April, 23, 2017
Patty L. Fletcher
Happy Awesome Sunday! To You All! This, as you know, is GOOD NEWS SUNDAY! My GOOD NEWS is a Treat. At
least I hope it’s a Treat. Lots of you have been hounding me about the Release of my Second Book, The Raw Truth: Campbell’s Rambles Book Two. Well, I’ve been working on it. As you may remember, in Early Fall, I had a bit of a Technological Twist, and almost lost those all-important Book Files. Lucky for me, a good Friend ‘Retrieved’ them, and while looking them over, once I had them back, I knew a ReWrite was for Sure in Order. So, anyhow, it’s still a Work In Progress.
All that having been said, I’ve decided the Faithful Friends of the Campbell Kingdom located on campbellsworld.wordpress.com ought to have a peek at what I’m writing. So, here’s an Excerpt from the Second in the Campbell’s Rambles series.
Read, and Enjoy, and Please? Make sure to let me know in the comments what you think.
Chapter 1 Solstice and the Slow Awakening
“I know that I’m alive, because I can look behind me, and see the wreckage of my life”
Tuesday December, 2014
The city woke around me, as I sat having my first hot strong, and life giving cup of coffee. as usual I heard the comforting sounds of it coming to life. For me, it was like listening to a large loving family coming slowly awake after a long deep peaceful slumber.
If you listened very carefully early in the morning you’d always hear the distant sounds of the busy factory not far away. The echoing train whistle seemed ever present always announcing the coming and going of trains. Although they were only freight I would when the weather was warm sit on the porch swing with my early morning coffee and smoke and imagine where the trains were going and sometimes I wished I were on them. Riding along just going where ever the rails took me, without so much as a care, or look back.
Just me and my ever-faithful dog and a knapsack on my back going off to see the world.
Every morning it was the same. a never ending steady stream of
Cars, trucks, and busses going to and FRO. taking people to work, school, or anywhere else they might need or want to go.
It was to me at times as powerful as the pull of the moon on the forest on a quiet full moon summer’s eve must feel to a warrior just before battle.
Feeling the pull of a street or having a building’s presents touch me in some way to assist me through my day is no different to me than someone using the stars to chart their way in a deep forest or on the open sea. Just as the moon and stars give off and leave behind energy so do each one of us, leave our energy imprint behind on streets and in buildings. after all both streets, and buildings are made up of at least some of the four elements so it is only natural that they would give off a presence as well.
I had to smile at the thought of my new found Spiritual Awareness. I felt more complete than ever since my allowing my true self to shine through.
As I gathered my thoughts, I began to plan the day ahead. It was my only day off for the entire week. I’d scheduled a Door to Door KATS van to take us to the City Public Library. I wanted to donate one of my books to them. I also wanted to get a valid Library card so that I could make use of their audio book section. Things were looking up just a bit. My book had published in mid-summer. I was doing OK for a first-time Self-Published author, who didn’t know what the hell she was doing. Work was stressful, but I was hopeful we’d pick up some new volunteers as the New Year came in. Things would be OK, I just had to keep believing. I just had to have faith.
I continued to try and relax. I wanted to meditate and really concentrate on the power of prosperity and positivity for the day, but as those thoughts ran around in my head, the clothes dryer beeped and a horn blared outside.
The spell in which I’d been caught up in for the moment was suddenly broken.
I stood and stretched. Trying to decide how to dress. It was pouring rain out. I was frustrated by this “Rain again!” I said scornfully. In the end, I laughed. “Seems to me, King Campbell and I have been facing every new challenge and fear in the rain from day one. Why did I think today would be any different?” As the words, I spoke drifted away the chimes on the porch rang a beautiful rainy wind-filled song as if in agreement.
I walked past the ruggedly beautiful black lab, who had captured my heart nearly four years before, curled up snoring on the couch, and gave him a gentle pat as I passed. Celine Kitty who had been with me almost 16 years lay just a few feet away on the coffee table, and she purred lovingly up at me when I petted her while walking by. Then, just as I turned the corner to go down the hall to the dryer Kitty Bob was found as my hand brushed passed, to be lying on the arm of the loveseat waiting patiently for a pet.
He raised his big head and gave a tiny squeak, which tickled me, so I rewarded him with a good scratching behind the ears, and under the chin.
He was so very big and handsome it seemed to me something that large should roar not squeak. We enjoyed a moment together as he stood, arched his back, and butted his head against my face as I leaned down for Kitty Kisses. It had taken some time for Kitty Bob to find it within himself to trust me. He’d had it rough shortly after Donnie had gone. He developed a hematoma in his ear, and I had to have it surgically drained, and stitched. I’d decided after realizing what would be involved to have him neutered at the same time. I was in the process of moving from up, to downstairs, and left him in boarding until after it was complete. It wasn’t until a few weeks later during a particularly bad spring storm that he learned I was someone he could count on. He’d gone outside to terrorize the squirrels. A short time later it began to thunder, and before he could get all the way back to the house it struck! He was under the big Tree in the front yard, I’ve named Grandmother Tree, Yowling for all he was worth. I splashed out and grabbed him up, and together we made a mad dash back to the house, with him clinging to me with everything he had. Once the horror of it had passed for him, we were fast friends.
I was lucky to say the least. We were coming in to the second winter without Donnie once again very much on our own.
The last winter had been difficult. It was the first year without Donnie. For good or ill, he’d been a constant presence in my life for just over ten years. Like it or not I’d missed him. It is true. “Sometimes the Devil you Know, is Better than the Devil you Don’t.” I want to qualify that and say, “Better” should be replaced with Easier. I had no idea how used to things with him I’d become. He took care of and allowed me, just enough of Everything to cause me to become complacent. I was functional, and I’d done it his way for so long, I simply did not realize how much of my life he controlled, until that is, I had to do it on my own without him.
Writing of these things now is not nearly as hard as admitting them to myself was. I felt shame like Nothing I Ever Knew could Exist. It had been a while since I could hold my head up while speaking them out loud.
Campbell, Celine Kitty, Kitty Bob, and I had become the Campbell Kingdom, and, Happy Were We! *
Well, Campbell’s Rambles Readers, there you have it. A taste of things yet to come. I Invite, and Encourage you to share this far and wide. Oh! And, your Feedback would be Much Appreciated!!!
Now, before I go, let me share just one more piece of Really Exciting GOOD NEWS!!!
Date of Release to be announced!!!
Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery at The Seeing Eye Written by Patty L. Fletcher Told by, King Campbell Lee – The Seeing Eye Dog AKA Bubba
Spring and Summer 2017
In this magical and love filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her so she can fulfill her destiny?
Yes, folks! You read right. Soon Claire Plaisted of Plaisted Publishing House http://plaistedpublishinghouse.com/ and I will be releasing this most magnificent Tail)Tale, and we cannot wait! Make sure to follow us at https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ . for all upcoming details…
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About Patty L. Fletcher
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