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What do you want to be?

Sometimes I feel stuck.  It seems that my life is passing me by and I don’t see that there are other choices I can make.

Nick is so excited that Halloween is coming up.  It is not just the opportunity to go trick-or-treating that he looks forward to.  He loves the costumes.  He is currently asking everyone what are they going to be for Halloween?  At first I thought that he meant what costume are you going to wear.  But when I talked to him about it, it became obvious that he sees it differently.  He embodies the character.

In recent years he has dressed up in a pilots uniform.  That is what he is this year too.  He is going to a Halloween party at school this morning and when I helped him into the coat and placed the hat on his head, he looked up into my eyes and said, “I a pilot, mom? I a pilot!”  Yes Nick, today you are a pilot.

We all know how much Nick loves everything about airplanes and if it were possible, I know that he would be a pilot year round just like his older brother Ryan.  For now, he is a pilot for Halloween and flies his toy airplanes.

What are your dreams?  What do you want to be?  What is keeping you from accomplishing that?  Perhaps the first step is to dress up as if you already were.  I wonder if I play-acted for just one day, would that help me believe I could do it?  Sometimes we all sabotage ourselves.  Sometimes we get in our way.  Nick’s belief that he is a pilot when he puts on the uniform and flies his small planes brings him great joy.  Is it simplistic?  Is it that easy?  It might be!

What do I want to be?  I am going to dream.

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.