Sunday, December 7, 2008

In the Moment

Perhaps you've noted my new theme. I love Arizona. I will always love Arizona. Some of my very favorite people live there (and not all of them are fictional). I thought, though, since I am 33,000 words into my new book that I needed to display some of my inspiration (live in the moment).

The beautiful tree (adorning the top of my blog), General Sherman, resides in the gorgeous Sequoia National Park, which is the setting for my new book. This tree is the largest in the world, standing at about 275 feet tall. The base of It's trunk has an impressive circumference of 109 feet. It is truly an amazing sight.

Whereas Arizona is a love I discovered after starting my series, this park is something I have always loved. You see, I grew up (and still live) sandwiched between two wonders of nature--Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings. Both parks are about an hour from my house. It's hard not to be inspired when visiting these gorgeous landmarks.

12 comments:

  1. And I know who lives there:) I feel so special! I didn't realize it was a real place, that makes it extra cool to me.

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  2. Yes, it is extra cool. And you should feel super special that you know who lives there, only a few people do. :) One day when you come visit me I'll take you there. Your kids would love it. :)

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  3. Many people refer to the mountain and wooded areas in New England as God's Country. I'd say where you're living qualifies too! Beautiful ...

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  4. I love the new blog. I too love AZ, but we all need a little change at times for the sake of inspiration.

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  5. Joanne, I would have to agree. If you've never been to Yosemite, I would suggest adding it to the list of must-sees. It's gorgeous. And if any of my blog friends want a personal tour, I'm always up for a trip to Yosemite (although if you have a weak stomach beware, the road is pretty windy).

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  6. Candi ... I'm dying without you ... please ... save me. How have we gone three days without talking? My friend radar is flashing red. My own brother called me a recluse yesterday. Humph! (that's my pout of indignation) It's not my fault writing leads to reclusive tendencies. It's not my fault that speaking to characters gives just as much fulfillment as speaking to real people. Is it my fault? Maybe I should get out more. :)

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  7. I love the green in your blog and I love that picture! I somehow thought you lived down in the Phoenix area for some reason. We have driven from there to the Grand Canyon and saw trees I think like that up north. Are you above Sedona? I own a timeshare there!

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  8. Terri, that would be a good assumption since I am obsessed with Arizona. (it's the setting for my book series) But, no, I live in Central California.

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  9. I know what you mean and here is a parallel. I love Hawaii and will always love Hawaii. I have been there 2 times-both on vacation. Sound familiar? Some of my favorite people live in Hawaii, (Bill Bixby, Charo, and Robert Kiyosaki). However, if I actually had to work and live there, I would probably eventually find it to be a sweaty, plant congested Hell. (Or vacuous, super heated nuclear blasted, cactus Hell as the case may be) So you see, that is why you must never leave your family again to go to Arizona. It will only lead to misery and regret.

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  10. Honey, nobody ever said anything about moving to Arizona (yet ... wait ... have I hinted at that?). And as far as moving to Hawaii, you know you would in one second flat if it was at all possible. :) The fact that I haven't heard you ever mention your "favorite" people before this moment also leads me to believe they might not really be your favorite people at all. And you can't rank on Arizona before you receive a guided tour from yours truly. Remember the next time I go you're going with me. Doesn't that make you so happy? :)

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  11. Oh, I LOVE General Sherman! Sadly, I have not seen him in real life, but fell in love watching his little piece on Planet Earth. It was my favorite part and I would watch it over and over. I've always had a thing for trees, climbing mostly, so when I would watch it I would cry. I'm a sap, but he is truly special. ;)

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