Where Am I This Time?

Thank God for our pets. They express what we often don’t–or won’t. While I was trying to stay positive and upbeat during our recent unpacking in our new home in Moscow, one of the kids snapped this photo our dog, Shadow. Shadow is a 10-yr-old black lab mix that we rescued in Memphis, TN when she was 7 weeks old. She’s lived in TN, Whidbey Island, WA, Italy, Belgium, Annapolis, MD and now Moscow!

Where's My Bed?
Where’s My Bed?
Shadow has had a longer adjustment this move. She rings a sleigh bell to go outside, and this usually takes just a few days to establish in the new home. This time it took her a month. Most likely it took this long because this is the first time we’ve lived in an apartment setting and can’t just open the back door to let her go in the yard. Or maybe she was p.o.’d at us for the 10 hour flight over–not as easy as the trip over the pond to Italy when she was only 4 yrs old.

I love this photo as it captures my sentiments on many writing days. While I usually know my characters, I don’t always know exactly where they’re going or what they’re up to in the current scene. I have to dig deep through the piles of emotions and back story and come up with what the heck they’re doing.

Not unlike unpacking–unwrapping sheet after sheet of finger-drying and -numbing paper, only to discover it contains the top of a sugar bowl I no longer have. It shattered in the last move.

But then I unpack a box and find the most beautiful skein of yarn that I forgot about after I bought it three years ago–a treasure.

I hope you find your treasure today.

4 Comments on “Where Am I This Time?

  1. Oh She-Shadow!!! I can’t believe how gray her face is! Of course, our Golden HE-Shadow is nearly 14 1/2 and white all over!!!

  2. We are being stationed in Moscow this summer and I would like to ask a couple of questions. When you have time could you e-mail me? I know the Morse and Mackson families from SHAPE. They told me about you!

    Thank you,

  3. Hi Geri,

    You’ve been on my mind so thought I’d drop by and see how life i Moscow is treating you. Congrats on the next book coming out in 2010. So proud of you! I have What Family Means and promise to read it soon and get you a review. Just read the MWSA on your site loved seeing your photo with fellow members.

    I was hoping to see you at the MWSA conference in Orlando in Oct. but realize how far away from home you are. I left before the auction but I noticed where you were offering to look over first 50 pages of a MS. I know you’ll help out some lucky writer!

    I’m still promoting The Final Salute but after the MWSA conference, I have settled back down and am slowing working again on the novel Johnnie Come Lately. It’s a mid-life coming of age about a woman named Johnnie Kitchen. Slow going but I know I have to put in the time or it will just be a pipe dream.

    Better get back to work. Just wanted to say hi and thank you again for reaching out to me and giving me hope!
    Hugs to you and yours,

    Kathy Rodgers

    Silver Medal Winner (MWSA) The Final Salute: Together We Live On

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