Thursday, January 2, 2020

Writing and Taveling Resolutions for the New Year?

Are you an RVer, or a wanna be RVer?  to the Family Motor Coach Association Rally at the Indio fairgrounds in California January 7th through the 11th .
The rally is open to the public.  
Everything for and about RVs and the RV lifestyle will be available at this rally. It is one of the largest rallies in the southwest region. It is not a sales lot, though there will be plenty of RVs to drool over. 
Attend the many  seminars and demonstrations covering recreational vehicles and the RV lifestyle and many other subjects.
I will be presenting two of my most popular seminars about how to pursue your inspirations and dreams of writing a book, blog or memoir.

Have you ever thought about writing? 
 What Makes A Good Story? 

Where's The Inspiration? 


Bring your questions  to  the  seminars.  I’ll be presenting at the rally on Thursday January 19th at 2:15 pm-3:15 pm, Friday the 10th  at 8:30 am - 9:30 am and Saturday January 11th at 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm. Did you know that 80% of the population has thought about writing?  I’ll cover the basics of how I began in this career and became a top ranking Amazon author, earning money on the road. Come early seating fills up fast. I hope to see you there!
EXTRA - EXTRA -  EXTRA !!!
This year I have a surprise !!
I will be offering what we writers call a PIRATE WORKSHOP in which ALL LEVELS  of writers gather  together and critique  one another's writing.  If you want to meet other like-minded folks who are just starting out on their writing journey or who are seasoned this will be an informal and fun get-together. 
Bring a cup of coffee and a sample of your writing (no more than two pages).
For Details and questions contact me:

Judy Howard
jhoward1935@gmail.com  

And if you miss my workshops in Indio, I have FREE TICKETS  to the International FMCA Rally in Tucson, Az. March 26th  through March 29th. I will be presenting these three seminars and maybe a surprise fourth seminar!  


And finally, whether or not you have the RV fever, come to Quartzite, Arizona after Indio.
Quartzite, Arizona is the RVer’s mecca. Once a year, the little town whose population is less than 2000, becomes a BIG, little town during January boasting  a temporary population of over a  quarter of a million, mostly RVers.

Look for me at the  Authors' Book Fair  at Readers' Oasis Book Store  on Main Street.    
I will have FREE TICKETS TO THE FMCA RALLY IN MARCH AT TUCSON!!



Find out more than could ever want to know about me by clicking on the link below !!





Oh, and don’t forget!! Readers’ reviews  keep writers motivated.

USEFUL LINKS 

Other books by Judy Howard: JUDY’S AMAZON  AUTHOR  PAGE


Click on the link below to find out more about Judy's books.






Safe travels!
                   


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

No Failures! Feedback Only!



No failures in 2019. Feedback Only!
Welcome to January 1st

The first day of 2020 and  the rest of our lives!  Let’s hit the deck running! Who's game?

I  LOVE January!

It’s a time for new beginnings and new habits.  It’s a time to review last year’s feedback. (Notice, I did not say “failures.”)


It’s time to get real.
What was your average day like last year?
How does it differ from your IDEAL DAY?
What's my ideal day? Here’s what I imagine….

A Day In The Life Of Judy Howard.

2018 marked one year of recovery since my hip replacement surgery in 2017. Before surgery, I focused only on being healthy again. I wanted to be able to put my shoes on, to walk and to sleep without pain. I wanted to get back on a productive writing schedule.  But the  five painful months waiting for a surgery date led to bouts of depression.  I belabored my future, wondering if it was downhill from here on out.

Now, with surgery a distant memory,  I am once again excited about the new year. I  am living my life, traveling  fulltime in my motorhome with my cat, Sportster. The two of us visit awe-inspiring places and meet the nicest people on earth!

Life is good. There is  no room for excuses and procrastination. So why do I have trouble reaching my goals
Science research has proven our  mind duty is to keep us safe ….  and comfortable.  So, it is understandable that it urges me to sleep in, eat that sugar loaded cinnamon roll, and to zone out, marathoning on the latest Netflix series.

But there is the soul, which is always  longing and seeking. Like the river's force, our spirit pushes past the obstacles in our  path so that we  may thrive and use our talents to create  the best version of ourselves .…. whoever that is.




 Every new year I look back on the past year and say, “I can do better.”

