I’ve been focusing on getting several projects done this week. One involves roses, one involve rodeos and I’m also working with seven other writers on a military continuity that will be out next year. So I’ve been holed up in my office a lot, with chocolate and coffee to see me through. Meantime, outside my window the rain is falling as Tropical Storm Cindy comes calling along the Gulf coast. I do believe it’s been raining for most of the months of May and June. But we know rain brings more roses, so that’s a good thing. This storm promises to bring a lot of water, so we’re watching the flood warnings. We live about fives miles inland so I hope we’ll be okay. I bought more chocolate, just in case. Here are some photos we snapped of the coming storm:
But about roses, I’ve always heard you should have either children or roses because it’s hard to raise both. I used to grow miniature roses and I had a yellow rose (my favorite) by my window in one of our former homes. My husband takes pictures of roses and when we were dating, he stole one of my mother’s prize rose blooms right out of her garden and gave it to me. She was not amused. I love the names of the old roses. Damask, Dorothy Perkins, Crimson, Prairie Star. They all have a story behind them. Different colors of roses can represent different things: Orange roses mean enthusiasm, pink roses represent gratitude , admiration or sympathy. White is the standard for purity. Yellow roses, so like the sun, make things brighter and are good for friendship and cheering people. Purple is all about royalty and splendor. And of course, red roses are associated with romance and love.
As for rodeos, I’ve learned a lot about those lately, too. My novella Knight Moves (Rodeo Knights) just released in e-book and is available on most online outlets. I should have added research to this group of R-words since I’ve done a lot of that lately, too. But the rain brings roses and research brings new ideas and knowledge to my writer’s brain.
What projects have you been involved in lately? Did you learn something new while working on your project?