Buckle Up!

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Stuff is happening fast here in the Realm!  It’s time to update the adventure path.  I’m setting up a plan of action right here, right now.  I tell myself, “Buckle up Milly we are talking the fast lane.”

The castle is disheveled.  My knight is back from the mountains with his trusty steed.  Just finding the words to write is hard with the distractions, tasks, and emergencies.  Dark arts lurk in the woods.  We hurry past the dark woods as His Light leads the way to a mountain home.

We make plans, dispatch messengers, and take the steps needed for a successful transition.  We have eighteen months to get the job done, or at the very least… substantially done.

The calendar declares autumn has begun.  You can’t tell it here.  We are still hot, steamy, and green.  Fall 2019 has a promise for us.  Here are my goals for the cool and colorful season:

  • We’ve started the infrastructure for the cabin. Now the job is to stay diligent working with contractors and permits to get the power, fiber optics, well and septic installed.  The knight may have to take a swift stallion back to the mountains! Maybe next week.
  • I am continuing to learn the twelve steps for living with my family.  Last week I got to step two!  “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”  Well if you read this blog, you know who my Higher Power is.  You think I could whiz right through this one.  We’ll see, I just started the step and ugly little doubts are creeping in under the door.
  • After prayer and discussion, we decided I will compete in the November writing festival known as NaNoWriMo!  The actual name is National Novel Writing Month.  In 2017, I started a novel based on a vivid nightmare.  I wrote about 19,000 words of the story.  This is a stand-alone novel starting with a military-style attack on an American company on American soil.  The goal is to write at least 50,000 words and complete a rough draft of an approximately 70,000-word Christian suspense novel.
  • The NaNoWriMo festival will interrupt my current work on rewriting Buried Secrets.  I’m also working with my Beta-readers on this novel.  So what is my solution?  Dive deep and get the re-write done through Chapter 17 before November 1!  Yes, that is the halfway point in the book.
  • We have vacation plans for the Log & Timber Home Show in Asheville, North Carolina on the first weekend of November.  We are taking the University course too!  If you are also going, look for the mid-aged woman frantically trying to figure out what she wants and asking a zillion questions!  Lord, grant the vendors and teachers patience!  They will need it this year! {wink}
  • Last but not least, we need to make big decisions on what to build, find a floor plan and when we start building.  Maybe we can even find a builder…

We will be making lots of decisions right quick!  How do I face this daunting list along with working and all the other responsibilities?  This scripture came to mind:

 3 And not only that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” [Romans 5:3-5*]

Everything we go through on the journey produces the perseverance to keep trying.  The perseverance builds our character then hope blooms.  It reminds me of God’s promise to me, Jeremiah 29:11* “to give you a future and a hope.”  Buckle up guys we are in for a rough, fast and fun ride!  Kind of like… a roller coaster!

I will keep writing about the foibles and fun this season brings.  Let’s put the pedal to metal peeps and see what God has in store for us!  What is God’s promise for you? Let me know.

Peace my friends,

Milly

*Scripture is from the New King James Version.

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