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A Miracle of an Angel Cat

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As many of you know, I am not highly religious. I often doubt any higher power exists beyond what we can see. There are times that I do believe with all my heart that something or someone is watching over us. And for this moment time when I captured this photo, I can say with certainty that someone was watching over me when this little angel appeared.

Here is the background on the photo:

I took this photo in December 2014 and aptly named her God’s Cat.

She appeared during a frustrating time when I was working in the Nazareth, Texas cemetery installing maps. The glass and metal case doors were extremely heavy and the West Texas wind was not cooperating. Each case door had to be lifted vertically, secured, and weighed about 60 pounds.

My curses ceased when this grey-blue-eyed cat appeared and started intertwining herself around my feet and legs, purring incessantly, along with a few meows. I had to pause many times so I would not trip or step on her. Those pauses gave me enough breathing room to actually stop and breath. Her presence calmed me and I was able to finish the installation of the maps even given the occasional gust of wind. At that moment in time, God knew what I needed.

Today, this little angel cat still reminds me it’s not a higher power who lets us down, it’s people who have an unwavering ability to let you down in life that you come across daily.  In reflection when I still look into her grey-blue eyes I’m thankful knowing God or an angel provided a calming gift in my life without me even realizing I needed one.

Life has changed dramatically since 2014 and this photo reminds me of this…

We all need small daily miracles.

We all need to believe that something more than this crazy world exists.

Often it is just a blue-eyed cat to remind us to stop, breathe, and enjoy life.

The Writing and Titling of the Hunt Book

To only be able to go back through a door of history to see the truth of history in the certain time.

Sooooo – I’ve been writing and research the true crime story of the Hunt murders for seven years. I thought I was done in the fall of 2016, but feedback on the manuscript suggested I was not before it goes off to another publishing house. While the edits were minor they improved the flow of the story. One university press had the book for over year before they came back without even reading the book and said, “It needs more work.” The book itself has been revised 18 times since I put all the research into a book format.

From the beginning of placing the thousands of research pages into chapters, those chapters have been moved around, large amounts of text have been relocated to other chapters and I edited out a lot of nonessential wording.

Many people don’t understand the process of writing a nonfiction book or any book for that matter. It is one thing to revise a blog post, a research paper or even an article and a 300 + page revision of a book is overwhelming. I will admit that even during my many revisions I found new errors and even identified errors in spelling of names throughout the book.

The last person to give me an honest read-through feedback liked the writing and the story. She even came up with her own questions regarding the murders. She’s read true crime books and mysteries all her life, so I trust her. Another reader offered her insights about not including my side stories of my research process or even putting them at the end. That suggestion I’m still considering.

The title of the book has evolved over time, yet nothing I came up with really sat well with me. The proposed titles never seemed to jump off the page and connect the complicated story of this journey. A recently proposed title of “A Journey from Small Town Murder to Mystery” may be the perfect fit. The book is a documentary of the attempted murder of Dr. Roy Hunt, the actual Hunt murders, along with all the trials, along with the murder of the sheriff whose trial ties into the Hunt murders in the most unique way.

Thank you to the friends who’ve given me honest feedback. A Journey from Small Town Murder to Mystery – may be the title this book has long needed…

Onward.