I have had a little extra time recently. Not much. But enough. And, with this extra bit, I did some reorganization. It was in the midst of this endeavor that I came across some of my writing resources and inspiration. The book cover I have posted above gave Wings of Time: Breaking Darkness its setting. I always say that everything happens for a reason--this thought is even expressed in the story in book three (Threads of Time: Untying Fate--yes, it is nearly done and will go to editing when I can afford to do so). Running across this book is an illustration of that philosophy. My story had been bumping around inside my head for years--more than 10 now--but it never had a home. Not really. Not until my husband and I took a side road off the Blue Ridge Parkway and ran across this tiny, old, almost gone country store. An old man sitting in a chair next to a wood stove was there. The shelves were nearly bare, and there was a few tables with stuff scattered across them. I wanted to buy something from him, so I began looking through items on the table. My eyes were drawn to this book even though I had never heard of Fayerdale before. Elmer Haynes self-published the book after finding a collection of newspaper articles and stories his father had compiled. It's just a collection. Some narrative. It's mostly about moonshining and bootlegging. Yes, they are different--one is making it and the other is transporting it--something I learned in my research that was kinda cool. There were some accounts of gruesome events. Murders. Sitting up with dead bodies. Events I tweaked for my book.

As I read it in the car that very day I bought it, my thoughts raced with ideas, and my characters rejoiced because they now had a home. The words began to flow. I found other great resources including Tracey Esplin's 10,000 Years of History Buried Under a Lake: The Story of How Fairy Stone State Park Came to Be. I did online searches. We went hiking. Although we had done this before, I wanted to do it with the eyes of my characters. We peered into the iron mines and shuffled through the leaves on the trails. We drove down the graveled Fayerdale Drive and around the park's cabin area. Seedling ideas flourished. It has been quite an experience, and it all started with that tiny store, that sweet man, and this book. Everything does happen for a reason. I hope that everyone is staying safe right now because it is all very real and its reason can only be defined by each of us individually while looking out for each other. Stay safe all and read a book.

Tree carving in our front yard.

So, book 2 is finally out. I have had long gaps in creative energy during the time of trying to get the 2nd book out, and it feels so good to have it completed to share. I hope that I have done the story well for all of you. There is one more on the way, and I am working hard to get it out to you in 2020. Please be sure to let me know what you think!

Updated: Nov 10, 2019

So Much To Be Thankful For

President Roosevelt formed the CCC to help bring the country out of the depression. I have since read disputes as to whether this contributed to the country's recovery or not. I can imagine though that the work it provided gave a certain sense of accomplishment to more than most who participated. I often think about all that these people did to provide us with such beautiful parks and natural habitat to lose ourselves in after a hectic week of work. I whisper a silent thank you every time we visit a park or drive the Blue Ridge Parkway marveling at some of the bridges and other construction they performed. We were actually on the Parkway today, and this is what made me think of doing this post. We were at a very popular stop on the parkway with beautiful scenery and historical significance. Yet, as we walked the grounds I was so sad to see how much was falling into disrepair. So sad to think how President Roosevelt's efforts for conservation are sometimes seen as a land grab by the government getting in the way of people's progress and profit. I hope this is a short-lived trend.

Fairystone State Park is one of these beautiful places I couldn't imagine not being able to visit. It is run and maintained by the State of Virginia. It is a tribute to those in the CCC who built this state park for future generations to see. The park opened in 1936, and it continues to be a place for recreation, conservation, and learning. What a beautiful setting for Wings of Time: Breaking Darkness. Thank you CCC.

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