April 8, 2017

This has been an exciting and rewarding week for me. My novel, Fish Kicker, is not only an ebook, it’s also now published as a paperback. I’ve been writing a long time and there’s been plenty of ups and downs over the years. But I’ve loved every minute of this writing journey. So, to celebrate having a paperback copy of my novel, I bought this beautiful plant.

Easter CactisIt’s called a Spring Cactus, sometimes referred to as an Easter Cactus. This particular plant is named Hatiora Rosa. I have never seen such a beauty before and it had to come home with me.

Though my plant came from a flower shop, these types of plants are originally from the cloud forests in southeastern Brazil. At this point, though they are still found in the high reaches of the forests, they are becoming classified as ‘near threatened’ because of urban development.

The pot it’s in is one of my creations from another lifetime when I was not only a writer, but a potter as well. Most of my pottery by now has either been broken or given away. But this pot has survived and I rather like the uniqueness of this one. It was fun to make because unlike working on the potter’s wheel, this piece was constructed by beating the heck out of the clay with a stick and then pushing and manipulating the clay so that it looks distressed. It’s put aside to dry and then before it’s fired in a kiln, the outside is rubbed with iron oxide. When it comes out of the kiln it looks like this.

So, now I’m off to write the next novel. I have a strong beginning to a story, a squishy middle and an ending. And I have a title, Wild Mushrooms. All I have to do is shove some more stuff into the middle and then I’ll have another novel under my belt. But at the moment this seems like an awfully difficult task because it appears that I’ve forgotten how to write. Other authors have said this also, that it’s hard to get a new project up and working on the heels of a recent publication. I’ll do it. I know that I’ll get it written. Though what’s going through my mind at the moment is something like, “Now how do I that?” One word at a time, that’s how it gets done. One word at a time!




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  1. Susan G Sermoneta on April 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Congratulations on the publication of your paperback “Fish Kicker!” The Easter Cactus is beautiful – and seems to have brought on a spring day!

    • Pushing Time on April 8, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Susan, Thanks for the congrats!! Yes, I do believe spring is in the air, though it was a pretty misty day when I took that photo. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment!!

  2. Nalo on April 8, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Congratulations !!

    • Pushing Time on April 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks Nalo!! Great comment and totally to the point!! Always a pleasure hearing from you!

  3. thelma straw on April 8, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Congratulations,, Margaret. You will need a new chapeau perhaps!!!! T.J. Straw

    • Pushing Time on April 8, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Hi Thelma, Thanks Thelma for your delightful comment. Perhaps not a chapeau, but I’ve got my eye on a new ream of paper for the printer.

  4. Sharon on April 8, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Congratulations! I love your planter and cactus!

    • Pushing Time on April 9, 2017 at 7:03 am

      Hi Sharon, Thanks. So lovely to hear from you.

  5. Susan Bernhardt on April 8, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Congratulations, Margaret on your print novel, Fish Kicker!!!

    • Pushing Time on April 9, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Hello Susan, It’s always great to hear from you and thank you for the congrates!!

  6. Toddi on April 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    At first, I thought that your flower pot was a piece of wood that you had made into a planter. Way cool! Yes, a word at a time just as one stroke of a paintbrush at a time makes a master piece. You are off to a great start with a published paperback. Congratulations.

    • Pushing Time on April 9, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Toddi, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a delightful comment. Yes, it’s the process of sticking-to-it that gets the project completed. Take care, be well and I saw that the Columbia River was really a rocking and rolling the other day when you had that big wind!

  7. Michelle Schmitt on April 9, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    It’s great when all things come together and fit like a jigsaw puzzle, book being printed in paperback form, inspiring the purchase of a beautiful spring plant to be planted in a gorgeous hand thrown pot made years ago by the author. Some things are just meant to be.
    Congradulations on the book printing and much luck on the new one.

    • Pushing Time on April 9, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Hi Michelle, What a great surprise to read your comment this afternoon. Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful response. Yes, some things are meant to be. It’s great to be connected again with you after all these years. Be well.

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