What have I been doing?

Wow, it’s been over a month since I put a note up here. Where have I been? What have I been doing?

As I thought back over the past month I realized how busy it has been. I don’t want to list a bunch of excuses that have kept me from blogging, but it has been busy:

  • catching up on firewood because the ground had been so muddy this spring
  • fixing a tractor so I could move logs
  • fixing a mower to mow the trails in the woods
  • dealing with settling my father’s estate and the conflict that goes with that
  • getting ready for travel to Florida to meet a new granddaughter (I’ll write more on that later)
  • writing a children’s story for that granddaughter
  • and finally (where I wanted to end up) writing two short stories for a writing contest

The short stories were for a contest by the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Houston chapter (Writers of the Storm). The deadline is the end of this month. I finished polishing and sent them in today. Last year I was fortunate to be included in their book, and that is the book OUT OF THE STORM mentioned on my book page. It was published in February. Here is a link if you’re interested in purchasing it:

http://www.amazon.com/Out-Storm-Crystal-Barnes-ebook/dp/B00T3AZADA/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434933109&sr=1-8&keywords=Out+of+the+Storm

This year’s contest has the theme – dancing. Should be some interesting stories. I wrote a contemporary and a science fiction. We’ll see how they fare in the contest.

Anyway, excuses, excuses.

I look forward to writing again about a first visit to a new granddaughter.