Wing’s in the Dark

“Wings in the Dark” is a 1935 fictional movie based on the life of Amelia Earhart. Mr. Murphy’s mystery with the main characters, Jake and Laura are on their honeymoon in Hawaii. They are pulled into a mystery in order to solve the murder of one of the flight backers and guards Earhart from an assassin.

The basic premise of the story is that, Laura’s friend Amelia Earhart is in Hawaii at the same time and is set to attempt her solo flight from Hawaii to California. I always find it interesting when authors combines real life events with fictional characters. In this book, Mr. Murphy does a decent job of intermixing the fictional and non-fictional events that are occurring in the 1930’s with relation to Hawaii. I didn’t know much about the Royalists in Hawaii, those who still bemoan the overthrow of their queen.  The presence of a lot of Japanese (who also want to spread their influence) was also of interest, as the specter of war was already looming back in their Hollywood tale. However, the romance of the two main characters is more of the forefront and that kind of holds back the story from being a page-turner. (I realize the main characters are on their honeymoon.).

The final outcome of the story and my recommendation is this; if you have read and enjoyed the two previous books about Jake and Laura, then go ahead with this one. If you are new to the series, it might be a good idea read the previous two books in the series. For me, I look forward to the next book in the series.

The book was sent to me by Netgalley for an honest review.  I have also posted a review in Barnes & Noble and Amazon under shells journey.

A Different Season in Time

I would like this to be a summer and I would like to be doing different things this summer than what I have been doing.

This summer I have been looking for work, mending my hurting my heart and forgiving myself and others for the previous school year 2014-15.

Let’s begin:
Job 2:9-10
His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?
This statement came to my heart, because my trouble was partly my fault.  At the time my supervisor told me “Don’t you accept your responsibility in this trouble? ”  I was furious at him and God.  Looking back, I do accept my responsibility in the trouble.

Moving on . . . . . 

My Bible studies and Book Studies include:
       – Unshakeable
       – AWAKENED Change your mindset to transform you teaching
       – The Mended Heart: God’s Healing For Your Broken Places


The Mended Heart Bible Study is helping to mend my broken heart so I can teach this year. 

The Mended Heart:I don’t want my mended heart to look like this, I want it to be completely healed.  I want a new story that I tell next year and illustrate as I teach at a new school next year.  I will announce my new teaching job at a later date.

The other two books, Unshakeable and AWAKENED Change your mindset to transform you teaching, are to remind me how to do it. 

And . . . . . 

later this month I will be presenting a webinar on Grants on   . . . .

Please watch and give me favorable review if I deserve.  I promise to present lots of good information.

In addition to ………………a new website

The website will be called: 

Revisiting a Character

Today’s assignment:

Pick one character, and one image connected with that character. Either as you rewrite an existing scene, or as you draft a new one, bring that image with you. Use it when you describe your character or when it’s time for a metaphor to reveal your character’s emotion, and hey—if all else fails, throw that object into the scene with them and see what happens.

I’d love to hear what you come up with if you’re feeling brave enough to share in the comments. Good luck!

Teachers Write 7.8.15 – Q and A Wednesday & guest author Melanie Crowder

This is the link to todays Q & A, plus todays writing prompt.

I looked through my previous stories, in fact I went through my whole office and cleaned everything up which means, I don’t have a stack of books, papers and other stuff on my desk and just have my laptop.  The only thing are my tech supplies and storyboard.

The storyboard included my story about a series I am doing on backyard zoo and I didn’t get into enough to complete todays writers prompt, hopefully tomorrow.


My desk no longer looks like this, but I still have as much work!!


I have decided to make my wordpress site blog into a website; so officially in August “All My Colors” website will be up and running.  I decided on this title because I have so many interests that I want to include and I have another blog to include within the website.  The website will have pages so you can look around and see what I am doing.

Tuesday: Teacher’s Writer Quick Write


We adopted a dog named Killian from the Siberian Rescue Organization.

My quick write is a description of him:

He has the personality of cat, in which he is sly and and always watching to see what is going on around him.  When he goes on a walk he looks and pounces on whatever catches his eye.

His physical appearance consists of a stout nose with black twerps.  He has pale, pale blue eyes that look as if he has contact posted inside them and he is always watching.  He has long body and stout legs. His fur consists of shade from white to black with varying degrees of gray in between.  His dog hangs out when he is looking for food.

The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers

This book is by Shelly Sanchez Terrell

She is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, and online instructor. She is the co founder of the award winning #edchat  movement.  Her website  is on the top, but I will also put it here as well:  Basically she is what I want to be when I grow up.

I first “met” Shelly Sanchez Terrell when I listed to her webinars on  I will be conducting webinar this month.  (Later on details and shameless self promotion).  Her webinars are wonderful and instructional.  Later this month an conference “The 30 Goals Free E-Conference, July 16th-20th”  will be based on her book.

The schedule looks great and I am sure that you all will learn a lot.  The conference will be wonderful and it will be over ChatWing.  This can be installed on your smartphone or google device.  I am not sure about the iPhone, though.  Check on the intro and the schedule on this link: http://www.30goals/conference.html

Monday Morning Warm UP

Monday Morning Warm UP!!

What the heck is this about?  I am participating in Teachers Write this summer and I am looking forward to improving all aspects of my writing.  The best thing about today is that I literally cleaned out my closet.  I can fit in my skinny jeans that I really like, plus my closets, drawers and amoire look a whole lot better.

As I cleaned out my closet I thought about what I would like to write about this summer.  Well the thought that came to me concern cozy mysteries, how do they find the time?  I can barely find the time to write, look for a job and take care of the house and dog and chicken.  I mean seriously, all of this is full time, but I guess if you have been designated a person of interest than I guess you do what you can to clear yourself.

The next thought I had was that I would really like to finish my two series and get some paid work as a writer.  So hear goes;

My Monday morning warm up to my series: (  link to Monday Morning Warm up)

Back yard Zoo, Grandma, full time job, place to live; all of these animals; research; place; time; writing; writing; laundry; Tamara; 10 years old; nonfiction, history; time in place; history plans; wrapping it all up; time for outline; deep breath;

Okay now to put it all in an outline!!

Have a great day!

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