Game Time

It’s game time at Tiger Stadium!  There’s nothing like LSU Football.  My four year old daughter and I are watching the LSU vs. Bama game.  It is sure to be an exciting game!  

Go Tigers!

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Another Visit with Pablo

I came across this poem in research for the book I’m writing.  I thought it was amazing so I wanted to share it with you.  Enjoy.

Same Story

by Pablo Neruda

This evening, each hour, it grows earlier:

each splendor, each shadow,

each twilight, dawns anew on our world:

immovable time

masks

its exigent face

and changelessly changes its garment:

each night or in delicate daybreak

the long silence of glaciers,

summer’s reddening apple:

all is vagabond as the wind:

time idles, immobile,

hueless and heatless, sunless and starless:

nothing avails but the absolute

 Goodbye and goodbye. Nothing changes.

Poe on Halloween

On Halloween I thought I would share some Poe with you.  This is one of my favorite Poe poems.       I hope you like it.

A Dream Within a Dream

By Edgar Allan Poe

(published 1850)

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

http://www.poemuseum.org

Resurrection Preview

The preview for my second book Resurrection is up now! This is the link:

https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1111987

 

The Death of a Loved One

A dear cousin passed away this week and I attended his funeral today.  This post is in his honor. Rest in peace Larry.  You will be truly missed.

To an Athlete Dying Young

BY A. E. HOUSMAN

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.
Today, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.
Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears.
Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.
So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.
And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl’s.

Phases

Ok, so I haven’t posted anything in a while.  So I thought I would share what’s been going on with my work (or what’s not going on with the work!)

For the last few weeks I’ve been in serious writing mode on my new book Resurrection the second vol. in the Bayou Blood series.  Since the book series is intended for struggling readers, my intention was to gradually make each volume a little more advanced in reading level so I’ve been spending a lot of time editing and trying very hard not to use too difficult of vocabulary and etc…

I had to take a break!  I start to over think things. So I decided to take a vacation from my Louisiana Vampire world.

Since I’ve had a sick child all week, it’s been a perfect time to snuggle up with him and read.  I didn’t think I would get so addicted to the series that I would lose sleep trying to find out what happens next, but I did!  I am reading Richelle Mead’s Bloodline series, which is a spin-off of the Vampire Academy series.  I’m totally addicted to it.  One of my favorite characters from Vampire Academy is now one of the main characters in the Bloodline series. (Adrian Ivashkov)  So, good job Richelle!

P.S.

My son is all better now and back at school.  My fingers are crossed that nobody else in the family gets ill!

Much Love From Louisiana! – Jill

Swamp Secrets Book Trailer

I just finished my first book trailer!  I’m in the process of posting it on Amazon.com and Youtube.

This is the link for the trailer on Youtube:  http://youtu.be/-ZiCM9SLTPo

Again, thanks for all of your support.

Much love from Louisiana! – Jill