Since publishing my book in February, so much has happened! If you wonder why I’ve not been posting, here’s what’s been keeping me busy:
You know how sometimes in life you plan things and then God laughs because He knows He has something totally different (and always better) planned instead? Well, the plan I’ve had in mind for over a year now has finally come to fruition just as God planted it in my head. I was going to divorce my husband (we’d been separated for four years without contact, it was time), then publish my book, then move into my own apartment. And sure enough, that’s exactly what happened in that order!
And boy, what an apartment did God give me! New flooring throughout and new carpet in the bedrooms. Brand new toilet that no one but us has ever used. Everything works. My landlord is down-to-earth and worked hard to get me approved for this move. I am very blessed to be here.
The best part is when my children run up to me randomly with ear-to-ear grins and swoon, saying, “Mom, I’m so happy here.”
Trip to Springfield, Missouri
Considering we’re in a recession right now in America, I value this trip even more as it may be the last one for a while.
My best friend, Baker, and I decided to unite our birthdays and travel together just the two of us. We decided to go somewhere relatively close but totally brand new to us. So, Springfield it was!
I’ve heard of the Pythian Castle and couldn’t wait to see it! When we pulled up to it, it’s set back far from the road with a long driveway. Not a massive castle like you’d see in England or anything. We get in and take pictures and then the tour starts. Our tour guide was a confident and hilarious woman. Her humor was not at all forced, and she was so kind. I got to talk to her afterward when she sold me a souvenir dagger from the gift shop, and she was delightful.
The castle itself doesn’t have much of a past as you’d imagine based on fantasy tales and horror stories. But it was awesome to see an old theater with the circular cut out window and an actual stage where they performed shows. And the dungeon where they held prisoners of war was in great condition. The basement was actually my favorite part. That and the reading room on the upper floor. I bet standing on the roof looking out from those towers would have been cool, too!
Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium
This one-and-a-half-mile aquarium was the coolest water zoo I’ve ever toured! Tons of weird-looking fish, crocodiles, flamingos, a shark tank you could swim in, and of course, sting rays you could pet! The sting ray was both slimy and rough, it was a weird texture. One of the sting rays kept swimming up to Baker and slowing down in the pool circle so she could pet him.
The gift shop was definitely one of my favorite stops. I shopped for at least an hour choosing between all the adorable stuffed animals. I decided on a deer and wolf for my daughter and son. I can’t wait to bring them next time!
I am currently working on the sequel to Cursed by Cobrador. Here is a secret reveal behind the plot of the next book:
“But if thou so that which is evil, be afraid, for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”– Romans 13:4
Thank you all for still being here! I have some new book reviews coming up, as well as blog posts and bonus chapters that didn’t make it into Cursed by Cobrador, so keep your eye out for that. I appreciate your loyal support, y’all!
What have you been up to lately?