Snow White and the Seven Old Fogies

Mary stared open-mouthed into the hole in the wall. Instead of the dining room, which should have been on the other side of the wall, there was a windowless room not much bigger than a walk-in-closet. 

“A secret room,” she breathed. “It’s like something out of Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys.”

That brief excerpt from Daughter Am I has nothing to do with my blog today. It’s a clue for a Halloween contest at the Second Wind Blog starting on October 26. I hope you will play. It should be an interesting game.

What I really wanted to talk about today is time. Or rather the lack of it.

In August, when Second Wind Publishing celebrated its first birthday, Mike Simpson wrote an article called: Ten Lessons I Learned (The Hard Way): A Publisher’s Reflections on the First Year. Number five on the list was: “Everything takes longer than you think.”  He was referring to publishing, but that line has stuck with me the past two months because everything takes longer than you think. Or at least, in my case, it takes longer than I think it should. I had hoped to be further along in my preparations for the Daughter Am I blog tour, but  . . . yep, everything takes longer than the time I’ve allotted. I worked on an interview last night, which should have been easy. Ten questions about my books. That was it. Yet it took me three hours. (I’ll let you know when it’s posted. Try to stop me!)

Today’s guest post took almost that long, which completely mystified me. It’s simply a brief description of my characters — my seven old fogies. I didn’t go into depth about their character flaws, the dreams that drive them, the failures that created them. Nope — just a simple description. I’ve been spending most of my words talking about my hero Mary Stuart, lumping her traveling companions into a group: crew of feisty octogenarians — former gangsters and friends of her grandfather. They deserve better than that. So please click here to visit The Book Faery Reviews and meet Snow White and the Seven Old Fogies.

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9 Responses to “Snow White and the Seven Old Fogies”

  1. L. V. Gaudet Says:

    If there is one truth about time that I have learned, it is this … “time is relative.”

    To the very young time is forever.
    To the very old time is limited.
    To the young at heart time is limitless.
    To the bride there is not enough time.
    To someone with a deadline time is running out.
    To the writer time wraps around you in ways we cannot fathom.

  2. joylene Says:

    I’ve recently begun to live in the presence, and I’m here to say it’s changing my life. For too long I dreaded time frames, like the 7 months our son was on tour in Afghanistan. Then came the shock of him returning home, which proved to me that time really does fly. Except, I have no memory of my life while he was gone, unless I work hard to remember.

    My point is, now that I live in the moment, I’m not wasting valuable time worrying about the past or being concerned about the future. I’m allowing myself to just be. And I’m more focused when I write too.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Joylene, oddly, I had planned to address this idea of the internet being an eternal presence for when I was a guest on your blog, but somehow, that’s not the article that got written! I’ll see you at Cluculz Lake on Friday, virtually speaking.

  3. Sia McKye Says:


    Sometimes it does take more time than a person would think to write a “short” article, lol!

  4. Anne Lyken-Garner Says:

    I know what you mean. I’m trying to write shorter posts these days for my blogs, and I’ve found that they take just as long (if not longer) to write than longer ones. I wish you all the best with your book tour.

  5. Sheila Deeth Says:

    Time? I’m heading over to meet you characters, and failing to do the many things I should be doing. I can’t imagine how anyone ever does NaNoWriMo, since October/November is when everyone starts coming home and time turns into a long-lost memory. Still, we make lots of fun memories while they’re here.

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