Changes Ahead. (Probably.)

Hi, Folks! Just wanted to let you guys know that I really am planning to get this blog whipped back into shape very soon. I have several ideas for new features, some weekly, some monthly, some whenever. And I’m hoping to bring back at least a few old favorites, too.

Since I’ve missed being able to get out to do my local wildlife presentations, I got the idea that I might like to share some short tidbits from my Central Florida’s Fabulous Wildlife series. I hope that sounds like fun. I have some great photography from several sources that I’d really enjoy posting now and then. Hopefully some of you will find it interesting. For instance, I’d like to do a short piece on my very favorite bird of prey, the swallow-tailed kite. In fact, I might even start with that one, because–beautiful! See:

So I think you can count on a few #WildlifeWednesday posts now and then. 

I’ve already planned to make Tuesday my permanent #GuestDayTuesday, since it was already used as #ShareAReviewDay. The main difference is that now it won’t be limited to reviews, but rather will be a place where you guys can also share new releases, promotions, and other news about your work.  (BTW, this doesn’t mean you can never share these things on other days of the week. Just email me and I’ll do my best to set you up.)

I definitely plan to get back into our #FirstLineFriday posts, though they might go to every other week, just because I suspect I’m creating a lot more work for myself, here. 

#MondayMemes and #ThorsDaySmiles will be back more often, and I will continue to reblog posts from Story Empire authors and some of my other favorite bloggers.

Now, of course, I plan to continue my writing during all of this, too, since I’ll be releasing The Emissary 3: Love Hurts this week, and starting a brand new Riverbend novel. Hmmm. Here’s hoping I can find a workable routine that will allow me to keep up with these ideas. 

Would love to hear your thoughts, especially on whether you’d be interested in seeing some of the birds, animals, and habitats that make central Florida so much fun. 

And that’s it from me for now. Stay tuned for my first #GuestDayTuesday tomorrow, and then we’ll see how the rest shapes up. 

Remember: Keep Smiling! 
It makes folks wonder what you’re up to. 
😀

43 thoughts on “Changes Ahead. (Probably.)

    • Thanks, Darlene. I want to try to do it all, but know I might have to watch that I don’t wear myself out. In the meantime, we’ll see how I do. And yes, I like being busy with projects I enjoy. I’m not ready for the rocking chair yet. (Ever.) 😀 Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Hope you’ll enjoy some of what I’m aiming for. 😀

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    • Florida has a plethora of interesting creatures, and I’ll probably hit on all sorts of them over time, so I’m glad you’re interested, Jessica. Birds are always fun, being such beautiful creatures. Definitely planning to feature lots of those, and the photography of my good friend Doug Little, among others. Hope you’ll enjoy #WildlifeWednesday! And everything else, of course. 😀 Thanks for stopping by today. (And I’d LOVE to visit Australia and see all the interesting wildlife that abounds over there. Maybe in another lifetime. 😉 )

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        • They’d have to catch me first, Jessica. I don’t swim in any body of water that isn’t enclosed in turquoise concrete, for one thing. So that eliminates a few of your native species. 😀

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            • Eeewww. Spiders. But never fear. I shall come prepared with a 55-gallon drum of RAID, and pocket-sized canisters for carrying into the dunny. (Look. She’s being bilingual! 😀 ) And I admit even as much as I love snakes, you guys do have more than your share of venomous ones, necessitating I drag out my black leather catsuit (don’t ask) and gloves before any hiking jaunts into the Outback. 😀

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                • Naaah. You can’t scare me away, you know. (Especially since this entire visit is imaginary.) But I’m not going to be terrified of any magpie, no matter how evil-tempered it might be. Just NO. I refuse to let any bird smaller than the mythical roc scare me. Dingoes, I think I can avoid confronting. (I’ll try the old “toss ’em something tastier than I am” trick.) As for sharks and crocs, see my first response, wherein I explain my lifelong rule of swimming. We have sharks, crocs, AND alligators here, you know, hence my unbreakable rule of never, ever swimming in any body of water that isn’t enclosed in turquoise concrete. (And in these parts, even swimming pools can attract a gator when you aren’t looking. They climb chain link fences with no problem. 😯 ) Hmmm… I think that might be my first #WildlifeWednesday post.

                  Seriously, spiders would be my #1 worry. Harder to spot, and fast, too. Not to mention those eight hairy legs.Eeeewwww. (See my bio.) 😀 😀 😀

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                • Haha, ok, you called my bluff. It’s really NOT that bad here in Aus. Actually, the worst creepies really are the spiders, and I feel your horror, because I’m terrified of them too. We get these ones called Huntsmen a few times a year (in the house), and both husband and I are terrified of them, so it’s usually a whole can of spray, lots of screaming, and a broom to get rid of them! But yeah, I can imagine what critters you’ve got to content with down there! (well, UP there, but you know what I mean) 🙂

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    • SO glad you’d enjoy #WildlifeWednesday, Cathy! I hope to start it VERY soon. Probably next week. And how lovely that you’re looking forward to TE3. Hope you enjoy it! I’ve got it uploaded to Amazon, but the blurb doesn’t look right, so I’m still working on that. Will be sharing the link soon! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. 🙂 ❤

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  1. I’ve really enjoyed your previous pieces on the wildlife in your area, Marcia. They were informative, entertaining and fascinating (Leucistic critters, for one!). I do agree with Darlene. You have so much you want to achieve and none of it should become a chore because you’re having to drop something else to do it. Having said that, I know how much you can cram into one day and suspect you could probably add a couple more strings to your quivering bow without missing a heartbeat! ❤

