I think I have found the secret to getting some serious writing done while I'm down here at the ranch!
This is what I posted on Facebook this morning:
I'm making some good progress on my book! I'm well into the first chapter and hope to complete it before leaving the ranch. I discovered it's best to get up, have coffee, read the Bible, and then start writing! I'm still in my flannel gown with messy hair and no make up - but I AM writing! I'm glad I don't have a time limit on when I must have this book finished! Right now I'm back in the summer of 1952 eating a piece of Brachs Jelly Nougats with my sister. Daddy had just got paid and stopped at the little store on the corner to buy a small - very small - bag of candy before handing over the rest of his paycheck to Mother. We were living with our Granny and Granddad at the time and Daddy came out in the back yard to find us. We knew what he had with him when we saw that little white sack. Deanie and I still love this candy and treasure this good memory!
So far, by the end of this day, I have written 4,476 words! I am all the way to Christmas 1955.
The book is about our childhood, Deanie, Nita, Lonnie and mine. We four, out of six children, grew up together. The working title is 'Children in the Closet' and tells how God protected us through some terrifying situations and delivered us from harm. Even before the book has been written, we are finding closure to many painful experiences. I could never write this without my siblings help as we pool our memories and do our research. In essence, it is OUR book, one we are doing together. Pouring light on a dark past we are only now beginning to understand.
Louis Dean went back to bed and took a good long nap while I was writing this morning!
It was around noon when I opened up the camper door and saw the goats out there eating along the fence line.
I do love this country life!!
LD was out and about working on the light in the back of his truck this afternoon.
I sat in the sunshine tracing squares on the denim I whacked up yesterday!
By the time the sun was setting, I was cutting the squares out wearing a coat and sitting in front of the camp fire. I kept feeding it the scraps from the jeans I was working on.
We stayed out long enough to drink a glass of wine and see a few stars.
They are shining bright tonight but as much as Louis Dean loves them, he said they would have to shine without him! He does not like to be cold.
Tonight is Tuesday so we have been here a week.
I'm still not ready to go home.
I think I'm going to do just that!!!