I imagine my ideal day in 2020 which supports a schedule and will include blocks of time to write a blog to keep in touch with my family and you, my friends and fans once a week.

 I envision eating healthier and dropping that last fifteen pounds I’ve been trying to lose for so long.

I want to acquire a new habit of hiking two to three miles a day. Last year, my average hike was one mile a day.

And finally, I want to support to write a new book every year that will excite my readers.

Other resolutions which make the top ten list for most folks every year include   the categories of healthier eating and cooking, traveling, and always, always, always -- more time and more money. And I am an American so, they are on my list too.

How do you envision your ideal day? 
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE !!!
Special  wishes go out to those of you whom I've met along my journey through 2019 and all the years before. You were like a cozy fire on a cold night and a refreshing  icy brook on a hot day. 
I love you all.

Use your time and journey to their fullest!!  

Magic will happen!


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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Live Wholeheartedly!



No failures. Feedback Only!
January 1st
A day in the life of....

The first day of the rest of my life!  Who’s game? Let’s hit the deck running!

I absolutely LOVE January!

It’s my time for new beginnings and new habits.  It’s my time to review last year’s feedback. (Notice I did not say “failures.”)


It’s time to get real.
What was my average day like last year?
How does it differ from my IDEAL DAY?
Here’s what I imagine….

A Day In The Life Of Judy Howard.

2018 marked one year of recovery since my hip replacement surgery in 2017. Before surgery, the focus of my desires was only to be healthy again. I wanted to be able to put my shoes on, to walk and to sleep without pain. I wanted to get back on a productive writing schedule but waiting five painful months for my surgery date led to bouts of depression.  I belabored my future, wondering if it was downhill from here on out.
With surgery a distant memory in my rearview mirror, in 2020, I am even more excited about 2020. I am living the life! I travel fulltime in my motorhome with my cat, Sportster. I visit awe-inspiring places and meet the nicest people on earth!

There’s no room for excuses and procrastination. Well, except that my mind wants me to me comfortable, and urges me to sleep in, eat that sugar loaded cinnamon roll, and to zone out, marathoning on the latest Netflix series.

But there is my soul -- longing and seeking, like the force of the river, pushing at the obstacles in its path so that I may thrive and become the best Judy Howard she can be …. whoever that is.




 Every new year I want to look back on the past year and say, “I can do better.”

I imagine my ideal day in 2020 which supports a schedule and will include blocks of time to write a blog to keep in touch with my family and you, my friends and fans once a week.

 I envision eating healthier and dropping that last fifteen pounds I’ve been trying to lose for so long.

I want to acquire a new habit of hiking two to three miles a day. Last year, my average hike was one mile a day.

And finally, I want to support to write a new book every year that will excite my readers.

Other resolutions which make the top ten list for most folks every year include   the categories of healthier eating and cooking, traveling, and always, always, always -- more time and more money. And I am an American so, they are on my list too.

How do you envision your ideal day? 
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!
AND MY WISHES   GO OUT TO THOSE OF YOU WHOM I MET ALONG MY JOURNEY  THROUGH 2019 AND ALL THE YEARS BEFORE!! YOU WERE LIKE A COZY FIRE ON A COLD NIGHT AND A REFRESHING ICY BROOK ON A HOT DAY. I LOVE YOU ALL!

Use your time and journey to their fullest!!  

Magic will happen!


Click on the link below to find out more about Judy's books.










Thursday, October 3, 2019

Good Stories or Bad Stories. Hard To Tell.


Our lives are a series of stories, as well as stories within stories which are good or bad. Sometimes it’s hard to tell.
After  a great time at the book signing at  Clayville Fall Festival in Pleasant Plains, Illinois 
and also  visiting my dear high school friends Kathy Jamerison and Sharon Stillwagon last week  in Springfield, Illinois, I had to say good bye and move on down the road. Good or bad, it’s hard to say.

My adventures in this crazy universe, whether planned or off the cuff, whether   positive or negative, make for a multitude of stories, which are good or bad. It’s hard to say.


I believe the universe takes charge and sets the best path for me, once I express my desires. (I think this is good.) So, I cruised  south on I-57 headed for  some quality writing  time in Shawnee National Forest and  to  tour The Garden of the Gods .


