Welcome + Win a Book!

Dear Friends, Family, and Readers of all Types (no pun intended),

Welcome to my blog of random thoughts.  I write novels about people trying to find their life-partner, their soul-mate; the person they are meant to be with for life.  I look forward to us sharing our thoughts about writing, reading, life imitating art, and all things literary.  I plan to blog about once a week.

I will be giving away one autographed set of my “Meant to Be” series (“Meant to Be” and “The Couples”) on February 7; just in time for Valentine’s Day.  To enter, subscribe to my blog, “Like” my Village Drummer Fiction Facebook page, and/or follow me on Twitter.  You will receive one entry per action.  Good luck!

My first blog was inspired by the snow and ice storm Western Washington State experienced last week.  I hope you enjoy “What We Did When the Power Went Out” and my future posts.

Richard, author

Happy ramblings.

Richard Alan

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What We Did When the Power Went Out

If you were housebound with no power, how would you spend your time?  We live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest; specifically the Seattle area.  As many of you probably have heard, it snowed this past week.  In typical PNW fashion, after it snowed, it rained, and then it froze, and then it snowed some more, and then it rained, and then it froze, and so on…

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Pine Tree, Top Half Broken Off

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Another Formerly Tall Pine

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Dwarf Weeping Cherry Tree Encased in Ice

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Closeup - Ice is 1/2" Thick

My wife and I have been spending so much time everyday working on my novels.  While I’m writing the next book, she is editing, arranging for publishing of my third book and marketing all of them.  Reading has always been a joy for each of us.  Our house is like a library, with shelves of books in almost every room.  Neither of us has read all of them (yet), but every book has been read or is on a shelf for “to be read” books.  We decided to take advantage of the downtime and pass the time doing our favorite activity (well, maybe second favorite).  We strapped on forehead flashlights and read.  We each read two books in the two days.  It felt so good to be able to hold a book someone else wrote and savor the journey it took me on.

Carolynn Reading by Flashlight

The power came back on Saturday afternoon and we went right back to work.  I hope we manage to allow ourselves some reading time without having to wait for another blackout!

Happy reading,

Richard Alan