Saturday, February 16, 2013

News about the Sequel to The Christmas Village

Thank you to everyone who came by this week and commented on the post about M.K. Christiansen's book, Three Against the Dark, and the worthy cause that her book sales will support. If you didn't see it, please read the previous post. Her book is only $2.99 for Kindle - I bought it and hope you will too, to help these abused orphans find good homes.

RVPainter and I have been in our new home for a month and half now. I'm amazed at how easily and well we've transitioned - it's been almost miraculous. I'm teaching yoga at a beautiful yoga studio here - 3 classes a week to start, with plans to add two more in summer. It feels great to be back in the yoga classroom again, as both student and teacher.

My creative juices, which seemed to freeze up while we traveled in the motor home last year, are flowing like crazy again. I've been writing poetry and hope to put together a collection to be published. Most importantly, I'm working on the sequel to The Christmas Village, and I am delighted to reveal its title to you now. Are you ready??? It's ...

RETURN TO CANTERBURY

Those of you who have read The Christmas Village will be able to read a lot into what that title implies - go ahead and let your imaginations run wild!! If you haven't read The Christmas Village yet, better get to it, as you'll want to be up to date when the sequel comes out!

I'm working toward having the book finished by July and getting it published this fall - funds permitting. I'm working on chapter 12 now, cooking with gas, as they say! 

RVPainter's stored up creative energy is soaring too. He's been painting like crazy, inspired by the sunrises, sunsets, palm trees and beaches here. Here he is with a painting he worked on yesterday:
He looks pretty pleased, doesn't he?


You can see more of what RVPainter is up to - painting and otherwise at his blog: RVPAINTER. He'll be opening an Etsy shop soon, and his pieces will be very reasonably priced. His blogs are informative, and also pretty funny - he keeps me laughing.

We couldn't have landed in a lovelier place. We have palm trees outside our lanai, we can see boats in the canal , and we are less than 1/4 mile from a sweet little beach. There is a man-made lake outside, where a variety of ducks are spending their winter vacation. They bring us much entertainment.

An interesting species of duck that I'd never seen before

Ducks gathering for morning assembly

We have lift off!

Our Dreamcatcher RV has been sold and is off to new adventures with its new owner. It seems like just yesterday that we went to pick her up, and yet it also seems like forever ago. We had such wonderful adventures, and though there were challenges too, I only remember all the beautiful places we went and the people we saw along the way.
We miss her, but wish her many happy adventures.

Dreamcather - our home for most of last year

12 comments:

  1. I bought The Christmas Village, but didn't have time to share it with my son this year, so I'm waiting for December. Glad your inspiration is rolling. And I love RVPainter's painting!

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    1. You'll be able to read them one after the other then, and you'll know everything that happened! :) Looking forward to your collection of stories!

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  2. Hi Melissa .. so pleased all is working out - seems like the best option for you both. Good luck with all the projects - I'm just having a break for a month .. but I'll be back mid March ... and so pleased an Etsy shop will be open, and I still have to get Christmas Village ... all on the cards ... happy times ahead - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary! Yes, it's working out well for us both. Hope you enjoy your break and we look forward to seeing you in March!

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  3. Glad to know you two landed somewhere you like. All the best with your creative endeavors!

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    1. Thanks Misha, it feels good to be grounded again.

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  4. As you already probably know, I really like the duck "taking off" on its flight. Dick suggested that I check it out. I was just on your blog a day or so ago and am glad to see more photos. I take photos of birds all the time and my www.puppypaths.blogspot.com posts, "Pelicans As Art?" and "Pelicans In Flight!!", have some shots that I wish RV PAINTER would use for a painting or two. He gets on me when I "paint" one of the photos and says, "Leave the painting to me!! Stick to just photos!!"

    Evin and I are happy that Dick's and your creative flow is once again engaged. Our new RV-home is starting to be a place that I can be creative. I had trouble finding creative flow in the DRV Elite Suite because of all the problems it gave us and understand what being "frozen" is all about. Evin is now able to do a lot of reading and enjoy all the new friends we are making. Wish she could take some of your yoga classes. She took some photos of coconuts and palm trees and wishes that Dick would do a painting. I will send some to him or put them on the blog.

    Again, glad you are back writing and Dick is painting!!

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    1. We are both glad that you guys are having a better time too. Looks like we all came through the other side of things around the same time. It feels great to be writing again. I'll take a look at your photos - one of the great things on the road was that I got back into take photographs. If you come up, Evin is welcome to come to a class for free!

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    2. Evin and I would like nothing better than to spend some time with the two of you.

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  5. Oh, this is so exciting, Melissa! I'm so glad you are writing another book. Love the title and can't wait to return to Canterbury with you. :)

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  6. Dear Melissa, an inspiring and exciting posting. I'm so happy for you. Peace.

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  7. Glad things are working out for you and you have settled. I will be looking into the books.

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