The red heirloom rose (roses introduced before the Civil War are called heirlooms), blooming on the porch. A true survivor, it stayed alive during the drought and is flourishing in this year's spring rains. Lots of rain this year, thanks to El Nino. Or no thanks, if you're living in one of the flood-prone areas or have to drive home over a low-water crossing. It's been a terrible year for flooding.
Also flourishing: the veggie garden. Green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, peas, green peppers--and the season is just getting started. (Stand back: the squash is blooming.)
Book report: The film project based on my historical/biographical novel, A Wilder Rose, has moved forward another step. The network has asked for a full story outline for a mini-series. We're almost a year into this interesting process--slow but steady forward progress.
Also steady progress on The General's Women, a World War 2 historical. I'm working on the final chapters now--when that's done, I'll go back to the beginning for another run-through. I'm expecting to publish this under my imprint, Persevero Press. This will be my third author-published book, and with every title, I gain a little more confidence in the process. It's more work, yes, and the technology is changing so quickly that there's something new to learn with every book. But author-publishing gives me more control over my work, both short- and (especially) long-term. Well worth the extra effort.
Reading note: Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you.--Zig Ziglar