Friday, June 28, 2013

Change is Good!

It's been a few weeks since I last posted. There are reasons for that. First, I'm a speech-language pathologist working at a public school and June is one of the busiest months of the year. Second, I'm almost finished with the first draft of my second novel, and that's been consuming all of my writing time. Third, I need a change from Kick Back Moments. It certainly has been fun searching for spontaneous occurrences that settle the nerves, like seeing a spectacular sunrise while stuck in traffic. When I sit down to blog however, I find myself wanting to write about the book world, so why not go for it. Something fresh to start the summer. The new name for Kick Back Moments will be:

A Novel Journey 
It will be at the same place with the same address, but the content will be slightly different. What will you find?
  • A variety of posts about the often crazy writing and publication process. 

  • The joys and frustrations of being a writer. For example, a joy are the places you go when writing a novel. In July, I'll be traveling to the spiritual center in Lily Dale, NY to visit with a medium. The main character in my book attempts to contact someone who has died in order to fulfill a wish, so I need to experience it. I can't wait to see what happens and you'll hear all about it. In August, I'm visiting a coffee plantation on the Big Island in Hawaii because that's the setting for my story. I'll be sure to post plenty of photos. One of the frustrations of being a writer is the paycheck. In most cases, it doesn't exist. Thankfully, I have a great day job! It is true however, that artists create because the soul demands it, not for the money.    

  • Great books I've read. No bad reviews here. If I don't like a book, you'll never know about it. One person's idea of a good read, may put someone else to sleep. It's all so subjective. I'd never want to dissuade anyone from trying a book just because I didn't like it.
Loved it!
  • Authors and more authors. Most authors have such interesting stories about how they started writing and how they became published. Many world class authors such as Neil Gaiman and Jodi Picoult visit the Saratoga Springs area when they do book tours. They will frequently be featured here. You'll also meet writers who may not be on the New York Times Best Sellers List yet, but are on the rise. 

                                                          Garth Stein signing his novel,
The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • I'll also post a kick back moment every now and then along with other cool stuff like this eagle I spotted while I was kayaking last Sunday on Kaydeross Creek in Saratoga Springs, NY. After all, a novel journey can be about writing/reading a book or discoveries.   

 Bald eagle spotted on Kaydeross Creek
Saratoga Springs, NY
I sincerely have appreciated you stopping by Kick Back Moments and hope you continue to do so under it's new name. I started blogging because everything I read about becoming a successful writer said it was a must. In the beginning, it felt like I was talking to myself. Probably because I was, but I kept at it. Now, I get about 3,000 hits a month from all over the world. It has been fun and rewarding so I will continue with a slight twist. Please come back and visit A Novel Journey. After all:



  1. What a novel(pun intended)idea!! I'm interested in following you as you write your book. Of course I will miss your other blog as it is one of my favoites!!

    Good luck,


  2. Hi Peggy! I agree, change is good! I am looking forward to your new format. Please occasionally put a Kick Back Moment in there though, I love them. Have an amazing time on your research adventures!

  3. This sounds like a good way to ramp up interest for your next novel, by writing about your research trips. Looking forward to it!

  4. This is a very special moment to you Peggy. Changes are good, yes... but not always easy. Even though this one sounds really special and exciting. - Of course I'll stay a reader and follower of your blog, no matter what its name will be!! Good luck!!!

  5. Kick Back Moments is one of my favorite blogs, and I'm sure A Novel Journey will be too. I'll be watching for your first post.

  6. Sounds an interesting idea, Peggy. Love the pics and suggested books etc on this site too.

    1. Thanks Dale. Always looking for good books to read. Let me know if you read any great ones.