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November 16th, 2016

What’s on my mind—lots. I try hard not to comment on any political remarks on e-mail or social media. Since I have a lot of opinions, this is difficult. I have found a way out. I write a response either agreeing or disagreeing and then I delete without sending. I get to vent this way and also avoid getting into a controversy. You, dear readers, I support in every way.
Now help me decide. There is a lot of work and revision to be done if I am to publish book IV. After the long siege with broken bones, I am overwhelmed with other tasks—but I do have a story to finish. Should I put aside everything that isn’t essential to survival and knock this book out before summer? I do know I am content when I am writing.
Last Thursday I had a great experience and I wish you had been there with me. (Perhaps you were since I do not know who your identity.). Thanks to Jill Hendrix and Fiction Addiction along with many others I had lunch at the elegant Poinsett Club with Cassandra King aka Mrs. Pat Conroy. She shared a recently published book, A Low Country Heart, collection of unpublished and informal writings of Pat. This is a treasure. I know how difficult this was for her to do but also an expression of love. It is for sale now, and you will feel very near to this author’s heart. Cassandra signed each book “In Memory of Pat.” He will be missed, but he left us a legacy of stories. Cassandra said that Pat’s goal was to write 5 pages a day. I can do that! I’ll be back. Don’t give up on me. Shirley

Oct, 17

October 17th, 2016

Oct seems to be speeding away. Happily I can say that each day my arm seems to improve. it has been a long siege since July 10, but I am now aware of all the benefits of having two workable arms. Very thankful.
I am continually asked about progress on Book IV but still have to say, “Not Yet.” I am happy to hear there is still interest, so it will come. From my limited writing before the accident, I left heroine in a bad spot, so I must find a better path for her. Does that tweet your interest?

Oct 09

October 9th, 2016

Hello dear friends–especially the +17 who have checked in since I last wrote. The past few days have been occupied with hurricane. I hope that any of you in the path of Matthew are in your homes safe, dry and with no damage. Two of my grandchildren evacuated, Austin from St Augustine and Jessica from Charleston. They hope to return home tomorrow and find no serious damage. Hurricane and Charleston together bring bad memories of Hugo. Thankfully, this seems to have treated SC kinder. Beautiful fall day in Greenville with blue skies, white marshmallow clouds and comfortably cool. I plan to take my first walk since “the accident.”
Today I got more of an incentive to get busy on book IV. With the former three, I have had a title and Bible verse before writing story. I have been dry on this until this morning in church. That is how I got Joy in the Morning and does seem like a likely place for inspiration. The Second Reading of Lesson for today gave me the verse. I will keep that as a surprise—but spoiler alert—If you are an Episcopalian you heard the same verse in church this morning. Now I have a verse, cover photo but where will I find a title.
Tonight is Presidential Debate—-OH MY.
Thanks for your loyalty to Myra. I will be back soon.
Shirley

September 29th, 2016

2/29 To my faithful friends who have checked in, Thank you and please do not stop. Today I am typing with two hands which is delightful after two fingers only. Now i have much more incentive to stay in touch. I am feeling almost human and have a lot to say. The only writing I have done until now (prior release from brace) has been for the column my hometown paper, Swainsboro Forest Blade has honored me to print. Now Myra is calling me back. I know you just corrected me and said, “Did you forget Myra is now in Heaven?” I didn’t forget, but her voice is still heard in my head. I have things floating around in my thoughts that I must put into words. Fall is here and with it I always feel a burst of energy. Fall is always a time of promise of things ahead to enjoy—Thanksgiving, football, day trip to fall color in nearby mountains, crisp local apples and the memory that in the early fall of 1954, I met a boy from Arkansas. I will keep you up on progress of possible book four. I have no title or bible verse & that is always sets pace of my writing. Any suggestions? Shirley

