The manuscript I cut my teeth on is a historical romance set in eighteenth century New France that pairs a French woman with an incredibly sexy (of course) Native American man. I loved researching the first nation people, love the connectedness they practise with Mother Earth.
I learned the deer is my spirit animal and I’m born under the butterfly. Both symbolize change, the deer in its ability to quickly change direction and the butterfly’s metamorphosis. For the most part, I embrace change. To change is to thrive.
I’m a weekly goal setter, so I constantly gauge change. I feel most fulfilled when I look back on my life and see that I’ve changed as far as accomplishments and attitudes.
Like I said, for the most part, I embrace changes, but some not so much, some are difficult and I feel my heels digging into the concrete of transformation.
Earlier this year, my daughter Ashley moved across the country to Edmonton, a difficult change for me and she knew it. She was nervous to confess her desire to move because the distance between us would mean infrequent visits. No more Saturday night barbeques.
As much as I’ve always wanted her to stay close to home, she’s always wanted to experience new places. Ashley is a goal setter and achiever. Her spirit needs geographic change to thrive and I admire that she honours this part of herself. I even admire the part that says, Mom, it will be okay, we’ll skype all the time. And now I have a new place to visit. I leave on Friday to spend nearly two weeks with my beautiful daughter on a road trip through the spectacular rockies.
Another change I’m trying to embrace with a light heart is saying auf wiedersehen to our blog partner, Sherry Isaac. Sherry is leaving Romance and Beyond because as a writer, she can only stretch herself so far and writing blog articles takes words away from our works-in-progress.
Sherry, too, needs to honour what’s best for her writing career, and while Carole and I will miss her, we look forward to this change with the expectation that she will thrive. Sherry will always have a place to visit in R & B. And we will continue to visit Sherry at her blog here: sherryisaac.com
Until we meet again in the blogging world, Sherry, sending you hugs and wishing you much success and many words!