A Change of Pace

To my friends, family, and faithful readers,

I have been wrestling with the clock, which insists on offering a mere twenty-four hours in each day. I have argued with that digital monster, determined that I could beat it, certain that I don’t need to sleep more than a few hours, sure that I can accomplish all I dream of doing without giving up a single thing.

Bottom line: I want to write two books. One book is a collection of three years of weekly Texas history blogs. The other book is a prequel to Stein House, which I’m calling The Doctor’s Wife. (If you have read Stein House, you know Amelia is the doctor’s wife, and her story chronicles the exciting and tragic migration of thousands of Germans to the Texas coast beginning in the mid-1840s.) Both books are underway, but I am spending far too much time researching and writing the weekly Texas history blog and lecturing on a regular basis for several venues.

Some readers imagine that I harbor a library of information and simply spew out the details each week. Each blog requires at least a full day and often much more.

My plan is to take some time off from writing the weekly Texas history blog and devote more time to telling the Texas tale in a different format. I will try to keep my website up to date if you are curious about my progress. I appreciate your faithful reading, and as I write this I am already feeling sad. I hope to hear from you with best wishes. And I hope to see you again at this site.




24 thoughts on “A Change of Pace

  1. Fridays will not be the same without your blog to look forward to but it will be wonderful to have them all under one cover. Thank you for all the reading pleasure you have given us as we look forward to your new publications. With many good wishes and much admiration, Jean


  2. Al the very best as you take on these new books. As soon as your Texas History book is finished it will be at the top of my wish list for my cousin who lives in Texas and has more time on his hands now. I will miss your blog more than you can imagine. You have been such an inspiration, and I want to thank you for all the hours you have put in. I often read your posts to my husband and we have started a ‘must see’ list for our next visit to the US and Texas.


  3. Ah yes…..the reality of 24 hours and the limitations of physical, mental and emotional energy. Choices, choices …whether we make them consciously or not ….choices. I salute you choosing to follow your primary dream among your overload of dreams. Jimmy


  4. I read your blogs religiously and pass on to those I think would be interested…..BUT, you are retired and should be doing what YOU want to do.  Personally, I hope you do the sequel…..what an easy way for “us” to get our Texas History lesson!  How was the TX Book Festival?Patti   From: Myra H. Mcilvain To: patti_niles@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, November 7, 2014 2:40 PM Subject: [New post] A Change of Pace #yiv3182971784 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv3182971784 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv3182971784 a.yiv3182971784primaryactionlink:link, #yiv3182971784 a.yiv3182971784primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv3182971784 a.yiv3182971784primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv3182971784 a.yiv3182971784primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv3182971784 WordPress.com | myrahmcilvain posted: “To my friends, family, and faithful readers,I have been wrestling with the clock, which insists on offering a mere twenty-four hours in each day. I have argued with that digital monster, determined that I could beat it, certain that I don’t need to sl” | |


  5. No Texas this week? You wicked wicked woman!
    Of course i support you one thousand percent, you know that, in your new direction and GOOD LUCK with the writing.
    But i do miss the weekly.
    Big hugs


  6. Oh Boy!! Do I ever know how you feel. I’ll look forward to reading the prequel and seeing all those blog posts in one beautiful book.


  7. I do look forward to reading your blog, having said that….I love your books and we have finite time in our lives! Drat! Do what makes your heart sing 🙂 You’ve been making the time in your life, I think this is a good way to carry on. I can always check up on you…you aren’t hard to find 🙂 And look forward to any book you publish. You are one of my heroines!


  8. Myra Jean, Each of us is allotted the same number of hrs each day. But, some of us try to fill each one to the brim, and then some, with all we want to accomplish. I’m glad you are giving yourself permission to choose what’s most important to you. Much love, Vonna Gayle

    Sent from my iPhone


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