Thursday, December 29, 2011

3-2-1 2012

Three days until 2012 and I wish everyone a Happy New Year!
My New Year's resolutions are doable. I will eat more apples, eat less sugar, live one day at a time, and write a bit more often in my blog.
May 2012 be a year of laughter, love, and learning!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Snow

I'm sitting in my office watching the steel gray sky spit little bits of snow. I keep repeating "snow, snow, snow!" I want big fat flakes and at least six inches on the ground. Does that sound nuts?

Actually Christmas snow is magical, especially if you don't have to drive around in it. Of course, I grew up in Lake Tahoe, where it wasn't unusual to get five feet in one snow storm. I love it when the dreary bland ground is covered in a blanket of soft puffy white--it's dazzling. And it's the height of contentment to sit by the window, watching the dancing snowflakes, and sipping a warm cup of hot chocolate.

Many of my friends, who live in warmer climes, don't understand the fascination, but I guarantee that they would be mesmerised by the magic of diamond ice crystals glittering the dark night. We all become children with Christmas snow.

Snow, snow, snow!

Friday, December 2, 2011

It's December

It's December. Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed and we're on to Christmas. I haven't posted for awhile...sorry. I've been caught up in the chaos of kitchen remodeling, business travel, and researching for my next book. And, I tend to get lost in the process when I'm researching.

Jonathan Hawaii Napela is the subject matter for my next book of historical fiction. He was one of the first converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from the Sandwich Islands in the 1850's. He was a prominent Hawaiian who helped George Q. Cannon translate the Book of Mormon into the Hawaiian language. He also helped establish the gathering place settlement at Laie, where the Mormon temple now sits, along with the Polynesian Cultural Center, and the BYU Hawaii campus.
Brother Napela traveled to Salt Lake City in 1869. He met with President Brigham Young, renewed his friendship with Brother Cannon, and became the first Hawaiian to be endowed in the Endowment House.

There are many other amazing accomplishments concerning Jonathan Napela, but you'll just have to wait for the book.

It's December, and I should be focused on getting my house back in order, trimming the Christmas tree, and hanging stockings, but I find myself thinking of green islands in an azure sea. I suppose that's the wonder and curse of being a writer; one tends to live with their head in the clouds.