Chapter 11 Finished

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“Oh, hush, you!” censored Mrs. Salvatore with a gleam in her eyes. “You embarrass her.  Let her alone with private things.” All the women laughed. Annie, felt her cheeks warming, and lightly bit the corner of her lower lip, feeling quite like a young chick in a room full of seasoned hens.  It was the first time in a long time she felt like a child again. Her mother cupped her hands around Annie’s face and kissed her forehead with such determination that it made a smacking noise.  Annie was happy.

Excerpt from Chapter 11
The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God

Good day, friends,

I’d first like to welcome my new follower to Leisure Lane.  I hope they enjoy their time spent here.

Well, I’ve finished Chapter 11, and I’m now working on the next chapter.  I’ve decided to post excerpts as I do the chapters to help motivate me into working steadfastly in completing the book.  And it gives you something to look forward to.  It’s such a joy to work on, and I would love to spend every day, most of the day on it, but I go back to work tomorrow.  Hopefully, I’ll get some writing in before work.

Thank you for visiting today.  May your hearts be filled with joy and creative ventures, whatever they may be, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

An Afternoon of Writing

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Regardless of how much she filled up the hours of the day, there was a void in her life which no activity could fill. A longing so intense within her, that she prayed every day and every night for it to be satisfied

An except from Chapter 10
The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God

Thank you for joining me today on Leisure Lane, friends.  I’m very excited because this afternoon I finished chapter 10!  Tomorrow I hope to begin the next chapter.

I hope your day was creatively happy.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Apologies to My Readers

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Well, once again, it seems I will have to disappoint you with yet another broken promise.  I will not be able to bring you The Christmas Pin Society novella in paperback.  It was a dream of mine to see it in a real paperback form, but that will not happen by this November, and I cannot see it happening in the near future.

Over the years many fun and interesting projects I wanted so much to bring to you never came to fruition – some of the Knittington Fairy cards, the delightful Christmas story The Empty Little Stocking, and the Penelope Pumpershcnook children’s books,  just to name a few.  And now The Christmas Pin Society in paperback form.  Either an extreme lack of funds or exhaustion from the job, or both, has kept me from fulfilling my promises and bringing my dreams to fruition; not to mention my very minimal computer skills.

I know it seems that you cannot take me at my word, and I am very sorry for that.  In all honesty, I wish I could accomplish all I intend, but at this time, it’s not possible for me.  The hardest part is not having an answer for my dilemmas.  Money may not make you happy, but, as Proverbs 10:5 says, “[It] answers all things.”

So, that being said, I have decided to be satisfied with The Christmas Pin Society as an ebook only, on Amazon Kindle, and to concentrate on finishing The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God so that I can get that also available on Kindle, and pray that at least those efforts succeed.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.  I ask for your prayers that I can maintain a faithful interior and not give up.  Even now, I must end to get ready for the job…I believe the season for this job is over, but I don’t know the next step.  So faith it must be.

God bless you all, and until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note: The above image is from the oil painting, Patience, by Marianne Coyne©.  All rights reserved.

Tag a Neighbor’s Day with Love

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Hello friends and welcome to Leisure Lane!

Today I’d like to share a tag I made for my dear neighbor and friend.  She loves to can, and when I found this great vintage label, I couldn’t resist using it to tell her how much I appreciate her.  It was perfect because I got to fill in my own sentiment, and the image reminds me of her, and what she might have looked like during Victorian times.  She’s not the frilly sort, so I kept it simple.  She LOVED it!

I used a good sturdy watercolor paper for the card base, then covered it with the red gingham scrap paper lightly glued to the surface – a perfect canning theme print.  Curled up the edges of the insert image with some lightly wet fingers and added some simple decorated touches to top it off…and voila!

If you have a neighbor or friend, whose day you’d like to brighten with gratitude for them, make a nice tag.  You can make them any size, and they can hang them anywhere.

I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Welcome and Thank You!

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I’ve been taking it easy to recover from a cold, but I still hope to be able to launch “The Christmas Pin Society” in paperback form on CreateSpace Amazon before or by November.  I’ll keep you posted.  In the meantime, thank you all for your patience.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne♥

Note:  The above altered image is from “The Garden Sprites” watercolor series, by Marianne Coyne©.  All rights reserved.

Tuesday’s Torch

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I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful day.  I appreciate you taking the time to stop by Leisure Lane for a visit.

As I said in my last post, I’ve recently joined a faith based social community.  I’ve been meeting some wonderful people there with lots of talent and some great insights to offer.  Today I’d like to introduce you to Tim Sader, author of the blog, TuesdaysTorch.

Every Tuesday, Tim will inspire you with an article filled with compassion, love, and simple grace.  And for those of you who may need just a quick inspiration to start your hurried day, he features Daily Spark…one liners that give you that extra boost you may require with your morning coffee.  I encourage you to stop by and check out TuesdaysTorch.

Thank you, my dear blogger friends, for all your encouragement, support, and love.  I hope here, at Leisure Lane, I give you back even a smidgeon of what you offer me…friendship and happy moments.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note: The above image is a detail from the oil painting, Symphony Bouquet, by Marianne Coyne ©

Da Daily Dose of Insight

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I don’t know about you, but I can always use a daily dose of insight and encouragement for all aspects of life.  So if you’d like to engage a few moments each day, or whenever the spirit moves you, pop over to DaDailyDose  a wordpress blog, authored by Vincent Ivory.  There you will find food for the soul on many levels.

Vincent is an author, poet, and screenplay writer, as well as author of his blog DaDailyDose.  That’s a lot of creativity going on.  I met Vincent through a faith based social community I recently joined.  We’re all excited there to see this journey unfold.

You’ll find DaDailyDose linked on my sidebar under Worth Visiting, so feel free to check it out.  His latest post is “Just Da Truth…About Strife and How to Deal with It.  Great tool to utilize at work, at home, or in any situation where strife tries to creep in.  Oh, I really love the part where Vincent explains the moment when Martha tries to place her ‘anger’ on Jesus (remember she is upset that her sister Mary isn’t helping her with the cooking and serving), but he doesn’t allow that in; instead , with some TLC, reveals to her that her anger is really about her deeper issues.  I’d never seen it in that light before.  I know you’ll enjoy reading it for yourself.

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane.  I hope you enjoyed your stroll today.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

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