The Devil’s Slide

The picture is a cool geological feature in Utah dusted with snow. It’s not in a national park,img_1668 so not as well known.

My company and a lovely, relaxing holiday has come and gone. A big thank you to my neighbors, who had me over for a wonderful dinner Christmas night. The weather is windy and cold but my house guest very kindly fixed the missing door sweep for me. What a warm difference that makes. I’ve eaten the last of the cookies and sent the remaining pie to two deserving homes. I got on the treadmill again, and now it’s time to get to the year-end bookwork. The motivation for that is eluding me. Go figure.

Here comes 2017. This decade is flying by, isn’t it?

Good progress has been made on several fronts. One is my list of things to take along on my next trip. I will be gone for three weeks, so I need to be prepared. It is tax time after all. I don’t have the items gathered, mind you, I just have put together the list itself. The other progress was writing the synopsis for my young adult novel. That is not an easy task, and this was my second major stab at it. I think I’m getting there. As soon as a few people read it, I’ll know if I have to try a third time.

A friend read the first 10 pages of the novel and had some questions, so I went back over the beginning and clarified a few details. I had recently thrown out the first six chapters, so some of the back story had to be worked back in. It helps so much to have others read the story and point out the things I’m too close to see.

Each time I go downstairs, I take a decoration down with me. I don’t want to un-decorate totally yet, so I thought I would try this little-bit-at-a-time method. I didn’t put up a whole lot this year because of the floor remodel in the living room, but still, I managed to make it look festive. But what came up, most go back down!

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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