A Spring Celebration

It snowed in Virginia Saturday night, just a dusting, but enough to make me yearn for Spring. By the afternoon, though, it was like my wish had been granted. The snow melted, the air smelled fresh, the sky turned blue and the sun shone brightly.

So here in celebration of Spring, is a poem by William Blake:
To Spring:

O thou with dewy locks, who lookest down
Thro’ the clear windows of the morning, turn
Thine angel eyes upon our western isle,
Which in full choir hails thy approach, O Spring!

The hills tell each other, and the listening
Valleys hear; all our longing eyes are turned
Up to thy bright pavilions: issue forth,
And let thy holy feet visit our clime.

Come o’er the eastern hills, and let our winds
Kiss thy perfumed garments; let us taste
Thy morn and evening breath; scatter thy pearls
Upon our love-sick land that mourns for thee.

O deck her forth with thy fair fingers; pour
Thy soft kisses on her bosom; and put
Thy golden crown upon her languished head,
Whose modest tresses were bound up for thee.

More celebration is in order for Risky Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee. Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee is a finalist for RWA’s Best Historical Romance. Hooray!!!

We’re celebrating for all the RITA and Golden Heart finalists!! (But especially for Amanda/Laurel!)
I’m in the throes of copy edits and finishing Leo’s Story, my Diamonds of Welbourne Manor book. I’ll really be celebrating when those are done. Tune in to Diane’s Blog on Thursday to see how I’m progressing.
What are you celebrating today?
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Cara King
11 years ago

Yay, Amanda!!!

What am I celebrating today? (Besides Amanda?) How about the fact that it’s not raining today! (I’m getting tired of water coming through the walls.)


Diane Gaston
11 years ago

Another weather related celebration!!! Hope the rain stops tomorrow, too, and the sun shines for you, Cara!

Elena Greene
11 years ago

Congrats, Amanda!

And thanks for the lovely poem, Diane. Just what I needed.

Jeanne M
11 years ago

First I want to congratulate the Riskys!

Today I’m celebrating that I’m spending the day with my grandson.
At the end of 2010 my boss informed me that although my job requirements would remain the same my hours were being cut from 40 to 26 hours per week. Of course the same amount of work was required to be done – just in less time! So goeth the economy!

The fortunate thing ended up being that I am now available to watch my 2 year old grandson. Yeah! I’ve decided that having to do more work in a less amount of time is worth the precious moments I now have with a terrific little boy.

Barbara Monajem
11 years ago

Congrats, Amanda! I will be cheering you on at National. 🙂

I’m celebrating being *almost* finished writing my current paranormal. I just have the climax scenes to write. Those scenes are almost like a workout because my heart races while writing them. Not that I’m using that as an excuse to skip my daily walks. 😉 Also celebrating b/c once that’s done, I get to start on another historical!

Diane Gaston
11 years ago

Jeanne, I agree completely that the time with your grandson is more valuable than the extra hours at work!!

Elena, any respite from the weather! It’s going down to the 20s tonight in Virginia.

Yay, Barbara!!! Getting to the end of a manuscript is indeed cause for celebration.

11 years ago

I am celebrating no long trips in the near future. Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling, but in the past 5 weeks, I have made week and a half trip (a 15 hour drive north each way) for my Dad who is very ill, but getting better. A week after getting back from that, we made a planned vacation trip to New Orleans for a week+ which was an 8 to 10 hour drive. We got home from that trip and the following weekend headed to Georgia for a funeral. Unexpected and another 8 hours each way, down this past Sunday and home Monday.

Hopefully I will be able to be unpacked long enough to actually put the suitcases away.

Diane Gaston
11 years ago

Librarypat, what an ordeal! A trip to see ill relatives or to attend funerals are always long and difficult. May you be spared any more of them!

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