This & That & The Other Thing – Update – And a Poem by Hunter Painter


Just a quick update to let you folks know I’m still here, though I’ve had a lot on my plate of late. Between endless appointments for this or that and some annoying health issues to deal with,  I’m continuing to run behind, but I do think I see a dim glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Can’t wait for things to return to normal.


I know I’ve promised I’d be writing on my Blog Break days, but so far, that isn’t working out as well as I’d hoped. (See above for reasons why.) However, I’m not giving up on my Cole, Cole, & Dupree novella. I’m determined to finish that, and very hopeful to make more progress in the next week or two. Don’t count me out, yet. My brain is jam-packed with ideas for this one, and somehow, I WILL get them down on paper. (Well, down in a Word document, anyway! 😀 )


Was going through some clutter today, trying in vain to get my desk area organized and useful again, and I found this little poem I came up with while working on Finding Hunter. Hunter Painter is a writer. One who marches to a different drummer, as many writers do, but also one who has been in love with Willow Greene since high school, though he never had the nerve to explore his feelings. (Except in his dreams, of course, or scribbled on scraps of paper here and there.)

This is a poem he wrote while in 11th grade, though he never showed it to a soul. I debated including it in my book, but ended up not doing so. It does, however, appear on the cover, if you look closely enough at the page shown there. When I saw it this morning, I decided to post it for you today. This is the first time I’ve ever shared it, and I hope you enjoy taking a look.

Emeralds and Silver

No emerald pulled from
  darkest earth holds
    light so warm, so
      full of life, as the
          green in those eyes.

No precious metal
  curled or curved in
    filigrees of man’s design
      offers half the sheen of that
        spun-silver hair.

Who would trade her
  incandescent glow for
    emeralds and silver
      lonely and cold,
        joyless, both, next to her
          bright sparkle.


And on that note,
I’ll get back to work.
Enjoy the rest of your day, everyone!

25 thoughts on “This & That & The Other Thing – Update – And a Poem by Hunter Painter

    • Thanks so much, Yvette. It’s just the kind of thing Hunter would write–and then hide in a desk drawer and never let anyone see. (That’s pretty much what he’d done with everything he wrote for many years, filling boxes full of poetry and tales and observations.) I hope you’ll enjoy his story when you have a chance to read it. He became very real (and very special) to me by the time I finished the book.

      Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a moment to comment! 😀 ❤

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    • Thanks so much for that wonderful compliment, John. Hunter’s story (and the impact his love for Willow had on his life) is probably my favorite of all my books. He’s not like any other character I’ve ever written, and he touched my heart in ways I can’t even explain. (That’s how real he seemed to me.)

      Glad you enjoyed the poem, and hope you get a chance to read the story one day. (Hint … he does not have an easy road to travel, and his battles are many.) Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to let me know your thoughts. 😀 ❤

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    • Awww, thanks so much, Rae! I’m so glad you enjoyed the update and very happy that you liked the little poem. I can’t remember why I finally decided not to include it in the book, but I’m happy I kept it, and that I did add it (faintly) to the cover. It’s just the kind of thing Hunter would have written about the girl he loved. Even in high school, he was definitely an out of step kinda guy.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a moment to say lovely things. I appreciate it very much!
      😀 ❤

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    • Glad you enjoyed the poem, Jeanne, and thanks for understanding the frustration of being sidetracked from what I really want to be doing. I know it happens to all of us from time to time, so I’m telling myself it isn’t the end of the world, and I’ll get back to my WIP before much longer. Thanks also for stopping by to say hello!! 😀 ❤


    • Thank you so much, M! I’m really glad you enjoyed it, and there are times I wish I’d found a good spot to tuck it into the book. And thanks also for stopping by and taking a moment to let me know. Have a great day! 😀 ❤

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        • Thanks again for that, M. I had already published my book of poetry (Summer Magic) before I wrote Finding Hunter, or I would have included it in that, for sure. I’m probably about due to publish a second volume of poems, and even have a couple lying around that could get me jump-started. I’ll make a note to see about giving that a go, as soon as I finish my WIP novella from my Wake-Robin Ridge series. And THAT will happen just as soon as my life eases up a wee bit so I can focus on writing again.

          So glad you think this one is a “special piece.” If you ever get a chance to read my Riverbend series, you’ll meet Hunter Painter, and maybe he’ll touch something in your heart. He’s pretty special to me, anyway. 😀 ❤

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          • You sound so excited about everything and that’s so exciting to me. Keep your focus, keep your excitement, and most importantly don’t ever lose your enthusiasm and passion for writing. This enthusiasm is contagious to other writers like me.❤️I’ve got a loooong list of books to read still, but I will keep yours in mind. I bet your books have the same passionate energy inside of them. And if I get a chance to read them, I’ll be sure to leave you a review. 🙂

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            • That would be absolutely lovely, M, and I fully understand having a huge TBR pile! I’ll have to live to be about 125 to get through mine, and that’s if I don’t keep adding to it! And I’d like to think you’re right about the passionate energy inside my books. It was sure in my heart when I wrote them!

              Thanks again for stopping by, and have a great day! 😀 ❤

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    • Thanks, Jan. I’m glad you enjoyed that little verse. I’d almost forgotten I’d had Hunter write it, and I must say, I a bit sorry it didn’t end up in the book. As for life returning to normal, I was mostly referring to all the stuff I’m dealing with personally that keeps eating up my writing time. As for the rest, I can only pray. (And cross my fingers and toes.) 😊

      Thanks so much for stopping by today! 😀 ❤

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    • Thanks so much, Denise. I’m glad you enjoyed Hunter’s little verse. As Willow finds out, he has drawers and boxes filled to the brim with things he’s been writing for years and years. I debated included this verse in the book, then changed my mind. (I no longer remember why I decided against it, but at least I did feature it on the cover … VERY faintly. 😁)

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for the well wishes. Greatly appreciated! 😀 ❤

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  1. I’m glad that there’s light shining at the end of the tunnel and hope that soon you’ll have the freedom and space to write all those ideas you have stored away for Cole, Cole & Dupree. Everyone must now by now how much I love Rabbit, but I also love Hunter. It’s not often a character can make me cry but I cried more than once when reading Finding Hunter. He touched my heart. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Thanks so much for ALL of that, Trish. Hunter will always be special to me, and tied with Rabbit as my favorite of all my characters. Confession time: I cried fairly often while telling his story. He’s dear to my heart, for sure. So glad you love him, too.🤗

      And yes, I’ll be doing an update on a few things soon, but for now, I think I’m getting a pretty good handle on several issues that have slowed me down considerably of late. With any luck, I’ll be back in Writing Form very soon!!

      Thanks so much for stopping by today, Trish, and taking a moment to tell me such nice things! 😀 ❤

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed this, but I’m afraid I didn’t write it in the 11th grade. My fictional character, Hunter Painter “wrote it” when HE was in the 11th grade.. I published the book Finding Hunter in 2015, so I was actually 71 when I wrote it. Didn’t mean to confuse anyone, but I’m still glad you enjoyed the poem. And thanks so much for stopping by to let me know! 😀 ❤


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