Getting Settled In Our Winter Home

It’s been almost 2 weeks since we’ve landed in Fredericksburg, TX and we’re feeling pretty at home now. We’ve worked a couple days so far here at the KOA to earn our site and utilities. We’ve mowed grass, trimmed hedges, cleaned restrooms, and picked up trash. It’s nothing glamorous but we’re not above manual labor and it’s great excercise.

It looks we’ve also got work another couple days a week next door at Rancho Ponte Vineyards. It’ll be mostly outside work and maintenance, which is what we prefer.

We should have plenty of time for working on writing and photography. We always make it a point to make time for our crafts since we believe we’ll eventually make our living from me writing novels and Sharon’s photography. I know, it’s a dream. But, we have the time and low living expenses to work toward our dream.

Just getting to live this way, traveling, writing, taking pictures, exploring, that in itself is a dream. How the hell could we possibly complain.

Just like right now, it’s Monday afternoon. Most folks are at their regular jobs. I’m sitting at Lincoln Street Wine Bar having a glass of malbec, waiting on my beautiful wife to get her highlights touched up. She’ll meet me here for drinks when she’s done. Then, we’ll have a nice dinner to celebrate our 15th anniversary before returning to our 300 square foot home on wheels.

I can’t imagine going back to our old life of work, work, and more work, to pay for a bunch of stuff we don’t need and a large home to hold all that stuff. This life isn’t for everyone, I suppose, but it’s working out beautifully for us.

A couple pics of my view at Lincoln Street Wine Bar in Fredericksburg, TX

Brian

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Sharon’s Daily Photo… An Old Mine Near Silverton, CO

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Back to the Cool Mountains

It looks like we’ve concluded our medical visits in Lubbock for the time being. And since we don’t have to be in Fredericksburg, TX until September the 24th, we’re going to once again escape the heat of west Texas for a couple of weeks. So, this weekend sometime we’ll hook up the house and go back to the Lincoln National Forest near Cloudcroft, NM. It’s not a bad drive from here, besides going through the middle of oil field country.

Hopefully, I can get the new cover for my novel, Indian Paintbrush, mostly figured out and have the new version available around mid October. I’m hoping it will be more appealing to new readers after that. It’s amazing how things that you think shouldn’t matter can make or break you when your marketing something. It’s become apparent to me that when it comes to self publishing, writing the manuscript itself is all I’m good at. Maybe I’ll learn the other stuff along the way.

I’d really like to get my next novel finished and out to readers before the end of this year. I’m sure I could do it, but I seem to be spending much of my time still working on the completed one. I have always believed, and still do, if you write quality material, you’ll eventually be recognized by the fans of said material. The thing about any writing is, everyone’s writing is unique to them. Each writer just has to find his or her fans, then make their writing available to those fans. Sounds easy, right? And, as I have to keep reminding myself, it takes time. Sometimes a long time.

While I keep looking for new fans and making my writing available to them, I’ll keep living this magnificent life of writing, travel, and self exploration. I’m living as close to my dream life as I ever have, right now. To me, that means I’m going the right direction. If you have a dream, it will stay only a dream unless you actively pursue making it a reality.

Since the link feature on WordPress seems to be inoperative right now, please check out the “About Us” page of this blog. There you can learn what we’re about and find links to my novel and Sharon’s photography.

Brian…

Sharon’s Daily Photo… Riding Through The Aspens

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Sharon’s Daily Photo… Summer in Santa Fe

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Some of Sharon’s other photos can be viewed and purchased by clicking on today’s daily photo above.

My novel, Indian Paintbrush, a murder mystery/thriller novel, can be purchased in Kindle form here or in paperback here.

 

 

Sharon’s Daily Photo… Montana Mountains

We’ve been visiting with family and have been away from our home for a few days, so I missed some daily photos. Here are a couple taken last September near a national forest campground in Montana, where we spent a few nights. We were headed to Texas from Washington where we were camp hosts in Wenatchee National Forest.

It will only be a couple more days now until we hitch up and head west to the cool mountains of New Mexico.