9/5

September 6th, 2016

HOPE YOU HAVE HAD A PLEASANT LABOR DAY WITHOUT ANY LABOR. I HAD MY FIRST OUTING SINCE ACCIDENT YESTERDAY. WENT TO EARLY CHURCH, BRUNCH AND WALMART—EXCITING DAY FOR ME. OH HOW I LONG TO DRIVE BUT THAT WILL COME IN A FEW WEEKS. THIS IS AN HONORED DAY FOR IT’S MY DAUGHTER’S BIRTHDAY. GUESS WHAT DATE LABOR DAY FELL ON THAT YEAR?
BOOK FOUR STILL SITS IDLE. MY FINGERS TELL THE STORY AND TWO FINGERS ARE JUST NOT ENOUGH. THE STORY IS STII IN MY THOUGHTS AND IN MY HEART. I MUST HEAL HEAL HEAL. SEPT IS A GOOD MONTH AND FALL IS NEAR SO ENJOY EACH DAY,
SHIRLEY

8/31

August 31st, 2016

Things are improving. I am now wearing a much smaller & less heavy brace made from suede instead of metal. I can do some things better—but not all. Looks like six more weeks of infirmity for me—now I know how the groundhog feels on a sunny Feb 2.
Two folks have checked in since my last post. To whoever you might be, I am very grateful.
To readers of my Forest Blade column, new ones have just been sent & one is very special.
Now I must get ready to go to therapy.Since driving will continue on my can’t do list, I thank my friends.
I am taking advantage of my e-reader. Hope you are well, able & enjoying good books. Shirley

8/16

August 17th, 2016

I AM TRYING SO HARD TO GET BACK INTO REAL LIFE BUT FRANKLY SOMETIMES I JUST CAN’T. THEN MYRA STARTS TO SCOLD ME. DO YOU THINK I HAVE BEEN INSIDE TOO LONG????? Hopefully I am now on the downside of freeing my arm from what seems like 10 pounds of hardware. Thanks for sticking with me as I lament.
Positive note is that I can now type with 3 fingers.
That encouraged me to start more columns for the good ol’ Forest Blade down there in Swainsboro GA.
Again, thanks for continuing to check in and for your comments. Shirley

8/8

August 8th, 2016

still two finger typing with no caps—fingers won.t stretch to the shift. delighted to find 11 new hits even when I have not been writing. frankly, I have just languished and done nothing but feel sorry for myself—not good, myra would scold me! doctor visit today was encouraging that healing is happening and possibly all my metal will be removed in few weeks. pray or put in a good word for me however you choose.
I am eager to have my life back and book five is rattling in my head. thanks for continuing to check and I promise to write a few lines often. love your comments.
hope you are well and enjoying life. never again will I take having two working hands for granted. miss driving, peeling a banana, cutting meat among much more.
shirley

July 20, 2016

July 20th, 2016

Hi,
This is Carolyn. I am Shirley’s daughter in law and filling in for today because she is a bit out of sorts. You see, she tripped on July 10 and broke (well better word, shattered) her wrist and is not up to typing yet. But, you know Shirley, she still has a lot she’s been thinking about so she wanted to catch up here. So you’ve got me.
She’s been amazing with this because she had to have surgery to repair the multiple broken bones and now has a contraption on the outside of her arm as well as a cast holding it all in place. She was quickly back on her feet and is getting around well and working on getting that hand back in shape (which is a bit tough because it hurts although she’s strong and dealing with it with just Tylenol – her doc is going to be thrilled). We’re not sure when she gets her arm back – it will take a bit for all those little bones in her hand to heal but I can’t imagine she’s going to let this slow her down for long. It’s not like her to be idle. I know she’s aching to write again. We’ll keep you posted on her progress. She’s had an outpouring of support from family and friends and her church. She will enjoy hearing from you too!
Hope you are having a great summer!
Carolyn

July 1 Fri

July 1st, 2016

You’re back—seven hits since last time. Maybe the Facebook post helped. I am still inhibited with typing. Stitches removed from my right hand—but now two stitches and bandage on one finger of left hand. Took me three attempts to type in password. Can’t complain for this will come to an end. June passed before I was ready, but never should have expected to complete my “to do” list for the month. Welcome July—I will forge ahead. #1 joy is that writing has been productive. I now have one chapter on the novelette and think I see where it is going. I won’t give details for I hope you will want to read—but without Myra, this must take a different turn. I am doing research on time, events, location, politics, and well just about everything. It brings back a time when I was totally out of my comfort zone & memories are flooding me but cannot rely on memory. Did I get your attention?
Love to see all the flags flying in my neighborhood for July 4. No matter how chaotic things have become, isn’t it great to be an American. Enjoy the holiday weekend, eat BBQ & give thanks for our freedom. Shirley