Welcome Reader:

Whether you've just now tuned in to my life, or have been keeping up with my inner thoughts for quite some time now,
I welcome you.

Though you may or may not be entertained by my thoughts, it is for MYSELF that I pen a blog.

As a writer, I enjoy expressing myself.
When I write long romance novels, I am inside my head so much, I forget to focus on reality.

By writing once and a while on my blog, when the mood hits me, I have the freedom to come and go.
To pull up a chair and order lemonade or an ice cream sundae.
To either gobble it down, or eat it ever so slowly...

...until it melts into a concoction that resembles mushy milk.

Pull up a chair! Have a read. I hope you enjoy it.
I do...and that's what really matters.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Ode to a Crying Writer

I cried while writing a scene. I cried pretty hard. I cried because I could relate to my character's heartache. Then I cried while writing a different scene, all within the same hour. I cried for things I have, and don't have, and wish I had. I cried for mistakes made in the past and for mistakes I hope not to make in the future. I cried, felt the tears, and reveled amid intense emotion. I cried while writing scenes, and hope that since I cried, someone else (my reader) will cry. If THEY cry, then I have succeeded!

Do you ever cry when reading a romance or fiction novel?
Do you ever cry while watching a movie?
Do you judge a book or movie to be good if it makes you cry or tugs at emotions?
Please Reply!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Dormant Lies the Snow

Winter in New England
is never really over
it just lies dormant
ready to freeze your butt off
at any opportunity.

Like today, late in March,
with crocus of yellow
already popped up and open,
virgin snow blankets the petals
and many Yankees curse!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sometimes We Forget to Live

We are all so busy living our lives...

One in Northwood - no one admits to,
One in Northwood - ever changing, ever growing,
One in Florida - warm but in pain,
One in Alton - with paramount responsibilities,
One in Northwood - at the helm of family and business,
One in Northwood - hardly ever seen yet always around,
One in Northwood - a confident mother, wife, and friend,
One in Nottingham - childless, but writing books that become babies,
One in Northwood - working hard, eager for love that is elusive,
One in Epsom - determined to provide for a devoted family.

We are all so busy living our lives...sometimes we forget to live...
Needing, wanting, dreaming...sometimes we take, but forget to give...
Stop, look, listen...time is slipping through a sieve...
Remember, reflect, admit...and someday maybe forgive...

Friday, March 21, 2008

Writer's Playground

Writing is like playing on a playground.

Many apparatus are available to express yourself. There is the promise of FUN, but the RISK of danger. With my novel in full SWING, I am TEETER-TOTTERING with emotions.

I SLIDE into one scene, PLAY with it, and then RUN headlong to its dramatic event, all the while looking around to see which TOY I will PLAY with next.

Writing is like playing on a playground...and the finale is when you JUMP OFF THE SWING and offer the reader a turn!

I hope readers have fun on my SWING!

Monday, March 10, 2008

A Journey of Novel Writing

Yes, folks, you heard it hear first; Lisa (Allen) Kennard has embarked on her journey of writing a new novel. Folks, this is such exciting news that we cannot keep the secret. Our excitement is overflowing like hot chocolate poured into too small a mug. :)

As an inspiring new novelist Lisa has taken the plunge, after a sabbatical, delving deep into her imagination to create vivid characters inside a varied story line. Many twists and turns keep the reading fast and witty. Each character has his/her own hopes, trials, and journey.

This is not her first romance novel experience. Lisa has been living the life of a writer since 1980. Her first (and only) formal training was graduating from The Institute of Children's Literature, which was a correspondence course she completed while serving the in United States Air Force. Since then she has studied Writer's Digest magazine and many reference books on the craft of writing. Lisa has six first draft novels 'curing' on the back burner. She is proud of two published non-fiction articles and song lyrics that were adopted by the Town of Nottingham, NH's Board of Selectmen as the Official Town Song. In addition, she has penned approximately 250 poems, plus other creative writing accomplishments.

"My mind is constantly open to new ideas for plot, character, dialogue, and introspection. Many times I find my best muse is music," Lisa informs. "My favorite author is Jane Austen. Her writing is classic. Adaptations of her work, made into Masterpiece Theatre productions, have long-held my attention. I model my storytelling after her. I'm determined to be published as a modern-day Jane. Nothing plain about it!"

It's working title: Portsmouth Made Them, is written in third-person, limited point-of-view. Lisa unfolds her tale of young love and the many challenges facing Priscilla and Pritchard in their quest for friendship and love. Having grown up as part-time neighbors in the countryside on Nottingham Square, the tale follows their lives that bring them to historical Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Will they stay together? Will life's demands throw a 'monkey-wrench' into their plans? To find out, you must plunge into their worlds; join them as their lives unfold.

Would you like a sneak peek?
If so, you must send a comment with your request.
Note: The writer reserves the right to screen requests to decide who is viable to read excerpts.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Eager to Revisit Geo-Caching

The other day, as I drove and my husband and niece rode, I asked my six-year-old niece if she would like to going geo-caching again this spring and summer. "What is geo-caching? I forgot," she replied. I reminded her it was "when we used a GPS machine and we hiked in the woods until we found the treasure! We put a treasure in, and then took a treasure out."

"Oh, yes, I liked that. That's where we got that little doll," she reminded me. My niece really does have a good memory...sometimes better than mine.

So, we will take the GPS handheld unit my sister gave us after Bud died (may he rest in peace), and use it this spring and summer to find some more caches.

Ray, our builder (when we added on a modular home on to our 'camp') introduced us to geo-caching. I'm sure he will be happy to hear we will pursue it again this year. Ray the builder is a great one to hide caches in tricky locations. I was proud to find one in Northwood Meadows he hid without much difficulty. I may be a natural at finding them....

Ray the builder brought Ray my husband to several locations that are easy to find, so we will take our niece to these easy ones first, to kind of break us back into the hunt and for instant gratification. You know, kids need instant gratification to keep their interest. I like it, too!

If so, please feel free to share some of your caching experiences or GPS locations.
Please reply!