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My office! I love it. I can find portals to other worlds while in it.
But you may be thinking: what is this weird setup?
I connect my laptop to an HDMI cable, and the television is my monitor. The laptop sits on the table beside my recliner. I’ve cut off the table legs so the far end is a good six inches shorter than the end where the laptop sits. That makes it easy to reach the laptop trackpad. The silver pad on the arm of the recliner is also a trackpad. Each one is suited for specific tasks. The ergonomic keyboard is on an AirDesk®, and once I’m in the recliner, I can swing the keyboard in front of me. Then I type away.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 —Day in the Life —
I wake at five thirty and stumble into the kitchen to pour a cup of coffee. Since I’m an empty nester, I no longer set an alarm to wake me. I get up whatever time I wake.
With coffee in hand, I move to my recliner in the living room and chat with my husband until it’s six and time for him to go. Since we both work, we tend to our own breakfasts and lunches, and we take turns making or bringing in dinner.
After he leaves for work, I read about the origins of different parts of the Bible and the cultures at the times of the writings.
Soon it’s going on seven. I fix my breakfast and watch my twenty minutes of GMA while I eat.
After my shower, I move to my office and start writing on a manuscript due mid-September.
At eight thirty, my daughter-in-law, Shweta, calls, and we talk until she arrives at work a bit before nine.
I return to writing until I hear from my youngest, and we talk about thirty minutes. He’s twenty-three and lives in New York.
When we end the chat, I check email. I’ve received an email concerning a book I’ve coauthored with my daughter-in-law Erin. Writing and researching The Gift of Christmas Past with her was a huge and unexpected blessing. I text her, and we decide we need to be in the same room viewing documents simultaneously while talking with Ken Raney, our cover and interior designer.
It’s lunchtime, so I eat. Erin arrives, bringing two of her three children. We call Ken and have our meeting while the kids make noise in the background. Ken is very knowledgeable, so it doesn’t take long to get everything squared away. Since the kids are being good, Erin offers to give me a hand getting a ton of giveaways out the door. We work for a few hours before she heads home, and I set the packages in a corner, promising to get them to UPS first thing tomorrow.
I return to writing. My oldest son calls on his way home from work. When we hang up, I check email. I’ve heard from Global Servants, House of Grace, Thailand who is bringing a group of fifteen girls to the US in a few weeks, and as long-time sponsors, my husband and I will host two of the girls. They need answers to a list of questions as soon as possible, so I hop on it.
As I’m finishing filling out the form for House of Grace, my hubby arrives home, bringing veggie subs from Publix. We watch a show on Netflix and talk for a while. I return to my desk and continue writing. After I respond to a few more must-answer calls and emails, things start to quiet down. Around nine o’clock my middle son calls on his way home from work, and we talk for a bit.
My hubby comes into the office to bid me good night.
Not long after, silence reigns. I feel myself pulled into that portal that transports me to another world, and I know I’ll write until the wee hours of the morning.
But once I go to bed, I can sleep until my body wakes me.
More about Gathering the Threads
After three months of draus in da Welt, Ariana has returned to Summer Grove, the Old Order Amish community where she was raised for twenty years, and life with her Brenneman family.
Skylar Nash, the Englisch-raised young woman is working in Ariana’s café while getting to know her birth family and their Plain way of life.
Skylar’s time in Summer Grove has changed her outlook, just as Ariana has grown to see her personal faith in God in a different light than the manner she was taught while growing up.
Both women will have to make decisions about their paths— and Ariana must decide what role her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, will play in her life.
Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.
Cindy Woodsmall is an award-winning New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written twenty works of fiction. She’s best known for her Amish fiction, and her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets, including being featured on ABC Nightline. The Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction. Romantic Times recently gave Cindy a Career Achievement Award, as well as giving 4 to 4 ½ stars and “top pick” for books in her latest series, Amish of Summer Grove. The books in the series are: Ties That Bind, Fraying at the Edge and soon-be-released Gathering the Threads. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.