A Writer's View: Philip Johnsey

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A view inside my writing space
By Philip Johnsey

The warm sunlight streams through the thick palm fronds and casts shadows on the screen. I lean back to take a break and soak it all in.

The 3 tier fountain gurgles in the corner providing that soothing sound of flowing water. A variety of foliage, including Areca Palms and Jasmine bushes grace the fence. The fence is painted Disney’s Wonder blue which adds a theme park bright, festive backdrop for the foliage.

On the neighbor's roof a couple of doves sit together keeping watch over the landscape. It’s amazing how they just peacefully sit together. Unlike their cousins, the crows, which are intent on starting trouble or chasing something. However, I always enjoy the crow’s spirited antics.

In the distance, I hear the familiar cries of a hawk. The nature preserve just behind mine teams with a variety of wildlife. By day hawks and eagles grace the skies. By night, Coyotes howl as the trains go by. I glance up into the deep blue sky. Overhead, an Osprey effortlessly glides on the wind currents. It’s keen eyesight searching the intercoastal waters for its next meal.

My laptop has switched into screensaver mode and so has my body. If I don’t sit up soon, I’ll be fast asleep! This is my patio and it’s one of my favorite places to write. Being outdoors, in the fresh air, and surrounded by nature is where I’m most creative.

I love to write but sitting inside when it’s so nice outside is almost frustrating. Often, I’ll parlay my writing till the evening so I can enjoy the day. Course, delaying writing doesn’t bode well with deadlines.

Writing on the patio solves those issues by providing an outdoor venue that’s serene enough to concentrate but open enough to enjoy the outdoors.

Now I just have to do decide; do I continue writing or enjoy that inevitable nap.

About the Author:
Raised on a farm and having been a volunteer at different animal rescues, it’s no surprise that his first two published articles were about animals. So it’s only fitting that Phil’s first book is about animals and the connections we share.

From Phil’s first high school job to present, he’s spent his career working with clients, explaining complex ideas in an easy to understand manner. In addition Phil enjoys exploring the world and sharing those adventures via writing, photography, and videography.

Phil’s credits include, multiple certifications, Reiki master, photographer, author of two blogs, author of a travel column, creates short segments for a local T.V. station and whatever else he can get into.

Edmund blasts across the yard against my calls to come in. He gleely runs off and I chase him across the grass only to find a unique butterfly or a sky filled with stars. As soon as I stop and admire, Edmund promptly comes to my side and rubs against me.

Do you ever wonder if there is more to your pet's behavior than meets the eye? Sometimes their antics are more than just random behavior. Can we learn something about ourselves by watching them?

I believe so and Climb that Fence take that Leap is a compilation of personal, inspirational animal stories and the life lessons I gleaned from them.

After enjoying these stories, hopefully you'll enjoy more quality time with your furry friend and know what it takes to Climb that Fence and Take that Leap!

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  1. Thank you for the interview. Writing outside is one of my favorite things.

  2. Thanks for sharing! The kitty on the cover is so cute! Much cuter than my baby...she's naked! Yep...a sphynx cat :) But I wouldn't trade her for the world!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  3. Thanks for sharing your view and the giveaway. Sounds like a fun book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  4. Haha, loved the Sphynx comment. With two cats, I have lots of fur to go around!!

  5. I love reading about animals. They are so precious.

  6. Your writing space sounds wonderful.


  7. Oh, I want to visit your writing space. Sounds divine! Thanks for sharing.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  8. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
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