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    • It’s great to know you have faith in me, Trish. Misplaced faith, most likely, but STILL. It’s great. 😀 The thing with it being my own blog is, if I can’t get the posts up every week, I’ll skip one now and then. I’m sure there will be weeks when I’ll have to do that, at least while I’m still writing books. I’m also sure that I’ll have to give up writing before I give up blogging. I only planned to write until I hit 75, figuring six years would be enough of anything that time-consuming, and I’m already past that point. So realistically, another couple of years might do it for projects that big. We’ll see. But I’m a firm believer in keeping busy as long as possible. It keeps you young. (And if that isn’t true, don’t tell me, please. I’d rather keep living in my Fool’s Paradise!) 😀 😀 😀

      Thanks for stopping by today, my friend! ❤

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  2. Yes, the swallow-tailed kites are beautiful. I don’t live in Florida, so I would find it fascinating to learn about creatures of another place. (“Creatures of another…” gosh, I made it sound like vampires or something!) Best of luck on Love Hurts’ upcoming release!

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    • Hey, I can write about our Swamp Ape legends, too, Priscilla. 😀 I mean, I’m all for tales about creepy creatures, and that’s our Florida version of Bigfoot. 😀 But since I’ve never seen a Swamp Ape, maybe I’ll stick to swallow-tailed kites and the like. I’ve been watching them all my life, and they’re MUCH prettier. (So I hear. 😀 )

      Glad #WildlifeWednesday sounds good to you, and thanks so much for taking the time to let me know. Hope you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

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    • That’s quite a compliment coming from the Queen of Resilience, and all. YOU are my inspiration, young lady, and I’m so glad to have gotten to know you better over the last few months! I do figure there will be weeks here and there when I miss a post or two, but I really want to ramp things up around here, even if I have to stay up past my 8:30pm bedtime to do so. (Seriously. That’s when I retired to the blessed peace and quiet of my bedroom each night. Of course, I have my Kindle in hand and read for two or three hours before I fall asleep and it boinks me in the face. 😀 ) Thanks so much for stopping by and offering encouragement. I appreciate it more than you know. ❤

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    • Yay! I’m so glad that one sounds good to you, Jeanne. I’ve been desperately missing my wildlife talks with my local venues and wonderful audiences, and I figured this would give me another way to go about sharing one of the big loves in my life. We have LOTS of cool stuff here in this area, and I hope you’ll enjoy the series.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and weighing in today, too. Always good to hear from you. 🙂

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    • You know, I was thinking about you as I posted this, hoping you’d find some of these critters interesting. So glad you like the idea, Craig, and I appreciate your taking a moment to let me know your thoughts. I’d love to know more about the wildlife in your part of the world, too. 🙂 I’m always fascinated by Mother Nature. 🙂

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    • Aw, thanks for that, Teri! Swallow-tailed kites are amazing, and we only have them here in the summer. When they are migrating, the skies are filled with clouds of them soaring in circles. (They can go a very long time without flapping their wings, but more on that in their special post. 😀 ) I’m so glad you’re interested in #WildlifeWednesday. Thanks so much for letting me know your thoughts, and you have a great week, too. 🙂

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    • Hi, Patt! Nice to see you here today. Yes, The Emissary eBooks are available for download on Amazon, and this last one of the trilogy will be ready in the next day or so. Still trying to tweak the blurb, but the link is live, and I’ll publish it SOON. And, as soon as I can get them done, I will combine all three novellas into a print version that can be ordered on Amazon, too. But that’s still a couple of weeks out.

      Hope all is well with you guys, and I can’t WAIT until we’re allowed to give presentations again. Or have a Tea/Luncheon! I’ve missed everyone SO much!!! 😀 Hope to see you again at some future point when it’s safer to do so. 🙂 ❤

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  3. I love that photo! What gorgeous creatures. It sounds like you’ve got a lot of great features planned for your blog and I look forward to all of them. And I always enjoy learning about wildlife from the Sunshine State 🙂

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    • Thanks, Mae. The swallow-tailed kites are simply the most beautiful birds of prey, ever. They even have gorgeous faces. I can’t wait to share more photos of them, and tell folks more about them. I look forward to them arriving here every year.

      Glad the new ideas sound good to you. Just hoping I can make them work at least MOST weeks. 😀 Thanks so much for letting me know your thoughts, Mae. Have a great Moon’s Day! 🙂

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    • Thanks, John. I’m really gonna try to make it all happen. And since I miss talking to local audiences about our wildlife, I’m looking forward to adding this series. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by this afternoon and letting me know your thoughts! 🙂

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      • That’s my mantra – one day at a time. Had to clamp down on myself with my to do lists. And I have no doubts you will. Not to mention all the stuff you have to do that comes with publishing, so I hear you. 🙂

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        • I know what you mean. If you try to do it all, you end up crazy. Or in my case, even crazier. 😉 I’ll get it. I have to focus on writing first, because I don’t think I’ll be doing it for too many more years. I only ever intended to go until I was 75, but here I am a year past that already, and know I have at least 2 or 3 more things I want to write before I “retire.” 😀 But I’ll blog as long as I can sit in this chair. Too much fun, too many nice people to quit. ❤

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          • You must! I don’t know about you, but it’s a comfort to me to be part of a community! And as for writing, hey, if you feel good, you continue doing what you love. If you don’t love it, don’t do it. ❤ Look how many writers writing books in their 90s!!! Lol xxx

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    • Aw, thanks, Miriam. That’s a very nice thing to say. I do love blogging and interacting with other writers, so it’s not hard to get involved in this supportive online community. Once in a while, it gets away from me, and I realize I’m falling behind, but I’ll catch up again. And I’ll enjoy getting some new features going. Glad to know that they sound good to you! Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to comment! 🙂 ❤

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