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A long day!

I’ve been in the hospital most of the day, sitting with my mother-in-law. All three of us got sick this week with what turned out to be something other than flu. Rotavirus! Different beast altogether! Alene is 97, and got dehydrated, so she was admitted last night. She’s doing well, but our doctor wants to keep her one more night, just to make sure she’s safe to come home, and well enough for us to care for her! She’s determined to get well as quickly as possible and has become her nurse’s favorite patient today.

I ran into a friend at the hospital. Her mother is in for the same thing! She told me she’s read my blog and posted a comment. It’ll be appearing soon, I’m sure. Good to see you today, Belinda! I hope your mother gets well soon. So many residents of the nursing home have been sick with all sorts of viruses, it’s a wonder there aren’t more of them hospitalized.

I also had the chance to visit with a friend we went to High School with. Great to see you today, Jackie! I wasn’t surprised to hear that she has many more cats than the last time I talked to her. Jackie is the cat lover of all time! A year or two ago, when a stray calico showed up at our door, nosing with our dogs through the glass, I knew who to call to find that little sweetheart a home. Jackie named her Abigail and said she was one of the sweetest cats they’d ever had. Good to catch up with Jackie today!

Chuck’s sister and her husband will be here tomorrow to stay while we spend a week resting among tall pines in the mountains. We won’t leave until they arrive late tomorrow afternoon. Tag! They don’t get to come nearly as often as they’d like to visit Alene. Charlotte loves taking care of her mother while we’re gone. This is a perfect opportunity for her to put her Mother Hen talents to work!

I got another surprise today! I heard from my publisher for my book on plotting fiction, FILL-IN-THE-BLANK PLOTTING. He’s offering to build and host websites for his authors now! Sign me up!!!! He promises the site will be up and running by next week. I can’t wait to spotlight KISS ME, CHLOE and the other books in the Kiss Me series, along with my other novels and some of our nonfiction books that have come out in recent years. Also, I’ll be able to focus attention on PLOTTING, which could be updated soon and re-released in a revised and improved format! I’ll let you know when this blog will be included in my new website. Exciting!

This has to be quick because I’m quickly running out of steam. But I wanted to let you know how happy I am to have you reading my blog! If there are topics you’d like me to talk about, let me know! I’ll also be happy to answer questions about writing and reading. And I’ll be sharing with you the novels I read. Stephen King said, “If you don’t have time to read, then you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. It’s as simple as that.” I agree! Writers are always voracious readers. I often have several books going at the same time. I promise I’ll make recommendations for all types of books–fiction and nonfiction. Have a wonderful weekend! The next time you hear from me, I’ll be in the mountains! I promise to post some photos!

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