Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.
This week we are visited Judythe Morgan, an author, an antiques dealer, a former public school teacher and one time Department of Army Civilian (DAC). When she’s not writing, you’ll find her reading, browsing antique shops or walking her dogs–a very large Old English sheepdog named Tobias Bear (aka Toby) and an equally tiny Maltese named Buster.
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
Every summer I am wonderstruck anew by the majesty and wonder of creation. Our summer home is in the heart of Rio Grande National Forest. As we walk the trails or drive the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, the rivers, the waterfalls, the steep passes, everything reminds me how awesome our world is.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
I’m up early every morning and out walking my dogs between five and six a.m. most days. Watching the sun come over the mountains, listening to birds, seeing the lights come on in homes, I’m so grateful for another day to enjoy God’s blessings.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
My “sinking spells,” as my dear Aunt Bick calls them, come mid-day. As I said, I’m an early riser and by noonish I’m sleepy and tired and ready to stop writing. To overcome the weariness, I grab a protein-rich lunch/snack and take a break. Aunt Bick always grabs herself a Dr. Pepper. I nurse a cup of Irish Afternoon Tea, but no Dr. Peppers from me. I’m a Coca-Cola gal.
What do you wish your were more conscious of?
You know, there are those who tell me I’m too conscious, too observant, and too detailed. Maybe a better question for me would be how are you tempering what you’re conscious of. I do work on seeing the forest instead of the leaves and insects. So to answer your question though, I wish I could see the big picture, the broad scene and not be so over conscious of the lesser things.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
I make lists, prioritize, and use sticky notes to remind me what needs to be done and when. Did you know there is a sticky note program for your PC? Those little notes on my desktop keep me on target when I have deadlines.
Yet life can still become a struggle to focus with lots of things tugging for attention. In those times, I focus on what is truly important – family and make necessary adjustments.
About Judythe Morgan:
I write because I’m utterly, totally miserable when I’m not. I not only enjoy writing stories I love to listen to other people talk about their dreams, fears, joys, sorrows, desires, defeats and victories. Their stories fascinate me, and because storytelling comes as naturally to me as breathing, ideas, what ifs and thoughts, jumble in my head and eventually flow onto the page. I do caution people when talking with me because, like the tee-shirt says, you could end up in my novel.
Currently, I am writing a Prequel to THE PENDANT’S PROMISE. It’s the story about how Lily and Alex met in 1966 in South Korea then the Vietnam War separated. LOVE IN THE MORNING CALM provides the reader with details to help understand how their deep commitment lasted until they met again in 1986.
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