This summer has really been flying by. I had so many plans and dreams, and now August has already come. How did that happen?

I have been very blessed to be able to return to several writer’s conferences this year. In June, I returned to the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. I have been attending it since 2014 and it I missed not going last year. It is always a time of good instruction, encouragement, and meeting new and old friends. There is just a special feeling about the conference and the site at Ridgecrest.

Now, I am preparing to attend Killer Nashville for my second time. I will be going early for the preconference class on “Writing the Novel: From Idea to Reader’s Hands” by teacher and author John DeDakis. If the weekend will be anything like last time, it will be a whirlwind that will have my head spinning but have me back to writing my books.

Summer reading is so enjoyable, whether it is out in the sunroom watching the birds and flowers or in my regular recliner after a leisure walk through the neighborhood. The evenings are definitely shorter than in the winter, but the extra sun seems to help stay up a little later.

The Olympic Games, on the other hand, are no help. There have been so many story lines to get caught up in. The competition has been compelling. And the athletes have all had to go through so much just to get to Tokyo that their stories have been so inspiring.

I did just finish the 2021 Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel by Louise Penny. “All The Devils Are Here” is a wonderful story set in the historical city of Paris. Penny really makes the city come to life, from the top of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the Paris Archives.

This reads as good as any of the novels from the Golden Age. No wonder it was selected.

Well, until next time, hope you’re able to get some of the books off your reading stack.

Happy reading.