Just a few pics from our hike back in September, 2019 to Smith Rock, Oregon. The trail is aptly called “The Misery Trail”Read More Smith Rock-Misery trail-2019
I’ve done it to myself. I’ve set expectations so high for myself that I’m not leaving much time for family and friends.Read More Scrambling to keep up with life…
Do you know that feeling you get when you finish something? That’s what I have going on right now! I finished the bulk of my third book in the Coffee and Emeralds series. It’s title will be “The Essence of Green”. A cover reveal is coming….Read More Completing Things
The other thing we did was head to a local casino. I’m not much of a gambler, but it was fun. We wore gloves and double masked while we were there. We wanted to have some fun before things shut down again. At one point I was up $100 bucks, but promptly lost it. My partner managed to win back almost everything we lost and we just about broke even. We had a good time hanging with her sister and brother in law, and it’s something we can all do together, and will do again once it’s a little safer out there.Read More Updates and Fun Stuff
On Sunday we took a boat out with a group wearing our masks to do some whale watching. Let’s just say that out of the eight of us half of us didn’t have a very good time. I was fine, didn’t get seasick at all. But others…Read More Outdoor Adventures
It was nearly 100 degrees on Saturday, August 14th at Eugene Pride. I think this kept some people away, but all in all, it was a good time and a good turnout.Read More Eugene Pride
I’m looking for name suggestions for the podcast. Any help would be appreciated! Do you have a suggestion? Click the FEEDBACK button on the lower left to send it to me!Read More Hoping to hear from you…
Hey there. I’m hoping to grow my podcast follower family, so I’m hoping you will take a couple of minutes out of your day and give my podcast a listen! The more listens I get, the more chance I have of gaining followers. The next episode will release on Monday, but you can hear episode […]Read More Please give it a listen
You can find my podcast here: https://anchor.fm/rae-mcdaniel-author or look for it on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/show/6wOqWiZyNL56vuCXyCCHs0Read More Podcasts now available!
My story, Out from the Under is now available to read on Kindle Vella! Your first 3 episodes are free!Read More Now available on Kindle Vella!
I will release three episodes a week and have twelve ready to go. Three will release on the 2nd and I will release another three on August 6th, then every Friday after that, barring any unforeseen circumstances.Read More Coming August 2nd!
There are times when we feel as if she is standing right next to us, or sitting at the table telling us to take off our jacket. I see her hugging her dogs as they climb into her lap, and I see the smile on her face as she held her newest grandchild for the first time.Read More Absence
Make your voice heard, vote your conscience. Vote for the two candidates for the senate that will listen to you, work for you and not listen to special interests.Read More Georgia…Vote!
I want to first start out by saying Happy Holidays to everyone. I know this has been a tough year, and it’s not over yet. I wish you all health, happiness and success in the New Year.Read More Onward to 2021
This time of year, it can be hard to get everything we need to do done in a day. The added stress, lack of time, and other factors play heavily into our mindset, causing us to feel overwhelmed.Read More Hustle and Bustle
A huge weight has been lifted off of our shoulders. Can you feel it? Over the last few days, I’ve found myself in a better mood, smiling more and hopeful again about the future. We have a long way to go, but I think we will get there.Read More Transformation
The blue state vs. the red state thing has to end. We should not be fighting each other. We should be combating a virus to save lives. The virus is neither a democrat or a republican, it’s simply a killer.Read More Reconnecting
Moon falls is a majestic area with an incredible waterfall and a relatively easy 1 mile trail. Getting to it is the big holdup here, and we had our issues. Although we had been here before, Google maps took us on a different route than previous and we ended up on a maze of confusing and rough logging roads that took us to a spot above the trailhead. Google announced “you have arrived” but in fact, we weren’t there yet.Read More Out of the way places
People, this fire has been burning for far too long. Let’s put this fire out together. Now is the time. Stand up, speak up, do not stay silent any longer. This is not a time to say “me, me, me”, it’s a time to say “what can I do to help?” We need to come together as the human race. We are all human beings, are we not? It’s our right to peacefully protest to inspire change, and we’ve let this go on much too long.Read More Unprecedented Times
I know many of you are wondering when the Audible version of Crimson and Amber: Coffee and Emeralds Book Two will be released…Read More Crossing fingers
It’s funny how life goes along at a livable pace and then something happens to throw everything off. Often, it doesn’t take much to do that, but sometimes it’s big things that take you off track and you fight like hell to get back on it.Read More Off the Tracks…
Okay. That’s me. What about you? What are you doing to pass the time? Tell me of your inventive ways to spend your free time. What is keeping you sane right now?
Please share in the comments below. There are many of us that need ideas….SPILL!!!
