Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A letter from a young reader.

A letter from a young reader.  I erased his name and address.

Every so often, I receive a letter from a young reader.  I usually do not give out my home address, but, sometimes, I do.  I do if I think this young person can be trusted, if they seem honest, if they ask me and then need it for some reason, like a homework assignment. 

And so a few days ago, I received this letter.  I have taken out the person’s name and address and the name of his sister.  He has read A DIAMOND IN THE DESERT.  He has analyzed the book and related to his own life.  He is only twelve years old, but he seems, to me, very much older by how he understands certain parts of his life.  For example, in the last paragraph, he says, After I think about the words, “I forgive you” and show care for others.  And then he says, “It is true, is it kind, is it necessary, would Jesus say or do it.”

And in the second paragraph, where he states when Tetsu had the choice of a baseball tournament or staying with his family because Kimi is sick, but Papa made the decision that Tetsu should play in the baseball tournament.  

I don’t think I thought that way when I was twelve. 

I don’t think I was that mature.

But this boy is. 

He is amazing. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Completed Manuscript, but waiting….

Hugh Robinson, Nana, and Frank Robinson, 1936
I have just completed my current work in progress, NAVAL AVIATOR 6463, but I am not going to send it to my agent, Jennifer Rofe, at the Andrea Brown Agency, until my critique group has gone through the entire manuscript.  They are extremely picky (about grammar, tense, etc., etc.) and I know it will help me if I wait until they have read the entire manuscript. 

I have learned that it is best to have several sets of eyes to look through a manuscript before sending it on. 

This is fine with me.  I am willing to wait. 

No problem!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Christmas!

In Amsterdam, summer 2014

This past summer, we took a trip to Paris and Amsterdam.  I always take a photo of Sam and Hugh before they go back to school, but in October, I realized I had forgotten to.  I went through my phone and found this photo of them standing on a bridge in Amsterdam.  I asked them both if I could use it and they said SURE!

Merry Christmas and have a lovely New Year!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sam's Service Assignment from the United States Naval Academy

Sam Fitzmaurice, home to do a little recruiting for the Naval Academy.

Sam and his roommates of four years, Ryan, Patrick and Tyler.

Last week, my oldest son, Sam, received his service assignment from the United States Naval Academy. He will be a Marine Pilot.  He will go to Quantico, Virginia, for training to be a Marine. When he is finished with that, he will then go on to Pensacola for two years so he can learn how to fly a plane. 

This is a twelve-year commitment because the military trains these pilots for three years, and then expects them to serve for another nine years.  It costs a lot of money to train the pilots.  I can see why they expect this kind of commitment. 

Sam will graduate from the Naval Academy on May 22, 2015.  The entire family is traveling to Maryland to see Sam stand on the open field and throw his hat in the air.  (My mother, Ann, her husband, John, my sister-in-law, Kathleen and her husband, Fred, my son, Hugh, my husband, Brian, my husband’s older brother, Tom, and his wife, Melinda, and my Uncle Hugo and his wife, Susie.)

Sam is on the far right, upper corner.

Before a tournament.

While attending school there, he has been the Captain of the Club Water Polo Team.   He has been the XO (second in charge) of Company 24.  He will graduate with a degree in Quantitative Economics.  (I don’t even know what that means…but he does.)  He is finishing his Capstone Project right now, a very long paper that explains things about the economy.  I don’t understand a thing in it because in college, I received my teaching credential, and after a few years of teaching, then went on to be a middle grade author. 

Sam says he has learned a lot, attending the Naval Academy.  He has made many life long friends.  And now, he is ready to start his new life, in May of 2015, as a Marine Pilot.