Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Greetings--There is a scene in the movie "Independence Day" where actor Randy Quaid acting as a former jet fighter pilot, alien abductee, and current drunken crop duster takes an opportunity to fly a jet into the body of an alien space ship to save the U.S.A. I love it. In one fell swoop he faces death and screams to the aliens, "I'm baccccccck . . ."

I'm not facing death in an alien spaceship, but I am back from a writing hiatus that felt alien. For months my life has focused on the move to Oklahoma. Going back and forth to M.D. Anderson with cousin Ron. Looking at so many houses I just got frustrated. Finally, finding one and initiating the purchase process. Selling our house in Louisiana. Unpacking box after box after box. I think they multiplied like rabbits in the back of that truck. I'm still searching for some things.

I thought my writing would easily resume when I finally got the house together. It didn't.

But, I am proud to tell everyone that two things recently happened that caused my soul to soar and my mind to want to write again.

First, I visited a dear friend in nearby Wichita Falls. She has recently moved into a 1920's mansion. The architectural details, attention to detail, size, and grounds immediately had me grabbing paper and pen as I explored the large spaces. Over the years the house has been a personal home, an office, a restaurant, an event center, and a bar. Everywhere the eye is drawn there is imported marble. Walnut walls, ceilings, stained glass and staircases offer warm welcomes. The basement could easily have been the place of romance, murder, hauntings, and espionage. Hidden and trick spaces surprised me.

I have to write a book using this historic house as a setting. I HAVE to. But, first I have to finish "Rebecca's Journey," submit those stories waiting in folders, write up an interview, and look through the pages of one word or one sentence notes I've taken over the months.

The second thing that really, really inspired me was a gift in the mail. My dear friend, Mindy, from the Bayou Writer's Group (BWG) sent me a unique and embellished journal. Several friends of mine from BWG sent notes and words of encouragement in the journal. Amazing what a journal can do, isn't it?

I can't tell you how much I miss my BWG friends and the writing support they so freely give. I continue to look for a writer's group in this area. Think I found one in Wichita Falls and, maybe, one here in Durant. A web search turned up a group near Dallas, I may visit them occasionally.

Having a group to support and understand the mind and imaginings of a writer is important to our survival and success.

So, I am back and ready to post regularly. And, ready to write again.

Blessings to all.


...paul said...

Hey Winona,

Sounds as though things are settling down again after some pretty big upheaval. Hope you soon get back into your writing. You always manage to paint such colourful word pictures. Hope you find the group you want too; must have been quite a wrench to leave BWG.

Cheers for now,

Angie said...

What a nice idea, first for Mindy to make you a journal, and then for BWG friends to write notes in it. Wish I'd have been there to write one too.

Winona said...

Paul--Wrench isn't a big enough word, but it makes the point.


Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Welcome back Friend!

Keep us posted on your progress and writing and the new groups.

Love & Miss you!

Mindy Blanchard said...

Well, I for one am glad that you are baaaack my friend. I can't wait to see how rebecca's journey progresses and to see what happens with the inspirational house!!!

hugs and love


beverly said...

Hi Nona, good to hear from you. We miss you but wish you well with the new writers' groups. The house sounds like a setting for many books. Hope you make the writers' conference on Nov. 14.

Love, bev

Winona said...

For Paul--Are you my old friend from WVU?

...paul said...

Hey Winona,

I am the very same Paul. I came across your blog a while back. I have posted a couple of comments, but it was just as everything started to happen for you with Frank's job. So you may well have not seen them with all the upheaval. Hope you don't mind me appearing after all this time.

Cheers for now,

Connie said...

I would love to read one of your books!All that reading we did!I have a sc-fi brewing in me but I do not know where to start.