Good or bad, it’s time to get the book done!

And after a little vacation, I’m determined to make it to the finish line.

I know, you’ve heard this song and dance from me before. Ha Ha. Yeah, I know but family comes first. So, I’m off to Paris to watch my lovely granddaughter graduate from high school. However, when I return my laptop is gonna be smoking. 

For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be enjoying family and the beautiful sites of Paris and attempt to trace my heritage in Scotland.

But not to worry, I’ve studied hard on the subject of writing and blogging, scheduling posts to share in my absence and we can still keep in touch. Plus the info I’ve managed to garner will help me get back in the saddle myself when I return and finish my damn book.

In addition to staying committed to my readers and blog, I’m dedicated to attacking my unfinished manuscript. Below is another terrific article to encourage me and maybe you to finish what we start.

Tips for Committing to Getting Your Book Done! by Lauren Carr 

I learned from Ms. Carr is that we all have a Writer’s Zone. A time when we do our best writing. Find that time and maximize it. 

Your Writer’s Zone could be a game changer. 

Caution you have entered the Writer's Zone - Jean's Writing

Break time, meet me at the water cooler.

Me Let's Discuss - Jeanswriting.comWhen is your best writing time?

Have you found your writing zone?

Do you know when you’re in the zone?

Do you find it easy or hard to get into the zone?

Want to know more about getting into your writing zone? Then click and keep reading.

13 Tips For Getting Into The Writing Zone, Just In Time For NaNoWriMo By 





How do you keep from falling behind?

Wow! I was only gone two weeks. And now I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Someone sure stirred up the weather gods, while I was on vacation.

Geesh, Hurricane Harvey ushered our plane out of Texas and Irma waited for our return.

I’m so glad that my friends are safe out of harm’s way. With every email, text, tweet and blog post I was thrilled to see smiling faces and read triumph words of survival.

Houston is still cleaning up the mess Harvey left, and Florida will be cleaning for weeks to come. My heart goes out to those who are struggling. Y’all stay dry, Ya hear?

Keeping up with everyone while on holiday, in the 16 Arrondissement in Paris was not as easy as one might think. The internet connection left much to be desired. Even though I’d backed all up to the cloud so I could work a little bit while visiting.

Connecting to the internet cloud

After struggling with my cell phone, I just gave up and enjoyed my granddaughters.

So my apologies if I haven’t been very attentive. 

In spite of feeling disconnected, my vacation was lovely. Spending time with my daughter and her family is always fun. Father and daughter

Not to mention the shopping, the food, wine, and laughter. Shopping in Paris

I’ve only been back a couple of days, and I miss them already. Sigh.


But, there’s always next year.

But vacation is over and it’s time to buckle down and write/blog. Hmm, maybe after I wash the mountain of clothes that sprang from our suitcases.

I feel as though I left my motivation somewhere and forgot where. Kinda like misplaced keys. LOL

Any suggestions on how to get back in the groove after a wonderful fun-filled two weeks?

In the mean time, Y’all stay safe! Because unfortunately, hurricane season is not over.

How High’s the Water Mama?

Want to know more about Paris?

Best Things To See And Do In The 16th Arrondissement Of Paris

A Francophile in France

How is everyone doing out there?

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Please stop by and say “hey!”  I’ll leave a light on. 

Do you need time to recharge and find new inspiration?

I did.

Setting up my blog to continue without me for a few weeks was time-consuming but worth it. Automation is a wonder thing. Knowing my blog could continue, even in my absence, made letting go easier.

I want to thank everyone for sticking with me during my break. The time with my family was precious, and I can’t wait for our next visit to Paris.

My daughter is a great hostess although she almost walked us to death. She filled our days with seeing the best of the city, good food, and great wines. There is so much to see and do we needed another couple of weeks to see it all.

Chateau_De_Vincennes Photo by JM Cogdell
Dancing Horses at Chateau De Vaux-le-Vicomte  Photo by JM Cogdell

Want to see more lovely Paris pictures, you should check out my daughter’s blog, A Francophile in France.

After a few days, my husband and I gave her a break and took a quick hop, on Eurostar, over to London.

St Pancras International Train Station Photo by JM Cogdell

I’d never been and loved every minute of it. London is a lot bigger than I expected and as we wandered the city had a tendency to get lost. But that only made the adventure more fun.

Powering down for three weeks is not easy for this type A writer. Internet access was spotty at best, and I must admit to feeling a bit of withdrawal the first few days.

But letting go and just being in the moment with family was wonderful. Plus filling my time with reading books instead of writing sparked inspiration. I recommend everyone take a bit of time to recharge and enjoy life.

So how did you recharge this summer?

Did you take time away from writing and blogging to enjoy life?

Do you find it hard to let go and unplug?

I’d love to hear from you! Click the “write me” tab or contact me on Twitter @jeancogdell,Facebook at jean.cogdell and, stop by and say hey! The lights are on, and I’m waiting.

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Do you love to travel?

I do!

Tell me, what is your favorite place to visit?

When I read Julia’s prompt week #179 I knew instantly what I wanted to write about, my favorite city, Paris!

The city of lights!

If you enjoy my little piece of flash, let me know.


She snapped the box shut. That was the last of the decorations. This time next year, she’d drink French champagne, not eggnog. No cleaning up stray pine needles or broken fragments of glass ornaments in the carpet next Christmas.

Shouts and cheers erupted from the den. Lost in her thoughts, and in the drone of her vacuum, the football game faded into the background.

Paris. Better late than never. So what it took her fifty years. Just the thought of strolling the Seine arm-in-arm with Mark melted away twenty years. She expected to lose ten more when she saw the Eiffel tower.

eiffel tower TLC



Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise, I’ll be in Paris and London this Spring! Yay!

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