When I reached my Lake Glendale  campsite in the Shawnee National Forest I discovered a text from   my friends Sally “Edwards” Warnick and her husband, Michael, whom I had met last year as camp hosts at Giant City State Park  near Carbondale, Illinois. Their text messaged asked,  “Were you traveling south on I-57 two hours ago? ” 


Small world. (This is good.) So, the universe opened up a campsite for them here at Lake Glendale and we’ve spent the last several days catching up. As new homeowners in the area Sally and Michael  became my tour guides.

If you follow my blogs, you already know I look on the bright side and try to see only the goodness in world in which we live. This adventure became not just friends sharing nature’s beauty, it is also became a tale of discovering the beauty of human beings.  


As we drove through the pastoral farmland of Southern Illinois we discovered many small overlooked towns, whose values and community spirit are the glue which holds our country together. Like the courthouse in Golconda, Illinois  

How about Marion, Illinois? Be sure to stop by the Southern Illinois  Mercantile in Marion , Illinois. Check out their Facebook page.  The owners Tanya and Ellen are examples of small-town living.  Not only is the Mercantile a shop that you can spend hours exploring local made crafts and antiques and books by local authors  they have melt-in-your-mouth  homemade ice cream too. But more importantly, They are huge supporters and  volunteers for the Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois  They have raised so much interest and support they are sponsoring TWO   Honor flights next year.  Way to go Tanya and Ellen  and Marion. Illinois!!


The small village of Elizabethtown, known to the locals as E-town, charmed us into have lunch at the E-Town River Restaurant.  Michael indulged in fish which is  caught daily from the Ohio River while Sally and I preferred fully loaded with all the fixin' hamburgers.  After lunch we proceeded on with our tour.   (All is good.)


Cave In Rock Cave In Rock State Park states,  “Few natural formations are as awe-inspiring or intriguing as a cave. The deep, dark recesses immediately conjure up images of adventure and mystery.” And so true.


So many folks insisted that that I visit  The Garden of the Gods. "It is a “must see,” they said and it didn’t disappoint. The views of Southern Illinois were spectacular.

 Camel Rock at The Garden of the Gods.



After oohing and awing at the vistas and The Camel Rock formation, we began our short hike down the path back to the truck.

A young girl, her hair braided and wearing a red-white- and blue bandana as a headband hiked up the path, toward us as I announced to Michael and Sally, “I would like to ride a camel someday.”  

The girl’s male companion whose headband matched hers, followed close behind. From their Harley attire I guessed they  were touring southern Illinois on their Harleys.
.  
As she passed, she looked at me and announced, “I had an affair.” 

I swung around meeting her gaze. (That's bad, I thought.) Her male companion, too, had stopped, and was staring at her as if she had gone mad. Surely, she was joking.

“You did?" I asked. " And why are you telling me you had an affair?” I glanced at her husband or boyfriend who still stood,  his mouth agape, waiting  her answer.

Her eyes darted from me to him. She seemed as startled as everyone, but  then burst into laughter.   “Nooo!!  I said, ‘I did at a fair!’”  She waited, studying our faces. “I rode a camel … at  –  a – fair!”

Relief washed over the young man’s face and we all exploded with laughter. (This is good, I thought.) We talked a few moments and I reached in my back-jean pocket for my wallet to give them my business card.

My merriment switched to panic.
My wallet was gone!

(This is definitely bad.) Hoping it came out of my pocket in the truck, I hurried back to the parking lot. My mind insisted on jumping to the worst-case scenarios -- I could have lost it on the trail or at Cave In Rock or in the bathroom at the diner.  So many possibilities.  (This is bad.)We called the restaurant.

My wallet was there. (This was definitely  good.)

After I had used the bathroom in the restaurant, the right woman, at the right time  used the bathroom after me. She discovered my  wallet and had  turned it in.

Thanking all you folks at the E-Town River Restaurant in Elizabethtown,  Illinois


And thank you my good friends, Michael and Sally 'Edwards' Warnick for your wonderful hospitality.

 Life is good and people are good.


Click on the link below to find out more about Judy's books.





Oh, and don’t forget!! Readers’ reviews  keep writers motivated.

USEFUL LINKS 

Other books by Judy Howard: JUDY’S AMAZON  AUTHOR  PAGE


Click on the link below to find out more about Judy's books.






Safe travels!