Monday, September 16, 2019

An M&M Sunday

Vroom vroom! The cars are speeding around the track in the NASCAR playoffs.  It must be Sunday. Time for a nap while Stewart watches the races except, heaven help me, I’m getting to know the racers by their car sponsors and car numbers and have even picked my favorite driver, Kyle Busch. He drives No. 18 and since he’s sponsored by M&Ms, the car is blue with colorful candies painted on it. His older brother Kurt, driving No. 1 and sponsored by Monster Energy, is a fierce competitor. Another favorite of mine is No. 48 driven by Jimmie Johnson, mainly because I remember when he used to race in my hometown of El Cajon, CA. Local boy makes good.

What does this have to do with writing? Absolutely nothing. But it’s Sunday and I’m taking a day off and hope you are, too. Many years ago, my sister could tell you every winner of the Indianapolis 500 since it’s inception in 1911. Since I adored my older sister and wanted to be just like her, I developed a fringe interest in racing, for a while. Trust me, it didn’t last long. Then I met Stewart Hemby and the Hemby’s, including my son-in-law Bill, are avid race fans. Did I say avid?

Stewart is a southern boy after all and NASCAR is as much a part of the South as sweet tea and okra. I learned to like okra and now I can watch racing with a certain degree of interest. Just don’t hold your breath waiting for me to like sweet tea. I am a Vermonter born and bred and if you go anywhere in New England and ask for sweet tea, they look at you like you’re from outer space. I know because we were there this summer and that’s how the waitresses looked at Stewart.

Pardon me while I go get an M&M or two, or three, and help Kyle win this race. Mind you, I’m doing it strictly for Kyle, not me.

Quote of the Day: Finishing races is important, but racing is more important― Dale Earnhardt

Monday, August 19, 2019

Saving Lou

I have good news and bad news to report. 

Let's start with the bad news. I entered Saving Lou in the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA)  2019 contest back in February. The winners were announced at 9 pm on Sunday, August 11. There were many winners but, sadly, my name wasn't among them. I threw myself a little pity party and went to bed.

Here's the good news. Even though I was not a winner, my book is listed on the MWSA web site for all to see. Also, I received a review by them that I am pleased to post here.

Linda Loegel’s Saving Lou is an interesting and absorbing story about a family coming together to survive the depression and the separation of World War II.Lou Dyson is one half of a set of twins born in 1923. However, his brother Larry doesn’t survive to leave the hospital after birth, and Lou spends his whole life comparing himself to a brother he never knew. Struggling in school and life, Lou constantly feels that his brother Larry would have done it “better.” When the nation goes to war and Lou finds himself in the Navy, will combat at sea be enough to prove to himself that his life is worth living?This book is a story of a family coming together to overcome challenges. It is filled with love, concern, and heartache as the Dyson family deals with the Great Depression and World War II on the home front. The author uses the events in history as a backdrop to illustrate the importance of family, hard work, and service to country. Fans of World War II historical fiction will find this read worthwhile.

I have also received very nice reviews on Amazon. If you haven't read Saving Lou yet, I would urge you to buy the book and spend time with Lou Dyson. The book is available in paperback, Kindle, and audio.

Now excuse me, I need to get back to my pity party.

Quote of the day: Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Mahatma Gandhi