Extra credit goes to the person that can identify the gaming controller in the picture above…LOL
No matter where you live, I’m sure if you are reading this, the COVID-19 virus has affected your life in some way. Are you quarantined? Are you an essential worker? I would really like to know your stories. Please, if you have a comment or story to share, leave them in the comments below.Read More Hows Everyone Holding Up?
I write this just as the Oregon Governor has issued a stay at home order for all Oregonians. I was in line at the bank drive thru when it was announced. Well…at least I made my car payment.Read More Uncertain Times
Whether you’re young or a little older, we’ve all had times in our lives when our heart was broken. A best friend moves away, a parent or sibling or other family member passes away, or a relationship falls apart. All of these things and so much more can cause heartbreak.Read More Heartbreak
We finally got back out there this weekend! First hike of 2020 in the books. We did a simple trek to McDowell Creek. It’s closeby, and an easy one to start off with.Read More 2020
I’m finally back after taking a break for personal reasons. All is well here now and I’m ready to get back into things.Read More Hello out there!
As I continue to work on book three of the Coffee and Emeralds series, I have also begun drafting a new novel and re-drafting the post-apocalyptic novel that I set aside last year.Read More New year, new stories
When I get anxious, I talk fast, often not making sense or saying things I don’t mean. I can’t think straight when I get this way.Read More Can’t think straight
As I sit here, hunkered down to do some writing, I am trying also to look ahead at things to come. The last year is in the past and I have much to look forward to.Read More Looking ahead
Warm greetings everyone! I just wanted to wish you all a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!Read More Greetings of the Season!
I know this is a tough time of year for everyone. It is for me. I work hard to try to remember my sister, my brother and my parents in a positive light, but the negative of the loss always seeps through. I miss them all. I wish they were here.Read More Busy time of year
It’s been so cold here in Oregon lately, and we stayed warm, huddled up on the couch under a blanket watching Dolly Parton’s Heart Strings on Netflix. Corny, I know but man that woman can still sing!Read More Titles and Covers
It’s hard, isn’t it? Being patient about anything is a chore. Right now, I am exercising patience about several things, some of which I will mention, some I will keep to myself 😁Read More Patience
We ventured back to Sweet Creek this past weekend and as promised, I have pictures for you. We didn’t make it in time for the intense Fall colors we were hoping for but it was still a lovely day spent outside.Read More As promised
I know that most people do, but Saturday and Sunday used to be just days of the week for me. Days to do chores like shopping and cleaning.Read More I love weekends
Halloween has always been a fun time of the year. Seeing all the little dinosaurs, jedi knights, superheroes and princesses out and about trick or treating.Read More Happy Halloween!
I may not agree with my family, friends and coworkers about everything. How can I? I am my own person and entitled to my own opinions.Read More I may not agree…
Are you a Sarah lover or do you prefer Jo? Other readers tell me they absolutely adore Karen and many have told me how much they love Trevor.Read More Who is your favorite character?
With the impending release of Crimson and Amber, Book Two of the Coffee and Emeralds series on Audible, life has been both busy and stressful.Read More Here we go
It’s been a few weeks since my last blog post. Sorry I’ve been so absent.Life is so busy sometimes and it makes it hard to find time to do what I need to do.I apologize to my readers for not checking in.I’m still here!Read More It’s been a while
It’s been much colder here lately. I find myself snuggling closer to my love to take in her body heat. Fall has arrived and with it comes lower temperatures and the wonderful colors of Autumn in the places I long to visit.Read More The wonders of Fall, fatigue and an update…
Hiking anywhere in the Pacific Northwest is always a refreshing and renewing experience. It doesn’t matter where we go when we spend time in the trees, its always a rewarding and wonderful time.Read More The PNW
It’s coming really soon! I’m very excited about my producer/narrator, Tristin Rutherford! She’s done a fabulous job. I really feel as if she’s brought the characters to life and I’ve found myself laughing, crying and worrying along with Jo and Sarah.Read More Sorry I’m late…
This Summer has seemed to fly by. I’ve spent most weekends hiking somewhere, have been back to several places and discovered a few new ones as well.Read More Looking forward to the Fall!
I’m having one of those days. I’m struggling so much financially that it’s affecting my work today and I need to rantRead More I’m ranting…
My girl and I went to our local 🌈Pride🏳️🌈 celebration this past Saturday and it was awesome!Read More In the Zone &🏳️🌈Pride
My day usually starts at 5 am. I get up, write for two hours then get set to go to work. In itself, that can be exhilarating as I progress in my current storyline. Sometimes though, I need to take a break, like last week.Read More Hello there
As I continue to write my next book, a dystopian novel featuring strong female characters, I continually step into the present in the USA and it comes through in my words. I really hope this book makes it to the mainstream.Read More Taking bigger steps…
The Essence of Green, Coffee and Emeralds Book Three is now available for pre-orders and will release on 9/24/21!Read More Cover reveal and now available for pre-order!