, but I've seen a few brave souls out paddleboarding in recent weeks, and the usual fishing boats are already out on the  glacier water. 

I appreciate the randomness of life. I like having my schedules and plans in place, but I love knowing that something or someone can come along and change the course of life. I like to wake up and be surprised to find an eagle on the wildlife tree, or a fox teasing the dogs from the hill. The small herd of elk I saw in the dark on my way to the Missoula Women's Fair was a first for me. Living up here one would think I'd see these things all of the time, but I don't. I saw the big beauty on the side of the road, did a u-turn, but couldn't get the photo. Turned around again (good thing the road was empty in both directions), but the elk was too quick for me. It joined it's friends on the other side of the road. I put the camera away and just watched. They watched me too. I had to make up for lost time, but it was worth it.

These random little events, no matter how minor, keep daily life exciting (not that a writer's life isn't exciting enough). You never know what's over the next hill, around the next bend, or on the pages of the next book. 

Do you enjoy a random life, or do you need/like everything planned out?  

I feel the need to give away a book! Comment to be entered into a drawing for a digital copy of the Montana Gallagher Collection. Ends Sunday. 

Update! Congrats to Barbara S.! If you'd like to contact me, then I can get your book delivered. 


  1. I am more a random life person. I kind of take one day at a time and see what happens. If I plan anything the plans never work out.

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    1. You're right, a lot of plans do change day to day. I like checklists, and I got to the point where I make a list for each week rather than each day. That way if I get something done, it doesn't matter if I'm a few days late because my list says I'm on time! :)

  2. I plan out as much as I can but don't always do the plans....to much of a procrastinator!!!

    1. I am a master procrastinator, which is why I need plans sometimes. They let me know how much time I have to procrastinate. :)

  3. I like everything planned out, but most times it is more random than planned.