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WINNER! 2011 NaNoWriMo

November is the National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo) and the challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.                                                                                                                                                 

I finally finished 15 chapters (appox. 55,000 words) of my new novel CADDO GIRL today and received my 2011 winner badge. YEAH!!

It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Life kept getting in the way of my plan. But perseverance paid off — or maybe it was just plain stubbornness.  🙂 But Nanowrimo was the push I needed to get going. It’s funny how we often need that little outside push to make the time to do something we want to do anyway.

How about you? Are you guilty of procrastinating on something you want to do? To write? To learn? To travel? To volunteer?

There are so many demands on our time that it is easy to forget to make time for ourselves, especially in this holiday season. So, when you make that New Year’s Resolution List, be sure to include time for yourself and your heart’s desire, whatever that may be.

Best wishes,
Deborah

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I received this story in an email from a cousin who knows how much I love dogs. I don’t know the name of the original author or even if it is a true story, but it is a wonderful lesson for everyone, especially animal lovers who have ever wondered why our beloved pets leave us too soon.

 

A Dog’s Purpose? (from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try to live…

He said, ‘People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued, ”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do…
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

NaNoWriMo

START YOUR NOVEL

Get your novel out of your head and onto the page!

2011 National Novel Writing Month starts Nov. 1st

The goal is 50,000 words in 30 days

For more information go to:  http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/dashboard

Hurry! Join me and other writers as we 

jump-start our novels.

 

 

Breaking TWIG , a novel

BREAKING TWIG

BREAKING TWIG

Set in rural Georgia in the 1960s, BREAKING TWIG is a coming-of-age novel
 about Becky (Twig) Cooper, a young woman trying to survive the physical and
 emotional abuse of her mother, Helen, a beautiful,  calculating woman who can,
with a mere look, send the meanest cur in Sugardale,  Georgia running for its life.
Not even Twig’s vivid imagination, keen wit, and  dark sense of humor is enough to
help her survive the escalating assaults of  Helen and a new stepbrother, but help
comes from an unexpected source—Frank, her  stepfather. Sometimes, having one
person who loves and believes in you is all a girl needs to keep hope alive.

Often raw and irreverent and sprinkled with all the Southern flavoring found in a good bowl of chicken and dumplings, BREAKING TWIG, is about finding love where we least expect it, destroying lives with easy lies, and realizing each of us determine our own truth.

BREAKING TWIG  by Deborah Epperson
Now available at:   Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com

THE FIRST STEP

Welcome to the ponderings, musings, and flights of fancy of a wife/mother/teacher/biologist/business owner/freelance writer/novelist/animal lover.

I mention all the roles I’ve played in my ??? years here on planet Earth not to brag or show off, but rather to have them serve as a reminder to me that I have taken on a new role, accepted a new job, stepped into a new classroom, or held my baby in my arms the first time and thought, “How in the world will I ever learn how to do what needs to be done?” That first sentence is my touchstone of sorts to remind me that there have been so many “FIRST STEPS” in my life, and somehow, I muddled though.

This is the first time I have ever written a blog. There, the truth is out. Up until today, Deborah Epperson, has been blog-less. Did I hear you gasp? Laugh? Sigh with empathy?

So why start a blog now, you may wonder. To be totally frank, I was told my many (who shall remain nameless) that as a writer and novelist, I needed a blog to connect with my readers and to let the world know that I have published my first novel, BREAKING TWIG, which can be found at Amazon.com and Barnes& Noble.com        They said I can put something called a RSS link here –whatever the heck that is. DUH!

Assuming I don’t hit the wrong button and this page actually gets published, I will give you a brief “Blurb” from the book.  (No moaning in the balcony section please)

Set in rural Georgia in the 1960s, BREAKING TWIG is a coming-of-age novel about Becky (Twig) Cooper, a young woman trying to survive the physical and emotional abuse of her mother, Helen, a beautiful, calculating
 woman who can, with a mere look, send the meanest cur in Sugardale, Georgia running for its life. Not even Twig’s vivid imagination, keen wit, and dark sense of humor is enough to help her survive the escalating assaults of Helen and a new stepbrother, but help comes from an unexpected source.  Sometimes, having one person who loves and believes in you is all a girl needs to keep hope alive.

Often raw and irreverent and sprinkled with all the Southern flavoring found in a good bowl of chicken and dumplings, BREAKING TWIG, is about finding love where we least expect it, destroying lives with
easy lies, and realizing each of us determine our own truth.

Now, that wasn’t too long, was it? It’s hard for me to judge because I was born and raised in the Deep South (Texas and Georgia). In the South, we don’t say anything in 2 words if it can be said in 20 words. Drives editors CRAZY!

Anyway, BREAKING TWIG is an easy read. Lots of dialogue (I love writing dialogue).  It isn’t about perfect people, because I don’t know any perfect people.  It’s about people who learn and grow and try to survive what life throws at them. Just like in real life, some find the courage to make the hard decisions and some don’t. Some come to realize they are responsible for their own destiny, while others will always blame parents, luck, the world, you, me, etc.

So having summoned my courage to face the blank blog page, I am taking my first step at becoming a blogger and hope that somewhere in the vast internet universe, you will find me and want to stop by and sit a spell.

Thanks for letting me bend your ear.

Deborah

breakingtwig@yahoo.com

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