The Month That Was

September has arrived, leaving August a mere memory. And what a month it was—some good, some bad.

An F-14 Tomcat on the flight deck of the Lexington

August began with promise. My husband and I had just come off a week’s vacation. Although I’m a “mountain” person, we decided to go to the Texas coast this year. We spent two nights in Corpus Christi in a beachfront hotel and one in Galveston.

It was one of the most relaxing vacations I had had since our cruise to Alaska five years ago. In Corpus, we toured the USS Lexington Museum. The “Lex” was a World War II era aircraft carrier and was decommissioned in 1991. It’s also known as the “Blue Ghost” because it’s said to be haunted.

We didn’t see any ghosts but were able to see some vintage aircraft. In Galveston, we rode the ferry across to Bolivar Peninsula and ate at a popular seafood restaurant.

Sunset on the Bolivar Ferry as we neared Galveston Island

Sadly, these same areas were affected last week by Hurricane Harvey. Some of the towns we traveled through suffered significant damage and many parts of Houston flooded.

Early in the month came a personal tragedy for our family as my husband’s nephew was killed in an auto accident. The news came as a shock. We take comfort in lots of good memories and the knowledge that Tim is in a better place right now.

August also brought a total eclipse of the sun (partial one here in Texas), and I was able to view one for the first time through solar glasses. Awesome experience! In seven years, our area is on the path for another total eclipse.

In writing news, I just finished a short story that will be included in an anthology (more about that coming soon). And the big news is that I will complete the first draft of my second Driscoll Lake novel within the next couple of days. Writing it took a lot longer than expected, but I’m pleased with the results.

Looking back, I realize it’s been over a month since I blogged here and my goal is to be more consistent. I plan to get back to my weekly wrap up post each Friday where I share links to the other sites where I contribute, Story Empire and AIW Press.

Here are this week’s links:

5 Tips for using Layout Manager in Scrivener – Story Empire

Guesting and Hosting – Story Empire

Professional Editing (Part one) – AIW Press

Curated Content for Writers – Story Empire

That wraps it up for this week. For those of you in the US, enjoy the long Labor Day weekend.

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  • Glad to see you back here, Joan. August did go quickly, with good and bad suffered by many of us. Here’s to a great September.

    • Yes, you also had some not so good things happen during August. I’m declaring September a happy month!

  • C. S. Boyack

    You’ve had a roller coaster month. Here’s to hoping September is trending upward.

    • Yes, I’m ready for a much calmer September.

  • What a month indeed! Seems the roller coaster came to your backyard and didn’t let go of you two for the entire month. Highs and lows are not easy, especially when they come so quickly in succession. Sorry for the loss of your loved one, but you do know where he is. Harvey has been a tragic storm, and I do hope we continue to learn lessons about the protections needed at the shorelines. Glad you’re back and ready to pick up your weekly updates. We’re both starting our engines back up, ready to roll!

    • It was a roller coaster month, Sherrey. And I love your new blog. Visited for the first time today. Getting ready to do a makeover on mine (as soon as I finish writing the book) and deciding what theme I plan to use. Harvey caused a lot of damage, but it’s also served to bring a lot of people together. It’s a shame it take a tragedy to make us put aside petty differences and come together as one.