My Life

BLOG POST: 10 Things I Learned from My Mom

I realize that I’ve been quiet for a long while. Last year was hard for me. Amid the hustle and bustle of teaching full-time, raising two elementary kids, being a partner to my husband, running a household, and sneaking in writing, I was stopped in my tracks—my mom took a turn for the worse.

My mom had suffered for a long time with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), think Parkinson’s disease on crack. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to watch an independent person be robbed of the things that they love most. My mother was an artist who made everything she touched more beautiful. This disease stole the use of her hands, then all motor function, followed by her ability to speak, and ultimately her life.

My multiple trips north to Oregon were to help my dad and see my mom as much as possible. In July, I flew up to help transition my mom to hospice care. They said she had a few months, but after I flew home, it was only a few days. My dad had tirelessly taken care of her. He meant it when he said “for better or worse, in sickness or in health.” This month would have been their 50th wedding anniversary.

It has been five months, and it has taken me this long to process enough to write about…well, much of anything. It is hard for me to be this open in public. By nature, I am very optimistic and upbeat, but I tend to keep my pain private. So, instead of not saying anything, I wanted to honor my mom and share a glimpse of her wisdom.

What I learned from my mom.
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Photo Writing Prompt: Land & Sea

Try your hand at writing a 1000 word or less story based on one of these prompts.

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State of Things

The turkey is in the oven, the table is set, and the kiddos are coloring place cards. Now I have my first few moments of peace since early this morning. So, first things first, Happy Thanksgiving!

If you need a gravy recipe for later today, I have a great one! Robin’s Easy GravyEasy Gravy

 

Second, here’s a little update. It’s been…well, a really, really long time. Bad writer, I know (shuffles feet and looks down).

Life has been extraordinarily busy this school year. I’m still teaching high school and college classes in American and British Literature. Additionally, who knew that first and third graders would have so much homework? I’m spending my afternoons I am working on some projects, just slowly. I’m afraid I’ve missed my deadline for Light & Shadows: Watcher Series Shorts and Extras. Being late kills the perfectionist in me (Argh!).  I did complete a 25 page prequel extra with Joshua in Romania with Gabriel, Kez, and Samael. The book is still in the works, it will be out sometime in 2017. I may add a little post-The Fallen extra for those of you who have been asking. If you are dying to have something included, send requests through my contact page.

I am also working on my second Prompt Me book. Here is the cover reveal! (more…)

Author Lauren Lynne’s Interview with Robin Woods

RobinWoods2014I had the honor of being interviewed by young adult writer, Lauren Lynne.

Welcome to my interview with novelist, Robin Woods, author of The Watcher Series.

Hello, Robin,

I’m glad you’re here! First some fun trivia – give me some juicy details…!

[Click here to read the full interview on Lauren’s site]

Resource: Oregon Backgrounds & Textures

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Escape to the Oregon Coast

Each year we hop in the car and head north to Oregon. We have relatives in several cities, and get to take in the breathtaking landscapes and partake in all sorts of outdoor activities. All of these photos were taken within a 20 minute drive of Florence, Oregon. This town is a favorite for those that live in Oregon. It offers an adorable downtown to hang out in, as well as, beaches, dunes, rivers, lakes, and forest. We try to fit in a couple of trips to the dunes on ATV’s, where several of these pictures are taken.

Sample quote using one of the backgrounds

“I alone cannot change the world

Photos are free for use with credit

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My Life: A Conversation with my Husband

On a regular basis, my husband and I banter back and forth. I have to admit, my husband topped me this time. I was actually speechless.

[Watching TV: A bomb goes off and part of a corridor collapses]
Me: Did they even check that guy’s pulse? Or did they just assume he was dead.
Husband: He was under a huge pile of rubble.
Me. He could have survived, people survive under rubble in buildings for days.
Husband: True.
Me: If I am ever trapped under rubble, you need to check my pulse. And if I’m dead, I want a Viking funeral.
Husband: I would like you to stuff me and keep me in the living room.
Me: (blink, blink, blink)

There are just no words for that.

Below is a picture of a wooden grave marker in Carson City, Nevada. I took it on our wedding anniversary getaway this summer. It somehow seemed fitting to include with this post.

Carson City Grave

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My Guest Post on Village House of Books Blog

Am I Doing This Right?

by Robin Woods

RobinWoods2014When I was younger, I loved writing. I would scribble missives on random scraps of paper and create imaginary worlds that I dreamt of nightly. In fact, I still have an art pad full of outfits I dreamed up for my well-dressed villainess. I was eleven, so my sci-fi novel was awful, and truthfully, I probably spent more time drawing pictures than I did writing, but it did instill a love for the written word.

I didn’t start writing with determination for many years. Okay, maybe a couple of decades. But when I did sit down to write, I felt shackled…

Read full article on the Village House of Books Blog.


I will be making an appearance at Village House of Books in Los Gatos, CA on May 2nd at 2:00.

Village House of Books
21 W Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030

Details and Schedule (here)

Author Interview: Robin Woods

I have a special guest on my blog today. She’s no stranger here, but it’s been a while since I’ve hosted her. Please give a warm welcome to novelist, Robin Woods, author of The Watcher Series. She’s sharing about her latest projects, giving some author/writer tips, and letting us know a bit more about her life. Enjoy!

Robin is also hosting an eBook giveaway…

Click here to read the interview and enter the giveaway.

Photo: “Siblings” taken at Natural Bridges State Park Beach

We decided to take advantage of the early spring weather and head for the beach this weekend. The kids spent hours playing in the surf, as I huddled under my 50 layers of sun protection. Hey, I’m not half Italian, I’m all things pasty.  My Italian father-in-law did poke fun at my hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, sunblock, and umbrella.  Don’t worry, I rocked the look. Anyway, 1:00 PM on a bright day is not the ideal time to take pics, so I decided to capture some silhouettes using the glare from the water.  This is my favorite:

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The Hammock Interview with Me!

In The Hammock with YA fantasy author, Robin Woods

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Click here to read the interview. I promise to show off my sassy side. 🙂