Choose Joy

I met a lot of really great people at the Loveland Public Library Local Author’s Showcase. The day started with three presenters, followed by a lovely lunch, and then we set up to meet the patrons and sell books. It was fun to visit with other authors, trade lessons learned, and see the immense amount of creativity from our area.

Tuesday the 13th is the release day for Rhyaden. We plan a fun launch party at Severance Middle School library at 3:30 pm. To help us celebrate, there will be a little dragon running around, plus lots of treats and activities. I have the best job of meeting people and signing books.

The days are growing shorter. It gets dark early now, driving me indoors to curl up by the fire like a cat. There is much I could be doing in the yard, but the weather has been cold, often windy, and not at all inviting for gardening. Whatever still needs to be dead-headed will still be there when the weather turns warm again. There are always stretches of warm weather during the winter in Colorado. I just have to be patient.

In the meantime, the holidays grow closer. Thanksgiving will be a large gathering of close and far away family. Everyone brings their specialty so it will be easy-peasy. My daughter-in-law wrote out each members contribution (that way the only thing I will forget is the peas in the microwave.) Then comes Christmas. We have plans for a family sleep-over, good food, a holiday movie, and stories into the night. You can’t beat that.

My thoughts return often to my mom and sister. Not talking to them during the coming holidays will be another steep hurdle. My cousin recently sent me a beautiful sentiment about the choice a grieving person must make, to sink into the sadness, or to move on and live with the joy that those lost would wish for us. I choose joy. Rhyaden book mark

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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 is scheduled for release in Nov. 2018. National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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