December 7, 2018

Rocky looking out over our lake just after he adopted us.

I started this post the other day.

I had trouble concentrating because our beloved family dog was ill.      Rocky was diagnosed just after Thanksgiving with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).  This disease is clinically similar to non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in people, I was told.

I’m writing this now with tears in my eyes because Rocky passed away quietly in his sleep early this morning.  

Rocky was waiting for me at the door last evening but he did not stand up right away. He wagged his tail and lifted his head to tell me hello.  When he finally did rise, he let me know he needed to go outside.  We did so very carefully because he had trouble walking. We came back inside where he settled into a favorite spot until he needed to go out again.  I sat on pillows next to him on the floor as we watched the evening news.  Rocky liked to watch TV.

My husband and I took turns going out with Rocky last night and we both knew Rocky would not be with us much longer.

We went to bed with Rocky on the floor at the foot of our bed.  He had been sleeping there for the past couple weeks, instead of the living room couch. I had gotten used to waking up during the night to listen to his breathing which had been labored up to that point. At a little past 2am, I awakened to silence.  As I rose from the bed to check on him I knew he was gone.  I rubbed his back and covered him with a blanket. 

I waited for the alarm to go off to tell my husband about Rocky. I spent the hours between 2 and 5 talking to Rocky and thinking about all the things he would be doing now in heaven. I thought, by that time all our other family pets that passed up to heaven must have greeted him. 

I spent the rest of today thinking about how much we all loved Rocky and how much he loved us. We will miss him and we do already.  

Rocky,

Merry Christmas and may you always have peace and a view from your window.

Love,

Mom, Dad, and Brian

 

Taking in the view from Rocky’s window
Rocky on a visit to West Cornwall, Connecticut
Rocky with Bob, his dad
Rocky on a walk with Brian, his brother.
Rocky and me, his mom.

Catching up.

I’ve spent most of yesterday catching up on emails, cleaning up my office writing area and actually working on a manuscript.  I’m working on a piece that is a little different from the picture books I generally write.  This one is historical and biographical.  Writing about a person’s life is harder than I thought when I began.  But once I’m into something, it’s hard for me to drop it.  And why would I drop this one?  This character has become my friend.  I refer to him as my 300-year-old friend.  I have questions for him that I ask out loud as if he is going to answer me…Sometimes he does. Continue reading

Mixed bag of thoughts

This weekend I was blessed to be included in the reunion of my brother with his biological brother.  That’s right, my brother met his brother.

I should have mentioned that my siblings and I are all adopted from different biological families.  DNA testing kits made it possible for this event to happen.  One of my sisters located her mother a few years ago.  I’ve located very general information of my own biological beginnings so I’m still digging.  This reunion this past Saturday affirms for  me that it can be very satisfying to meet the long-lost relative or family.

This was a very special day!

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Thompson / Jones Reunion July 28, 2018

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My picture book, David’s Flamingos was released on May 1, 2018.  I’ll be working with my publisher to host a Facebook Live event in September.  I’m also working on presentations for school visits. Hopefully this will be a busy few months as we speed towards the end of the year.

I’ll keep you posted.

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Happy Book Birthday!

It’s finally here.  May 1st, 2018.

Cover David's FlamingosThe official release date for my picture book,    David’s Flamingos.  It’s been a journey and I’d do it all again (and again).  Multiple revisions, multiple submissions and plenty of hope, prayers, and love, now finally I’m published.

Thanks to my critique groups, publisher (Spork) and the wonderful illustrator, Jeanne Conway.  You are my village.

I am very much behind on any marketing that I should be doing but thanks to a very loyal group of colleagues, the day was spent with many verbal reminders and other conversation about the book.  All of that has fed my ambition to get something together SOON to get the sales rolling.

I’ll be at the Highlights Foundation for the North East Pennsylvania Pocono Retreat this weekend.  I’ll be participating in workshops throughout the weekend but there will be time set aside for book sales.   I can’t ask for a friendlier forum for my first direct sales.  Wish me luck!

David’s Flamingos is a heartwarming multi-generational story that speaks to the connection and love between grandparents and grandchildren.  Jeanne Conway’s illustrations are soft and endearing.  She brings the text of Pam Jones-Nill to life from the very first page.

David’s Flamingos –  Available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com

 

Upcoming Book Birthday-May 1, 2018!

I can hardly believe that I’m lucky enough to be here on the fringe of a book launch.

My book launch. 

I received my proof copy and cried when I saw my name as author on an actual press printed bound hardcopy book.  I first wrote this story three years ago and with the support of my wonderful critique group, multiple revisions and persistence, my manuscript was purchased by Clear Fork Publishing for their Spork imprint.

Special thanks to Jeanne Conway whose illustrations have brought my characters and story to life.

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Pre-order here   

Use the link above to pre-order on Amazon.

Next up – working on Launch Party activities and lining up school visits and other fun things, stay tuned.

I’ve got so much work to do.  I’m so excited!!
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